- Until the end. Concerning help in the morning. A Psalm. Pertaining to Dauid.
- God, my God, attend to me; why did you forsake me?
Far from my salvation are the words of my trespasses.
- O my God, I will cry by day, and you will not listen,
and by night, and it is not madness to me.
- But you, reside in a holy place,
[O] commendation of Israel.
- In you our fathers hoped;
they hoped, and you rescued them.
- To you they cried and were saved;
in you they hoped and were not put to shame.
- But as for me, I am a worm and not human,
a disgrace to humanity and despised by people.
- All who saw me mocked me;
they talked with the lips; they moved the head:
- “He hoped in the Lord; let him rescue him;
let him save him, because he wanted him,”
- because it was you who drew me from the belly,
my hope from my mother’s breasts.
- On you I was cast from the womb;
from my mother’s belly you are my God.
- Do not withdraw from me,
because affliction is near,
because there is no one helping.
- Many calves encircled me;
fat bulls surrounded me;
- they opened their mouth at me,
like a lion ravening and roaring.
- Like water I was poured out,
and all my bones were scattered;
my heart became like wax
melting in the midst of my belly;
- my strength was dried up like a potsherd,
and my tongue is stuck to my throat,
and to the dust of death you brought me down,
- because many dogs encircled me,
a gathering of evildoers surrounded me.
They gouged my hands and feet;
- I counted all my bones,
but they took note and observed me;
- they divided my clothes among themselves,
and for my clothing they cast lots.
- But you, O Lord, do not be putting my help far away!
Attend to my support!
- Rescue my soul from the sword,
and from a dog’s claw my only-begotten!
- Save me from a lion’s mouth,
and my lowliness from the horns of unicorns!
- I will explain your name to my kindred;
in the midst of an assembly I will sing a hymn to you:
- You fearing the Lord, praise him!
Every seed of Iakob, glorify him;
let all the seed of Israel fear him,
- because he did not despise or scorn
the petition of the poor,
nor did he turn away his face from me,
and when I cried to him, he listened to me.
- From you comes my commendation in a great assembly;
my vows I will pay before those fearing him.
- The needy will eat and be filled,
and those seeking him will praise the Lord;
their hearts will live forever and ever!
- All the ends of the earth will remember
and turn to the Lord,
and all the paternal families of the nations
will do obeisance before him,
- because the kingdom is the Lord’s,
and it is he who masters the nations.
- All the fat ones of the earth ate and did obeisance;
all descending to the earth will fall down before him.
And my soul lives for him,
- and my seed will serve him;
the coming generation will be announced to the Lord,
- and they shall announce his righteousness
to a people to be born, because the Lord acted.
(The Greek Septuagint (LXX) numbers this ‘Psalm 21’, the Hebrew Masoretic Text (MT) numbers it ‘Psalm 22’,)