Why art thou so far from helping me, from the words of my groaning?
and by night, but find no rest.
enthroned on the praises of Israel.
they trusted, and thou didst deliver them.
in thee they trusted, and were not disappointed.
scorned by men, and despised by the people.
they make mouths at me, they wag their heads;
let him rescue him, for he delights in him!”
thou didst keep me safe upon my mother’s breasts.
and since my mother bore me thou hast been my God.
for trouble is near
and there is none to help.
strong bulls of Bashan surround me;
like a ravening and roaring lion.
and all my bones are out of joint;
my heart is like wax,
it is melted within my breast;
and my tongue cleaves to my jaws;
thou dost lay me in the dust of death.
a company of evildoers encircle me;
they have pierced my hands and feet—
they stare and gloat over me;
and for my raiment they cast lots.
O thou my help, hasten to my aid!
my life from the power of the dog!
my afflicted soul from the horns of the wild oxen!
in the midst of the congregation I will praise thee:
all you sons of Jacob, glorify him,
and stand in awe of him, all you sons of Israel!
the affliction of the afflicted;
and he has not hid his face from him,
but has heard, when he cried to him.
my vows I will pay before those who fear him.
those who seek him shall praise the Lord!
May your hearts live for ever!
and turn to the Lord;
and all the families of the nations
shall worship before him.
and he rules over the nations.
before him shall bow all who go down to the dust,
and he who cannot keep himself alive.
men shall tell of the Lord to the coming generation,
that he has wrought it.
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Old Testament Section, Copyright 1952; New Testament Section, First Edition, Copyright 1946; Second Edition, Copyright 1971; The Apocrypha, Copyright 1957; The Third and Fourth Book of the Maccabees and Psalm 151, Copyright 1977 Division of Christian Education of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the United States of America.