| The Book of Psalms.|
The Harvard Classics. 190914.
|A Cry of Anguish and a Song of Praise|
|For the Chief Musician; set to Aijeleth 1 Hash-Shahar. A Psalm of David.|
| ||MY God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?|
Why 2 art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my groaning?
| ||O my God, I cry in the daytime, but thou answerest not;|
And in the night season, and 3 am not silent.
| ||But thou art holy,|
O thou that inhabitest 4 the praises of Israel.
| ||Our fathers trusted in thee:|
They trusted, and thou didst deliver them.
| ||They cried unto thee, and were delivered:|
They trusted in thee, and were not put to shame.
| ||But I am a worm, and no man;|
A reproach of men, and despised of the people.
| ||All they that see me laugh me to scorn:|
They shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying,
| ||Commit 5 thyself unto Jehovah; let him deliver him:|
Let him rescue him, seeing he delighteth in him.
| ||But thou art he that took me out of the womb;|
Thou didst make me trust when I was upon my mothers breasts.
| ||I was cast upon thee from the womb;|
Thou art my God since my mother bare me.
| ||Be not far from me; for trouble is near;|
For there is none to help.
| ||Many bulls have compassed me;|
Strong bulls of Bashan have beset me round.
| ||They gape upon me with their mouth,|
As a ravening and a roaring lion.
| ||I am poured out like water,|
And all my bones are out of joint:
My heart is like wax;
It is melted within me.
| ||My strength is dried up like a potsherd;|
And my tongue cleaveth to my jaws;
And thou hast brought me into the dust of death.
| ||For dogs have compassed me:|
A company of evil-doers have inclosed me;
They 6 pierced my hands and my feet.
| ||I may count all my bones;|
They look and stare upon me.
| ||They part my garments among them,|
And upon my vesture do they cast lots.
| ||But be not thou far off, O Jehovah:|
O thou my succor, haste thee to help me.
| ||Deliver my soul from the sword,|
My darling 7 from the power of the dog.
| ||Save me from the lions mouth;|
Yea, from the horns of the wild-oxen thou hast answered me.
| ||I will declare thy name unto my brethren:|
In the midst of the assembly will I praise thee.
| ||Ye 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.
| ||For 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.
| ||Of thee cometh my praise in the great assembly:|
I will pay my vows before them that fear him.
| ||The meek shall eat and be satisfied;|
They shall praise Jehovah that seek after him:
Let your heart live for ever.
| ||All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn unto Jehovah;|
And all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before thee.
| ||For the kingdom is Jehovahs;|
And he is the ruler over the nations.
| ||All 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.
| ||A seed shall serve him;|
It shall be told 8 of the Lord unto the next generation.
| ||They shall come and shall declare his righteousness|
Unto a people that shall be born, that he hath done it.
|Note 1. That is, The hind of the morning. [back]|
|Note 2. Or, Far from my help are the words of my groaning.Heb. roaring. [back]|
|Note 3. Or, but find no rest. [back]|
|Note 4. Or, art enthroned upon. [back]|
|Note 5. Or, He trusted on Jehovah, that he would deliver him. [back]|
|Note 6. So the Sept., Vulg., and Syr. The Hebrew text as pointed reads, Like a lion, my &c. [back]|
|Note 7. Heb. only one.Or, dear life. [back]|
|Note 8. Or, counted unto the Lord for his generations. [back]|