Why Have You Forsaken Me?
To the choirmaster: according to The Doe of the Dawn. A Psalm of David.1 aMy God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
Why are you so bfar from saving me, from the words of my cgroaning?
2O my God, I cry by dday, but you do not answer,
and by night, but I find no rest.
3 Yet you are eholy,
fenthroned on gthe praises ▼
▼Or dwelling in the praisesof Israel.
4In you our fathers trusted;
they trusted, and you delivered them.
5To you they icried and were rescued;
in you they jtrusted and were not put to shame.
6 But I am ka worm and not a man,
lscorned by mankind and mdespised by the people.
7All who see me nmock me;
they make mouths at me; they owag their heads;
8 p“He trusts in the Lord; let him qdeliver him;
let him rescue him, for he rdelights in him!”
9 Yet you are he who stook me from the womb;
you made me trust you at my mother’s breasts.
10On you was I cast from my birth,
and from tmy mother’s womb you have been my God.
11Be not ufar from me,
for trouble is near,
and there is vnone to help.
12 Many bulls encompass me;
wstrong bulls of xBashan surround me;
13they yopen wide their mouths at me,
like a ravening and roaring lion.
14 I am zpoured out like water,
and all my bones are aaout of joint;
my abheart is like acwax;
it is melted within my breast;
15my strength is addried up like a potsherd,
and my aetongue sticks to my jaws;
you lay me in the dust of death.
16 For afdogs encompass me;
a company of evildoers agencircles me;
they have ahpierced my hands and feet ▼
▼Some Hebrew manuscripts, Septuagint, Vulgate, Syriac; most Hebrew manuscripts like a lion [they are at] my hands and feet—
17I can count all my bones—
they ajstare and gloat over me;
18 akthey divide my garments among them,
and for my clothing they cast lots.
19 But you, O Lord, aldo not be far off!
O you my help, amcome quickly to my aid!
20Deliver my soul from the sword,
my precious life from the power of anthe dog!
21Save me from aothe mouth of the lion!
You have rescued ▼
▼Hebrew answeredme from the horns of aqthe wild oxen!
22 arI will tell of your name to my asbrothers;
in the midst of the congregation I will praise you:
23You who atfear the Lord, praise him!
All you offspring of Jacob auglorify him,
and stand in awe of him, all you offspring of Israel!
24For he has not despised or abhorred
the affliction of avthe afflicted,
and he has not awhidden his face from him,
but has heard, when he axcried to him.
25 From you comes my praise in the great aycongregation;
my azvows I will baperform before those who fear him.
26 bbThe afflicted ▼
▼Or The meekshall bdeat and be satisfied;
those who seek him shall praise the Lord!
May your hearts belive forever!
27 All bfthe ends of the earth shall remember
and turn to the Lord,
and all bgthe families of the nations
shall worship before you.
28For bhkingship belongs to the Lord,
and he rules over the nations.
29 All bithe prosperous of the earth eat and worship;
before him shall bjbow all who go down to the dust,
even the one who could not bkkeep himself alive.
30Posterity shall serve him;
it shall be told of the Lord to the coming blgeneration;
31they shall bmcome and proclaim his righteousness to a people yet bnunborn,
that he has done it.
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