1 My God, my God, why have you forsaken me, ♦︎
and are so far from my salvation,
from the words of my distress?
2 O my God, I cry in the daytime,
but you do not answer; ♦︎
and by night also, but I find no rest.
3 Yet you are the Holy One, ♦︎
enthroned upon the praises of Israel.
4 Our forebears trusted in you; ♦︎
they trusted, and you delivered them.
5 They cried out to you and were delivered; ♦︎
they put their trust in you and were not confounded.
6 But as for me, I am a worm and no man, ♦︎
scorned by all and despised by the people.
7 All who see me laugh me to scorn; ♦︎
they curl their lips and wag their heads, saying,
8 He trusted in the Lord; let him deliver him; ♦︎
let him deliver him, if he delights in him.
9 But it is you that took me out of the womb ♦︎
and laid me safe upon my mothers breast.
10 On you was I cast ever since I was born; ♦︎
you are my God even from my mothers womb.
11 Be not far from me, for trouble is near at hand ♦︎
and there is none to help.
12 Mighty oxen come around me; ♦︎
fat bulls of Bashan close me in on every side.
13 They gape upon me with their mouths, ♦︎
as it were a ramping and a roaring lion.
14 I am poured out like water;
all my bones are out of joint; ♦︎
my heart has become like wax
melting in the depths of my body.
15 My mouth is dried up like a potsherd;
my tongue cleaves to my gums; ♦︎
you have laid me in the dust of death.
16 For the hounds are all about me,
the pack of evildoers close in on me; ♦︎
they pierce my hands and my feet.
17 I can count all my bones; ♦︎
they stand staring and looking upon me.
18 They divide my garments among them; ♦︎
they cast lots for my clothing.
19 Be not far from me, O Lord; ♦︎
you are my strength; hasten to help me.
20 Deliver my soul from the sword, ♦︎
my poor life from the power of the dog.
21 Save me from the lions mouth,
from the horns of wild oxen. ♦︎
You have answered me!
22 I will tell of your name to my people; ♦︎
in the midst of the congregation will I praise you.
23 Praise the Lord, you that fear him; ♦︎
O seed of Jacob, glorify him;
stand in awe of him, O seed of Israel.
24 For he has not despised nor abhorred the suffering of the poor;
neither has he hidden his face from them; ♦︎
but when they cried to him he heard them.
25 From you comes my praise in the great congregation; ♦︎
I will perform my vows
in the presence of those that fear you.
26 The poor shall eat and be satisfied; ♦︎
those who seek the Lord shall praise him;
their hearts shall live for ever.
27 All the ends of the earth
shall remember and turn to the Lord, ♦︎
and all the families of the nations shall bow before him.
28 For the kingdom is the Lords ♦︎
and he rules over the nations.
29 How can those who sleep in the earth
bow down in worship, ♦︎
or those who go down to the dust kneel before him?
30 He has saved my life for himself;
my descendants shall serve him; ♦︎
this shall be told of the Lord for generations to come.
31 They shall come and make known his salvation,
to a people yet unborn, ♦︎
declaring that he, the Lord, has done it.