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To the director upon the Hind* of the Dawn. A melody of David. 22 My God, my God, why have you left me?*+ [Why are you] far from saving me,+ [From] the words of my roaring?*+ 2 O my God,* I keep calling by day, and you do not answer;+ And by night, and there is no silence on my part.+ 3 But you are holy,+ Inhabiting the praises of Israel.+ 4 In you our fathers trusted;+ They trusted, and you kept providing them with escape.+ 5 To you they cried out,+ and they got away safe;+ In you they trusted, and they did not come to shame.+ 6 But I am a worm,+ and not a man,* A reproach to men* and despicable to the people.+ 7 As for all those seeing me, they hold me in derision;+ They keep opening their mouths wide,* they keep wagging [their] head:+ 8 “He committed himself* to Jehovah.+ Let Him provide him with escape!+ Let him deliver him, since he has taken delight in him!”+ 9 For you were the One drawing me forth from the belly,+ The One making me trust while upon the breasts of my mother.+ 10 Upon you I have been thrown from the womb;+ From the belly of my mother you have been my God.*+ 11 Do not keep far off from me, because distress is nearby,+ Because there is no other helper.+ 12 Many young bulls have surrounded me;+ The powerful ones of Baʹshan themselves have got around me.+ 13 They have opened against me their mouth,+ As a lion tearing in pieces and roaring.+ 14 Like water I have been poured out,+ And all my bones have been separated from one another.+ My heart has become like wax;+ It has melted deep in my inward parts.+ 15 My power* has dried up just like a fragment of earthenware,+ And my tongue is made to stick to my gums;*+ And in the dust of death you are setting me.+ 16 For dogs have surrounded me;+ The assembly of evildoers themselves have enclosed me.+ Like a lion [they are at] my hands and my feet.*+ 17 I can count all my bones.+ They themselves look, they gaze upon me.+ 18 They apportion my garments among themselves,+ And upon my clothing they cast lots.+ 19 But you, O Jehovah, O do not keep far off.+ O you my strength,+ do make haste to my assistance.+ 20 Do deliver from the sword my soul,+ My only one* from the very paw of the dog;+ 21 Save me from the mouth of the lion,+ And from the horns of wild bulls you must answer [and save] me.+ 22 I will declare your name+ to my brothers;+ In the middle of the congregation* I shall praise you.+ 23 YOU fearers of Jehovah, praise him!+ All YOU the seed of Jacob, glorify him!+ And be frightened at him, all YOU the seed of Israel.+ 24 For he has neither despised+ Nor loathed the affliction of the afflicted one;+ And he has not concealed his face from him,+ And when he cried to him for help he heard.+ 25 From you my praise will be in the large congregation;+ My vows I shall pay in front of those fearing him.+ 26 The meek ones will eat and be satisfied;+ Those seeking him will praise Jehovah.+ May YOUR hearts* live forever.+ 27 All the ends of the earth will remember and turn back to Jehovah.+ And all the families of the nations will bow down before you.+ 28 For the kingship belongs to Jehovah,+ And he is dominating the nations.+ 29 All the fat ones of the earth shall eat and will bow down;+ Before him all those going down to the dust will bend down,+ And no one will ever preserve his own soul* alive.+ 30 A seed* itself will serve him;+ It will be declared concerning Jehovah* to the generation.+ 31 They will come and tell of his righteousness+ To the people that is to be born, that he* has done [this].+
^ “Hind of.” Heb., ʼai·yeʹleth, the doe of the fallow deer.
^ “My God, my God, why have you left me?” Heb., ʼE·liʹ, ʼE·liʹ, la·mahʹ ʽazav·taʹni?; Syr., ʼA·lahi ʼA·lahi lema·naʼ sebaq·tani? Compare Mt 27:46; Mr 15:34.
^ “Far from my salvation are the words of my trespasses,” LXXVg.
^ “My God.” Heb., ʼElo·haiʹ, pl.
^ “Man.” Heb., ʼish.
^ Lit., “earthling man,” used collectively. Heb., ʼa·dhamʹ.
^ Lit., “they make a separation with the lip.” Or, “they draw their mouth.”
^ Or, “Commit [yourself],” M; LXXVg, “He hoped.”
^ “My God.” Heb., ʼEʹli.
^ “Palate,” by transposing two Heb. letters in M.
^ Or, “jaws.”
^ “Like the lion
—my hands and (my) feet,” M; T, “Biting like a lion my hands and my feet”; LXXVg, “They bored (dug through) my hands and my feet.”
^ “My only one,” fem., referring to “my soul.”
^ “Congregation.” Heb., qa·halʹ; Gr., ek·kle·siʹas; Lat., ec·cleʹsi·a.
^ Lit., “heart.”
^ “And . . . his own soul.” Heb., wenaph·shohʹ. See App 4A.
^ Or, “offspring.”
^ One of 134 scribal changes from YHWH to ʼAdho·naiʹ. See App 1B.
^ “He,” MT; LXXSyVg, “Jehovah.”