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?
I cry out at night. I can’t keep quiet.
You are the God Israel praises.
They trusted in you, and you saved them.
They trusted in you, and you didn’t let them down.
They hate me and look down on me.
They shout at me and make fun of me.
They shake their heads at me.
Let the Lord help him.
If the Lord is pleased with him,
let him save him.”
You made me trust in you
even when I was at my mother’s breast.
Ever since I came out of my mother’s body, you have been my God.
Trouble is near,
and there is no one to help me.
They are like strong bulls from the land of Bashan.
They open their mouths wide to attack me.
I feel as if my bones aren’t connected.
My heart has turned to wax.
It has melted away inside me.
My tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth.
You bring me down to the edge of the grave.
They are all around me like a pack of dogs.
They have pierced my hands and my feet.
People stare at me. They laugh when I suffer.
They cast lots for what I am wearing.
You give me strength. Come quickly to help me.
Save the only life I have. Save me from the power of those dogs.
Save me from the horns of those wild oxen.
I will praise you among those who worship you.
All you people of Jacob, honor him!
All you people of Israel, worship him!
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.
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.
Those who look to the Lord will praise him.
May their hearts be filled with new hope!
will remember and turn to the Lord.
The people of all the nations
will bow down before him.
He rules over the nations.
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.
Those who are born later will be told about the Lord.
that he has done what is right.
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