Psalms 44

Come to Our Help

To the choirmaster. a  A Maskil
Probably a musical or liturgical term
of the Sons of Korah.

1 O God, we have heard with our ears,
c  our fathers have told us,
what deeds you performed in their days,
d  in the days of old:
2you with your own hand e  drove out the nations,
but f  them you planted;
you afflicted the peoples,
but g  them you set free;
3for not h  by their own sword did they win the land,
nor did their own arm save them,
but your right hand and your arm,
and i  the light of your face,
j  for you delighted in them.
4 k  You are my King, O God;
l  ordain salvation for Jacob!
5Through you we m  push down our foes;
through your name we n  tread down those who rise up against us.
6For not in o  my bow do I trust,
nor can my sword save me.
7But you have saved us from our foes
and have p  put to shame those who hate us.
8 q  In God we have boasted continually,
and we will give thanks to your name forever.  Selah
9 But you have r  rejected us and disgraced us
and s  have not gone out with our armies.
10You have made us t  turn back from the foe,
and those who hate us have gotten spoil.
11You have made us like u  sheep for slaughter
and have v  scattered us among the nations.
12 w  You have sold your people for a trifle,
demanding no high price for them.
13You have made us x  the taunt of our neighbors,
the derision and y  scorn of those around us.
14You have made us z  a byword among the nations,
aa  a laughingstock
Hebrew  a shaking of the head
among the peoples.
15All day long my disgrace is before me,
and ac  shame has covered my face
16at the sound of the taunter and reviler,
at the sight of ad  the enemy and the avenger.
17 ae  All this has come upon us,
though we have not forgotten you,
and we have not been false to your covenant.
18Our heart has not turned back,
nor have our af  steps ag  departed from your way;
19yet you have ah  broken us in the place of ai  jackals
and covered us with aj  the shadow of death.
20If we had forgotten the name of our God
or ak  spread out our hands to al  a foreign god,
21 am  would not God discover this?
an  For he knows the secrets of the heart.
22Yet ao  for your sake we are killed all the day long;
we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.
23 ap  Awake! Why are you sleeping, O Lord?
Rouse yourself! aq  Do not reject us forever!
24Why ar  do you hide your face?
Why do you forget our affliction and oppression?
25For our as  soul is bowed down to the dust;
our belly clings to the ground.
26Rise up; at  come to our help!
au  Redeem us for the sake of your steadfast love!
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