1 My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are
you so far from helping me, from the words of my groaning?
2 O my God, I
cry by day, but you do not answer; and by night, but find no rest.
Yet you are holy, enthroned on the praises of Israel.
4 In you our ancestors
trusted; they trusted, and you delivered them.
5 To you they
cried, and were saved; in you they trusted, and were not put to
But I am a worm, and not human; scorned by others, and despised
by the people.
7 All who see
me mock at me; they make mouths at me, they shake their heads;
your cause to the Lord; let him deliver -- let him rescue the one
in whom he delights!’
Yet it was you who took me from the womb; you kept me safe on my
10 On you I was
cast from my birth, and since my mother bore me you have been my
11 Do not be
far from me, for trouble is near and there is no one to help.
Many bulls encircle me, strong bulls of Bashan surround me;
13 they open wide
their mouths at me, like a ravening and 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 my breast;
15 my mouth is
dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue sticks to my jaws; you lay
me in the dust of death.
For dogs are all around me; a company of evildoers encircles me.
My hands and feet have shrivelled;
17 I can count
all my bones. They stare and gloat over me;
18 they divide
my clothes among themselves, and for my clothing they cast lots.
19 But you, O
Lord, do not be far away! O my help, come quickly to my aid!