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.1For the director of music. Of the Sons of Korah. A maskil. We have heard it with our ears, O God; our ancestors have told us what you did 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.2With your hand you drove out the nations and planted our ancestors; you crushed the peoples and made our ancestors flourish.
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.3It was not by their sword that they won the land, nor did their arm bring them victory; it was your right hand, your arm, and the light of your face, for you loved them.
4You are my king, God, command victories for Jacob.4You are my King and my God, who decrees 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 push back our enemies; through your name we trample our foes.
6For I place no confidence in my bow, nor will my sword deliver me.6I put no trust in my bow, 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 enemies, you put our adversaries to shame.
8We will praise God all day long; and to your name we will give thanks forever. Interlude8In God we make our boast all day long, and we will praise your name forever.
9However, you cast us off and made us ashamed! You did not even march with our armies!9But now you have rejected and humbled us; you no longer go out with our armies.
10You made us retreat from our oppressors. Our enemies ransacked us.10You made us retreat before the enemy, and our adversaries have plundered us.
11You handed us over to be slaughtered like sheep and you scattered us among the nations.11You gave us up to be devoured like sheep and have scattered us among the nations.
12You sold out your people for nothing, and made no profit at that price.12You sold your people for a pittance, gaining nothing from their sale.
13You made us a laughing stock to our neighbors, a source of mockery and derision to those around us.13You have made us a reproach to our neighbors, the scorn and derision 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; the peoples shake their heads at us.
15My dishonor tortures me continuously; the shame on my face overwhelms me15I live in disgrace all day long, and my face is covered with shame
16because of the voice of the one who mocks and reviles, because of the enemy and the avenger.16at the taunts of those who reproach and revile me, because of the enemy, who is bent on revenge.
17All this came upon us, yet we did not forsake you, and we have not dealt falsely with your covenant;17All this came upon us, though we had not forgotten you; we had not been false to your covenant.
18Our hearts have not turned away; our steps have not swerved from your path.18Our hearts had not turned back; our feet had not strayed from your path.
19Nevertheless, you crushed us in the lair of jackals, and covered us in deep darkness. 19But you crushed us and made us a haunt for jackals; you covered us over with deep 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 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 have discovered it, 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.22Yet for your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.
23Wake up! Why are you asleep, Lord? Get up! Don't cast us off forever!23Awake, Lord! Why do you sleep? 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 and forget our misery and oppression?
25For we have collapsed in the dust; our bodies cling to the ground.25We are brought down to the dust; our bodies cling to the ground.
26Arise! Deliver us! Redeem us according to your gracious love!26Rise up and help us; rescue us because of your unfailing love.
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