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.1O God, we have heard with our ears, our fathers have told us, what deeds you performed in their days, in the days of old:
2With your hand you expelled the nations and established our ancestors. You afflicted nations and cast them out.2you with your own hand drove out the nations, but them you planted; you afflicted the peoples, but them you set free;
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 not by their own sword did they win the land, nor did their own arm save them, but your right hand and your arm, and the light of your face, for you delighted in them.
4You are my king, God, command victories for Jacob.4You are my King, O God; ordain salvation 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 push down our foes; through your name we tread down those who rise up against us.
6For I place no confidence in my bow, nor will my sword deliver me.6For not in my bow do I trust, nor can my sword save me.
7For you delivered us from our oppressors and put to shame those who hate us.7But you have saved us from our foes and have put to shame those who hate us.
8We will praise God all day long; and to your name we will give thanks forever. Interlude8In God we have boasted continually, and we will give thanks to 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 us and disgraced us and have not gone out with our armies.
10You made us retreat from our oppressors. Our enemies ransacked us.10You have made us turn back from the foe, and those who hate us have gotten spoil.
11You handed us over to be slaughtered like sheep and you scattered us among the nations.11You have made us like sheep for slaughter and have scattered us among the nations.
12You sold out your people for nothing, and made no profit at that price.12You have sold your people for a trifle, demanding no high price for them.
13You made us a laughing stock to our neighbors, a source of mockery and derision to those around us.13You have made us the taunt of our neighbors, the derision and scorn of those around us.
14You made us an object lesson among the nations; people shake their heads at us. 14You have made us a byword among the nations, a laughingstock among the peoples.
15My dishonor tortures me continuously; the shame on my face overwhelms me15All day long my disgrace is before me, and shame has covered my face
16because of the voice of the one who mocks and reviles, because of the enemy and the avenger.16at the sound of the taunter and reviler, at the sight of the enemy and the avenger.
17All this came upon us, yet we did not forsake you, and we have not dealt falsely with your covenant;17All this has come upon us, though we have not forgotten you, and we have not been false to your covenant.
18Our hearts have not turned away; our steps have not swerved from your path.18Our heart has not turned back, nor have our steps departed from your way;
19Nevertheless, you crushed us in the lair of jackals, and covered us in deep darkness. 19yet you have broken us in the place of jackals and covered us with the shadow of death.
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 or spread out our hands to a foreign god,
21wouldn't God find out since he knows the secrets of the heart?21would not God discover this? For 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.22Yet for your sake we are killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.
23Wake up! Why are you asleep, Lord? Get up! Don't cast us off forever!23Awake! Why are you sleeping, O Lord? Rouse yourself! Do not reject us forever!
24Why are you hiding your face? Why are you ignoring our affliction and oppression?24Why do you hide your face? Why do you forget our affliction and oppression?
25For we have collapsed in the dust; our bodies cling to the ground.25For our soul is bowed down to the dust; our belly clings to the ground.
26Arise! Deliver us! Redeem us according to your gracious love!26Rise up; come to our help! Redeem us for the sake of your steadfast love!
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Psalm 43
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