Psalms 44

Former Deliverances and Present Troubles.

For the choir director. A
Possibly Contemplative, or Didactic, or Skillful Psalm
Maskil of the sons of Korah.

1 O God, we have heard with our ears,
Our b  fathers have told us
The c  work that You did in their days,
In the d  days of old.
2You with Your own hand e  drove out the nations;
Then You f  planted them;
You g  afflicted the peoples,
Then You h  spread them abroad.
3For by their own sword they i  did not possess the land,
And their own arm did not save them,
But Your right hand and Your j  arm and the k  light of Your presence,
For You l  favored them.

4You are m  my King, O God;
n  Command
Lit salvation
victories for Jacob.
5Through You we will p  push back our adversaries;
Through Your name we will q  trample down those who rise up against us.
6For I will r  not trust in my bow,
Nor will my sword save me.
7But You s  have saved us from our adversaries,
And You have t  put to shame those who hate us.
8In God we have u  boasted all day long,
And we will v  give thanks to Your name forever.
Selah may mean: Pause, Crescendo or Musical interlude
Selah.

9Yet You x  have rejected us and brought us to y  dishonor,
And z  do not go out with our armies.
10You cause us to aa  turn back from the adversary;
And those who hate us ab  have taken spoil for themselves.
11You give us as ac  sheep
Lit for food
to be eaten
And have ae  scattered us among the nations.
12You af  sell Your people
Lit for no wealth
cheaply,
And have not
Or set a high price on them
profited by their sale.
13You make us a ai  reproach to our neighbors,
A scoffing and a aj  derision to those around us.
14You make us ak  a byword among the nations,
A
Lit shaking of the head
,
am  laughingstock among the peoples.
15All day long my dishonor is before me
And
Lit the shame of my face has covered me
my ao  humiliation has overwhelmed me,
16Because of the voice of him who ap  reproaches and reviles,
Because of the presence of the aq  enemy and the avenger.

17All this has come upon us, but we have ar  not forgotten You,
And we have not as  dealt falsely with Your covenant.
18Our heart has not at  turned back,
And our steps au  have not deviated from Your way,
19Yet You have av  crushed us in a place of aw  jackals
And covered us with ax  the shadow of death.

20If we had ay  forgotten the name of our God
Or extended our
Lit palms
hands to ba  a strange god,
21Would not God bb  find this out?
For He knows the secrets of the heart.
22But bc  for Your sake we are killed all day long;
We are considered as bd  sheep to be slaughtered.
23 be  Arouse Yourself, why bf  do You sleep, O Lord?
Awake bg  do not reject us forever.
24Why do You bh  hide Your face
And bi  forget our affliction and our oppression?
25For our bj  soul has sunk down into the dust;
Our body cleaves to the earth.
26 bk  Rise up, be our help,
And bl  redeem us for the sake of Your lovingkindness.

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