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{To the chief Musician.
Upon Aijeleth-Shahar.
A Psalm of David.}
My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?
[why art thou] far from my salvation, from the words of my groaning?
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My God, I cry by day, and thou answerest not;
and by night, and there is no rest for me:
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And thou art holy, thou that dwellest amid the praises of Israel.
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Our fathers confided in thee: they confided, and thou didst deliver them.
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They cried unto thee, and were delivered;
they confided in thee, and were not confounded.
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But I am a worm, and no man;
a reproach of men, and the despised of the people.
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All they that see me laugh me to scorn;
they shoot out the lip, they shake the head, [saying:]
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Commit it to Jehovah — let him rescue him;
let him deliver him, because he delighteth in him!
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But thou art he that took me out of the womb;
thou didst make me trust, upon my mother's breasts.
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I was cast upon thee from the womb;
thou art my God from my mother's belly.
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Be not far from me, for trouble is near;
for there is none to help.
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Many bulls have encompassed me;
Bashan's strong ones have beset me round.
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They gape upon me with their mouth, [as] a ravening and a roaring lion.
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I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint: my heart is become like wax;
it is melted in the midst of my bowels.
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My strength is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue cleaveth to my palate;
and thou hast laid me in the dust of death.
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For dogs have encompassed me;
an assembly of evil-doers have surrounded me: they pierced my hands and my feet.
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I may count all my bones.
They look, they stare upon me;
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They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture.
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But thou, Jehovah, be not far [from me];
O my strength, haste thee to help me.
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Deliver my soul from the sword;
my only one from the power of the dog;
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Save me from the lion's mouth.
Yea, from the horns of the buffaloes hast thou answered me.
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I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the congregation will I praise thee.
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Ye that fear Jehovah, praise him;
all ye the seed of Jacob, glorify him;
and revere him, all ye the seed of Israel.
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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.
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My praise is from thee, in the great congregation;
I will pay my vows before them that fear him.
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The meek shall eat and be satisfied;
they shall praise Jehovah that seek him: your heart shall live for ever.
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All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn unto Jehovah, and all the families of the nations shall worship before thee:
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For the kingdom is Jehovah's, and he ruleth among the nations.
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All the fat ones of the earth shall eat and worship;
all they that go down to the dust shall bow before him, and he that cannot keep alive his own soul.
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A seed shall serve him;
it shall be accounted to the Lord for a generation.
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They shall come, and shall declare his righteousness unto a people that shall be born, that he hath done [it].