For the director of music. To the tune of “The Doe of the Morning.” A psalm of David.
1My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, so far from my cries of anguish?2My God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer, by night, but I find no rest.3Yet you are enthroned as the Holy One; you are the one Israel praises.4In you our ancestors put their trust; they trusted and you delivered them.5To you they cried out and were saved; in you they trusted and were not put to shame.6But I am a worm and not a man, scorned by everyone, despised by the people.7All who see me mock me; they hurl insults, shaking their heads.8“He trusts in the Lord,” they say, “let the Lord rescue him. Let him deliver him, since he delights in him.”9Yet you brought me out of the womb; you made me trust in you, even at my mother’s breast.10From birth I was cast on you; from my mother’s womb you have been my God.11Do not be far from me, for trouble is near and there is no one to help.12Many bulls surround me; strong bulls of Bashan encircle me.13Roaring lions that tear their prey open their mouths wide against me.14I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint. My heart has turned to wax; it has melted within me.15My mouth is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth; you lay me in the dust of death.16Dogs surround me, a pack of villains encircles me; they pierce my hands and my feet.17All my bones are on display; people stare and gloat over me.18They divide my clothes among them and cast lots for my garment.19But you, Lord, do not be far from me. You are my strength; come quickly to help me.20Deliver me from the sword, my precious life from the power of the dogs.21Rescue me from the mouth of the lions; save me from the horns of the wild oxen.22I will declare your name to my people; in the assembly I will praise you.23You who fear the Lord, praise him! All you descendants of Jacob, honor him! Revere him, all you descendants of Israel!24For he has not despised or scorned the suffering of the afflicted one; he has not hidden his face from him but has listened to his cry for help.25From you comes the theme of my praise in the great assembly; before those who fear you I will fulfill my vows.26The poor will eat and be satisfied; those who seek the Lord will praise him— may your hearts live forever!27All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the Lord, and all the families of the nations will bow down before him,28for dominion belongs to the Lord and he rules over the nations.29All the rich of the earth will feast and worship; all who go down to the dust will kneel before him— those who cannot keep themselves alive.30Posterity will serve him; future generations will be told about the Lord.31They will proclaim his righteousness, declaring to a people yet unborn: He has done it!
King James Version
1To the chief Musician upon Aijeleth Shahar, A Psalm of David. My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring?2O my God, I cry in the daytime, but thou hearest 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 confounded.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 ,8He trusted on the LORD that he would deliver him: let him deliver him, seeing he delighted in him.9But thou art he that took me out of the womb: thou didst make me hope when I was upon my mother' breasts.10I was cast upon thee from the womb: thou art my God from my mother' belly.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 gaped upon me with their mouths, 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 in the midst of my bowels.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: the assembly of the wicked have inclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet.17I may tell all my bones: they look and stare upon me.18They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture.19But be not thou far from me, O LORD: O my strength, haste thee to help me.20Deliver my soul from the sword; my darling from the power of the dog.21Save me from the lion' mouth: for thou hast heard me from the horns of the unicorns.22I will declare thy name unto my brethren: in the midst of the congregation will I praise thee.23Ye that fear the LORD, praise him; all ye the seed of Jacob, glorify him; and fear 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.25My praise shall be of thee in the great congregation: I will pay my vows before them that fear him.26The meek shall eat and be satisfied: they shall praise the LORD that seek him: your heart shall live for ever.27All the ends of the world shall remember and turn unto the LORD: and all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before thee.28For the kingdom is the LORD': and he is the governor among the nations.29All they that be fat upon earth shall eat and worship: all they that go down to the dust shall bow before him: and none can keep alive his own soul.30A seed shall serve him; it shall be accounted to the Lord for a generation.31They shall come, and shall declare his righteousness unto a people that shall be born, that he hath done this .
New Int. Readers Version
1My God, my God, why have you deserted me? Why do you seem to be so far away when I need you to save me? Why do you seem to be so far away that you can't hear my groans?2My God, I cry out in the daytime. But you don't answer. I cry out at night. I can't keep quiet.3But you rule from your throne as the Holy One. You are the God Israel praises.4Our people of long ago put their trust in you. They trusted in you, and you saved them.5They cried out to you and were saved. They trusted in you, and you didn't let them down.6People treat me like a worm and not a man. They hate me and look down on me.7All those who see me laugh at me. They shout at me and make fun of me. They shake their heads at me.8They say, “He trusts in the Lord. Let the Lord help him. If the Lord is pleased with him, let him save him.”9But you brought me out of my mother's body. You made me trust in you even when I was at my mother's breast.10From the time I was born, you took good care of me. Ever since I came out of my mother's body, you have been my God.11Don't be far away from me. Trouble is near, and there is no one to help me.12Many enemies are all around me. They are like strong bulls from the land of Bashan.13They are like roaring lions that tear to pieces what they kill. They open their mouths wide to attack me.14My strength is like water that is poured out on the ground. I feel as if my bones aren't connected. My heart has turned to wax. It has melted away inside me.15My strength is dried up like a piece of broken pottery. My tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth. You bring me down to the edge of the grave.16A group of sinful people has closed in on me. They are all around me like a pack of dogs. They have pierced my hands and my feet.17I can see all of my bones right through my skin. People stare at me. They laugh when I suffer.18They divide up my clothes among them. They cast lots for what I am wearing.19Lord, don't be so far away. You give me strength. Come quickly to help me.20Save me from the sword. Save the only life I have. Save me from the power of those dogs.21Save me from the mouths of those lions. Save me from the horns of those wild oxen.22I will announce your name to my brothers and sisters. I will praise you among those who worship you.23You who have respect for the Lord, praise him! All you people of Jacob, honor him! All you people of Israel, worship him!24He has not forgotten the one who is hurting. He has not turned away from his suffering. He has not turned his face away from him. He has listened to his cry for help.25Because of what you have done, I will praise you in the whole community of those who worship you. In front of those who respect you, I will keep my promises.26Those who are poor will eat and be satisfied. Those who look to the Lord will praise him. May their hearts be filled with new hope!27People from one end of the earth to the other will remember and turn to the Lord. The people of all the nations will bow down before him.28The Lord is King. He rules over the nations.29All the rich people of the earth will worship God and take part in his feasts. All those who go down to the edge of the grave will fall on their knees in front of him. I'm talking about those who can hardly keep themselves alive.30Those who are not yet born will serve him. Those who are born later will be told about the Lord.31And they will tell people who have not yet been born that he has done what is right.