Psalm 44
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1God, we heard it with our ears; our ancestors told us about what you did in their day— a long time ago.1God, we have heard with our ears--our ancestors have told us--the work you accomplished in their days, in days long ago:
2With your hand you expelled the nations and established our ancestors. You afflicted nations and cast them out.2In order to plant them, you displaced the nations by your hand; in order to settle them, you brought disaster on the peoples.
3It was not with their sword that they inherited the land, nor did their own arm deliver them. But it was by your power, your strength, and by the light of your face; because you were pleased with them.3For they did not take the land by their sword--their arm did not bring them victory--but by your right hand, your arm, and the light of your face, because you were favorable toward them.
4You are my king, God, command victories for Jacob.4You are my King, my God, who ordains victories for Jacob.
5Through you we will knock down our oppressors; through your name we will tread down those who rise up against us.5Through you we drive back our foes; through your name we trample our enemies.
6For I place no confidence in my bow, nor will my sword deliver me.6For I do not trust in my bow, and my sword does not bring me victory.
7For you delivered us from our oppressors and put to shame those who hate us.7But you give us victory over our foes and let those who hate us be disgraced.
8We will praise God all day long; and to your name we will give thanks forever. Interlude8We boast in God all day long; we will praise your name forever. Selah
9However, you cast us off and made us ashamed! You did not even march with our armies!9But you have rejected and humiliated us; you do not march out with our armies.
10You made us retreat from our oppressors. Our enemies ransacked us.10You make us retreat from the foe, and those who hate us have taken plunder for themselves.
11You handed us over to be slaughtered like sheep and you scattered us among the nations.11You hand us over to be eaten like sheep and scatter us among the nations.
12You sold out your people for nothing, and made no profit at that price.12You sell your people for nothing; you make no profit from selling them.
13You made us a laughing stock to our neighbors, a source of mockery and derision to those around us.13You make us an object of reproach to our neighbors, a source of mockery and ridicule to those around us.
14You made us an object lesson among the nations; people shake their heads at us. 14You make us a joke among the nations, a laughingstock among the peoples.
15My dishonor tortures me continuously; the shame on my face overwhelms me15My disgrace is before me all day long, and shame has covered my face,
16because of the voice of the one who mocks and reviles, because of the enemy and the avenger.16because of the taunts of the scorner and reviler, because of the enemy and avenger.
17All this came upon us, yet we did not forsake you, and we have not dealt falsely with your covenant;17All this has happened to us, but we have not forgotten you or betrayed your covenant.
18Our hearts have not turned away; our steps have not swerved from your path.18Our hearts have not turned back; our steps have not strayed from your path.
19Nevertheless, you crushed us in the lair of jackals, and covered us in deep darkness. 19But you have crushed us in a haunt of jackals and have covered us with deepest darkness.
20If we had forgotten the name of our God or lifted our hands to a foreign god,20If we had forgotten the name of our God and spread out our hands to a foreign god,
21wouldn't God find out since he knows the secrets of the heart?21wouldn't God have found this out, since he knows the secrets of the heart?
22For your sake we are being killed all day long. We are thought of as sheep to be slaughtered.22Because of you we are being put to death all day long; we are counted as sheep to be slaughtered.
23Wake up! Why are you asleep, Lord? Get up! Don't cast us off forever!23Wake up, LORD! Why are you sleeping? Get up! Don't reject us forever!
24Why are you hiding your face? Why are you ignoring our affliction and oppression?24Why do you hide and forget our affliction and oppression?
25For we have collapsed in the dust; our bodies cling to the ground.25For we have sunk down to the dust; our bodies cling to the ground.
26Arise! Deliver us! Redeem us according to your gracious love!26Rise up! Help us! Redeem us because of your faithful love.
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Psalm 43
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