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For the Chief Musician; set to Aijaleth hash-Shahar. A Psalm of David.

1My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?

Why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my groaning?

2O my God, I cry in the daytime, but thou answerest 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 put to shame.

6But I am a worm, and no man;

A reproach of men, and despised of the people.

7All they that see me laugh me to scorn:

They shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying,

8Commit thyself unto Jehovah;

let him deliver him:

Let him rescue him, seeing he delighteth in him.

9But thou art he that took me out of the womb;

Thou didst make me trust when I was upon my mother’s breasts.

10I was cast upon thee from the womb;

Thou art my God since my mother bare me.

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 gape upon me with their mouth,

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 within me.

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:

A company of evil-doers have inclosed me;

They pierced my hands and my feet.

17I may count all my bones.

They look and stare upon me;

18They part my garments among them,

And upon my vesture do they cast lots.

19But be not thou far off, O Jehovah:

O thou my succor, 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;

Yea, from the horns of the wild-oxen thou hast answered me.

22I will declare thy name unto my brethren:

In the midst of the assembly will I praise thee.

23Ye that fear Jehovah, praise him;

All ye the seed of Jacob, glorify him;

And stand in awe of 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.

25Of thee cometh my praise in the great assembly:

I will pay my vows before them that fear him.

26The meek shall eat and be satisfied;

They shall praise Jehovah that seek after him:

Let your heart live for ever.

27All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn unto Jehovah;

And all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before thee.

28For the kingdom is Jehovah’s;

And he is the ruler over the nations.

29All the fat ones of the earth shall eat and worship:

All they that go down to the dust shall bow before him,

Even he that cannot keep his soul alive.

30A seed shall serve him;

It shall be told of the Lord unto the next generation.

31They shall come and shall declare his righteousness

Unto a people that shall be born, that he hath done it.

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