A Cry of Anguish and Song of Praise
To the chief Musician upon Ai´jeleth Shahar, A Psalm of David.
1 # Matt 27.46; Mark 15.34. My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?
Why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring?
2O my God, I cry in the daytime, but thou hearest not;
and in the night season, and am not silent.
3But thou art holy,
O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.
4Our fathers trusted in thee:
they trusted, and thou didst deliver them.
5They cried unto thee, and were delivered:
they trusted in thee, and were not confounded.
6But I am a worm, and no man;
a reproach of men, and despised of the people.
7 # Matt 27.39; Mark 15.29; Luke 23.35. All they that see me laugh me to scorn:
they shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying,
8 # Matt 27.43. He trusted on the Lord that he would deliver him:
let him deliver him, seeing he delighted in him.
9But thou art he that took me out of the womb:
thou didst make me hope when I was upon my mother's breasts.
10I was cast upon thee from the womb:
thou art my God from my mother's belly.
11Be not far from me; for trouble is near;
for there is none to help.
12Many bulls have compassed me:
strong bulls of Bashan have beset me round.
13They gaped upon me with their mouths,
as a ravening and a roaring lion.
14I am poured out like water,
and all my bones are out of joint:
my heart is like wax;
it is melted in the midst of my bowels.
15My strength is dried up like a potsherd;
and my tongue cleaveth to my jaws;
and thou hast brought me into the dust of death.
16For dogs have compassed me:
the assembly of the wicked have inclosed me:
they pierced my hands and my feet.
17I may tell all my bones:
they look and stare upon me.
18 # Matt 27.35; Mark 15.24; Luke 23.34; John 19.24. They part my garments among them,
and cast lots upon my vesture.
19But be not thou far from me, O Lord:
O my strength, haste thee to help me.
20Deliver my soul from the sword;
my darling from the power of the dog.
21Save me from the lion's mouth:
for thou hast heard me from the horns of the unicorns.
22 # Heb 2.12. I will declare thy name unto my brethren:
in the midst of the congregation will I praise thee.
23Ye that fear the Lord, praise him;
all ye the seed of Jacob, glorify him;
and fear him, all ye the seed of Israel.
24For he hath not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted;
neither hath he hid his face from him;
but when he cried unto him, he heard.
25My praise shall be of thee in the great congregation:
I will pay my vows before them that fear him.
26The meek shall eat and be satisfied:
they shall praise the Lord that seek him:
your heart shall live for ever.
27All the ends of the world shall remember and turn unto the Lord:
and all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before thee.
28For the kingdom is the Lord's:
and he is the governor among the nations.
29All they that be fat upon earth shall eat and worship:
all they that go down to the dust shall bow before him:
and none can keep alive his own soul.
30A seed shall serve him;
it shall be accounted to the Lord for a generation.
31They shall come, and shall declare his righteousness
unto a people that shall be born, that he hath done this.