For the leader; on aMeaning of Heb. uncertain.ayyeleth ha-shaḥar.-a A psalm of David.
My God, my God,
why have You abandoned me;
why so far from delivering me
and from my anguished roaring?
I cry by day—You answer not;
by night, and have no respite.
bOr “But You are holy, enthroned upon the praises of Israel.”But You are the Holy One,
the Praise of Israel.-b
In You our fathers trusted;
they trusted, and You rescued them.
To You they cried out
and they escaped;
in You they trusted
and were not disappointed.
But I am a worm, less than human;
scorned by men, despised by people.
All who see me mock me;
cLit. “they open wide with a lip.”they curl their lips,-c
they shake their heads.
“Let him commit himself to the LORD;
let Him rescue him,
let Him save him,
for He is pleased with him.”
You aMeaning of Heb. uncertain.drew me-a from the womb,
made me secure at my mother’s breast.
I became Your charge at birth;
from my mother’s womb You have been my God.
Do not be far from me,
for trouble is near,
and there is none to help.
Many bulls surround me,
mighty ones of Bashan encircle me.
They open their mouths at me
like tearing, roaring lions.
dLit. “I am poured out like water.”My life ebbs away:-d
all my bones are disjointed;
my heart is like wax,
melting within me;
my vigor dries up like a shard;
my tongue cleaves to my palate;
You commit me to the dust of death.
Dogs surround me;
a pack of evil ones closes in on me,
eWith Rashi; cf. Isa. 38.13.like lions [they maul] my hands and feet.-e
I take the count of all my bones
while they look on and gloat.
They divide my clothes among themselves,
casting lots for my garments.
But You, O LORD, be not far off;
my strength, hasten to my aid.
Save my life from the sword,
my precious lifefLit. “only one.” from the clutches of a dog.
Deliver me from a lion’s mouth;
from the horns of wild oxen rescuegLit. “answer.” me.
Then will I proclaim Your fame to my brethren,
praise You in the congregation.
You who fear the LORD, praise Him!
All you offspring of Jacob, honor Him!
Be in dread of Him, all you offspring of Israel!
For He did not scorn, He did not spurn
the pleahOr “plight.” of the lowly;
He did not hide His face from him;
when he cried out to Him, He listened.
iLit. “From You is my praise.”Because of You I offer praise-i in the great congregation;
I pay my vows in the presence of His worshipers.
Let the lowly eat and be satisfied;
let all who seek the LORD praise Him.
Always be of good cheer!
Let all the ends of the earth pay heed and turn to the LORD,
and the peoples of all nations prostrate themselves before You;
for kingship is the LORD’s
and He rules the nations.
jMeaning of Heb. uncertain; others “All the fat ones of the earth shall eat and worship; / All they that go down to the dust shall kneel before Him, / Even he that cannot keep his soul alive.”All those in full vigor shall eat and prostrate themselves;
all those at death’s door, whose spirits flag,
shall bend the knee before Him.-j
Offspring shall serve Him;
the Lord’s fame shall be proclaimed to the generation
they shall tell of His beneficence to people yet to be born,
for He has acted.