To the leader:I according to The DeerII of the Dawn.III A PsalmIV of David.V
1 My God,VI my God, why have you forsakenVII me?
Why are you so farVIII from helpingIX me, from the wordsX of my groaning?XI
2 O my God,XII I cryXIII by day,XIV but you do not answer;
and by night,XV but find no rest.XVI
3 Yet you are holy,XVII
enthronedXVIII on the praisesXIX of Israel.XX
4 In you our ancestorsXXI trusted;XXII
they trusted, and you deliveredXXIII them.
5 To you they cried,XXIV and were saved;XXV
in you they trusted, and were not put to shame.XXVI
6 But I am a worm,XXVII and not human;XXVIII
scornedXXIX by others,XXX and despisedXXXI by the people.XXXII
7 All who see me mockXXXIII at me;
they makeXXXIV mouthsXXXV at me, they shakeXXXVI their heads;XXXVII
8 “Commit your causeXXXVIII to the Lord;XXXIX let him deliverXL—
let him rescueXLI the one in whom he delights!”XLII
9 Yet it was you who tookXLIII me from the womb;XLIV
you kept me safeXLV on my mother’sXLVI breast.XLVII
10 On you I was castXLVIII from my birth,XLIX
and since my mother boreL me you have been my God.LI
11 Do not be farLII from me,
for troubleLIII is nearLIV
and there is no one to help.LV
12 Many bullsLVI encircle me,
strong bullsLVII of BashanLVIII surround me;
13 they open wideLIX their mouths at me,
like a raveningLX and roaringLXI lion.LXII
14 I am poured outLXIII like water,
and all my bonesLXIV are out of joint;LXV
my heartLXVI is like wax;LXVII
it is meltedLXVIII within my breast;LXIX
15 my mouthLXX is dried up like a potsherd,LXXI
and my tongue sticks to my jaws;LXXII
you layLXXIII me in the dust of death.
16 For dogs are all aroundLXXIV me;
a company of evildoersLXXV encirclesLXXVI me.
My hands and feet have shriveled;LXXVII
17 I can count all my bones.
They stare and gloatLXXVIII over me;
18 they divideLXXIX my clothesLXXX among themselves,
and for my clothingLXXXI they cast lots.
19 But you, O Lord,LXXXII do not be far away!LXXXIII
O my help,LXXXIV come quicklyLXXXV to my aid!LXXXVI
20 Deliver my soulLXXXVII from the sword,LXXXVIII
my lifeLXXXIX from the powerXC of the dog!
21 SaveXCI me from the mouth of the lion!
From the horns of the wild oxenXCII you have rescuedXCIII me.
22 I will tellXCIV of your nameXCV to my brothers and sisters;
in the midst of the congregation I will praiseXCVI you:
23 You who fearXCVII the Lord, praise him!
All you offspringXCVIII of Jacob,XCIX glorifyC him;
stand in aweCI of him, all you offspring of Israel!
24 For he did not despiseCII or abhorCIII
the afflictionCIV of the afflicted;CV
he did not hideCVI his face from me,
but heard when I criedCVII to him.
25 From you comes my praise in the great congregation;
my vows I will payCVIII before those who fear him.
26 The poorCIX shall eat and be satisfied;
those who seekCX him shall praise the Lord.
May your heartsCXI live forever!
27 All the ends of the earth shall rememberCXII
and turnCXIII to the Lord;
and all the familiesCXIV of the nationsCXV
shall worshipCXVI before him.
28 For dominionCXVII belongs to the Lord,
and he rulesCXVIII over the nations.
29 To him,indeed, shall allCXIX who sleepCXX in the earth bow down;CXXI
before him shall bowCXXII all who go down to the dust,CXXIII
and I shall live for him.
30 Posterity will serve him;
future generations will be toldCXXIV about the Lord,
31 and proclaim his deliverance to a people yet unborn,
saying that he has done it.
Image Credit: Nursing home of Joachim and Anna in the Netherlands: Interior chapel, right wall, stained glass: “Psalm 22”, by visual artist Ted Felen, 1982