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   The Book of Psalms.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
Book I
A Cry of Anguish and a Song of Praise
For the Chief Musician; set to Aijeleth 1 Hash-Shahar. A Psalm of David.
[1]  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?
[2]  O my God, I cry in the daytime, but thou answerest not;
And in the night season, and 3 am not silent.
[3]  But thou art holy,
O thou that inhabitest 4 the praises of Israel.
[4]  Our fathers trusted in thee:
They trusted, and thou didst deliver them.
[5]  They cried unto thee, and were delivered:
They trusted in thee, and were not put to shame.
[6]  But I am a worm, and no man;
A reproach of men, and despised of the people.
[7]  All they that see me laugh me to scorn:
They shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying,
[8]  Commit 5 thyself unto Jehovah; let him deliver him:
Let him rescue him, seeing he delighteth in him.
[9]  But thou art he that took me out of the womb;
Thou didst make me trust when I was upon my mother’s breasts.
[10]  I was cast upon thee from the womb;
Thou art my God since my mother bare me.
[11]  Be not far from me; for trouble is near;
For there is none to help.
[12]  Many bulls have compassed me;
Strong bulls of Bashan have beset me round.
[13]  They gape upon me with their mouth,
As a ravening and a roaring lion.
[14]  I am poured out like water,
And all my bones are out of joint:
My heart is like wax;
It is melted within me.
[15]  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.
[16]  For dogs have compassed me:
A company of evil-doers have inclosed me;
They 6 pierced my hands and my feet.
[17]  I may count all my bones;
They look and stare upon me.
[18]  They part my garments among them,
And upon my vesture do they cast lots.
[19]  But be not thou far off, O Jehovah:
O thou my succor, haste thee to help me.
[20]  Deliver my soul from the sword,
My darling 7 from the power of the dog.
[21]  Save me from the lion’s mouth;
Yea, from the horns of the wild-oxen thou hast answered me.
[22]  I will declare thy name unto my brethren:
In the midst of the assembly will I praise thee.
[23]  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.
[24]  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.
[25]  Of thee cometh my praise in the great assembly:
I will pay my vows before them that fear him.
[26]  The meek shall eat and be satisfied;
They shall praise Jehovah that seek after him:
Let your heart live for ever.
[27]  All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn unto Jehovah;
And all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before thee.
[28]  For the kingdom is Jehovah’s;
And he is the ruler over the nations.
[29]  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.
[30]  A seed shall serve him;
It shall be told 8 of the Lord unto the next generation.
[31]  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]


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