If C.M. D is used, change to a single C.M. tune after verse 22, such as Azmon (O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing) or Richmond (O For a Heart to Praise My God)
1My God, my God, O why have You forsaken me, and why
are You so far from saving me, while groaning words I cry?
2All day, my God, to You I cry, yet I’m not heard by Thee;
And in the darkness of the night, I cannot silent be.
3But You are holy, and You are enthroned in Isr’el’s praise.
4Our fathers put their trust in You—deliv’rance You did raise.
5When unto You they sent their cry, to them deliv’rance came;
Because they put their trust in You, they were not put to shame.
6But as for me, I am a worm; a man not recognized;
I am reproached by men, and by the people am despised.
7All those who see me laugh in scorn; hurl insults all the day;
They wag and shake their heads at me; and mocking me, they say:
8“His trust is in the Lord, that He would free him by His might;
Let Him deliver him, if He in him does take delight.”
9But You brought me out of the womb, and made me trust in Thee;
And even at my mother’s breast You did take care of me.
10From birth I was upon You cast, ev’n from the womb till now;
From mother’s womb You’ve been my God; and still my God art Thou.
11Be not far off, for grief is near, and none to help is found.
12Bulls compass me; bulls of Bashan encircle me around.
13The lions’ mouths are opened wide against me all the day,
Like as a lion ravaging and roaring for his prey.
14Like water I’m poured out, my bones all out of joint do part;
Like wax within my inward parts, so melted is my heart.
15My strength is like a potsherd dried—my tongue impedes my breath,
It sticks to my mouth’s roof—You lay me in the dust of death.
16For dogs have compassed me about, and wicked men did meet;
A band of men encircled me; they pierced my hands and feet.
17I can count all my bones; and those who gloat upon me stare;
18They cast lots for my clothing and divide my garments there.
19Be not far off, O Lord, my strength; come quickly and help me;
20Deliver me from sword and dogs, my precious life set free.
21Come rescue me from lions—from the mouth of lions strong,
And from the horns of oxen wild that threaten all day long.
22I will declare Your name unto my brethren everywhere;
Amidst the congregation round, Your praise I will declare.
23All you who fear the Lord, praise Him; revere and glory tell;
All Jacob’s children, honor Him—offspring of Is-ra-el.
24For He did not despise nor scorn th’afflicted’s suffering;
Nor hid His face from him, but heard the cry which he did bring.
25Within the congregation great, my praise shall be of Thee;
Before all those who fear You, I’ll fulfill my vows to Thee.
26The poor shall eat, and shall be filled; those seeking God will give
praise to the Lord; all you who seek—may your hearts ever live!
27And all the ends of earth shall turn, remembering the Lord;
All fam’lies of the nations will bow down and praise accord.
28For all dominion far and near belongs to Him alone.
The Lord rules over nations all, from His almighty throne.
29The rich of earth will worship Him, all who to dust descend;
And all shall bow—none of them can his soul from death defend.
30Descendants, then, will all serve Him—the children yet to be;
They will be told about the Lord, future posterity.
31For they shall come, and shall declare His truth and righteousness
unto a people yet unborn, for He has done all this.