For the end, A Psalm for instruction, for the sons of Korah.1 O God, we have heard with our ears, our fathers have told us, the deeds which You did in their days, in the days of old. 2 Your hand utterly destroyed the heathen, and You planted them; You afflicted the nations, and cast them out. 3 For they inherited not the land by their own sword, and their own arm did not deliver them; but Your right hand, and Your arm, and the light of Your countenance, because You were well pleased with them. 4 You are indeed my King and my God, who commanded deliverance for Jacob. 5 In You will we push down our enemies, and in Your name will we bring to nought them that rise up against us. 6 For I will not trust in my bow, and my sword shall not save me. 7 For You have saved us from them that afflicted us, and have put to shame them that hated us. 8 In God will we make our boast all the day, and to Your name will we give thanks forever. Pause. 9 But now You have cast off, and put us to shame; and You will not go forth with our hosts. 10 You have turned us back before our enemies; and they that hated us spoiled for themselves. 11 You made us as sheep intended for food; and You scattered us among the nations. 12 You have sold Your people without price, and there was no profit by their exchange. 13 You have made us a reproach to our neighbors, a scorn and derision to them that are round about us. 14 You have made us a proverb among the Gentiles, a shaking of the head among the nations. 15 All the day my shame is before me, and the confusion of my face has covered me, 16 because of the voice of the slanderer and reviler; because of the enemy and avenger. 17 All these things have come upon us; but we have not forgotten You, neither have we dealt unrighteously in Your covenant. 18 And our heart has not gone back; but You have turned aside our paths from Your way. 19 For You have laid us low in a place of affliction, and the shadow of death has covered us. 20 If we have forgotten the name of our God, and if we have spread out our hands to a strange god; shall not God search these things out? 21 for He knows the secrets of the heart. 22 For Your sake we are killed all the day long; we are counted as sheep for slaughter. 23 Awake, why do You sleep, O Lord? Arise, and do not cast us off forever. 24 Why do You turn Your face away, and forget our poverty and our affliction? 25 For our soul has been brought down to the dust; our belly has cleaved to the earth. 26 Arise, O Lord, and help us; redeem us for Your name's sake.
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