Bible: Psalm 44

Psalm 44 1 

44:1 For the music director; by the Korahites, a well-written song. 2 

O God, we have clearly heard; 3 

our ancestors 4  have told us

what you did 5  in their days,

in ancient times. 6 

44:2 You, by your power, 7  defeated nations and settled our fathers on their land; 8 

you crushed 9  the people living there 10  and enabled our ancestors to occupy it. 11 

44:3 For they did not conquer 12  the land by their swords,

and they did not prevail by their strength, 13 

but rather by your power, 14  strength 15  and good favor, 16 

for you were partial to 17  them.

44:4 You are my 18  king, O God!

Decree 19  Jacob’s 20  deliverance!

44:5 By your power 21  we will drive back 22  our enemies;

by your strength 23  we will trample down 24  our foes! 25 

44:6 For I do not trust in my bow,

and I do not prevail by my sword.

44:7 For you deliver 26  us from our enemies;

you humiliate 27  those who hate us.

44:8 In God I boast all day long,

and we will continually give thanks to your name. (Selah)

44:9 But 28  you rejected and embarrassed us!

You did not go into battle with our armies. 29 

44:10 You made us retreat 30  from the enemy.

Those who hate us take whatever they want from us. 31 

44:11 You handed us 32  over like sheep to be eaten;

you scattered us among the nations.

44:12 You sold 33  your people for a pittance; 34 

you did not ask a high price for them. 35 

44:13 You made us 36  an object of disdain to our neighbors;

those who live on our borders taunt and insult us. 37 

44:14 You made us 38  an object of ridicule 39  among the nations;

foreigners treat us with contempt. 40 

44:15 All day long I feel humiliated 41 

and am overwhelmed with shame, 42 

44:16 before the vindictive enemy

who ridicules and insults me. 43 

44:17 All this has happened to us, even though we have not rejected you 44 

or violated your covenant with us. 45 

44:18 We have not been unfaithful, 46 

nor have we disobeyed your commands. 47 

44:19 Yet you have battered us, leaving us a heap of ruins overrun by wild dogs; 48 

you have covered us with darkness. 49 

44:20 If we had rejected our God, 50 

and spread out our hands in prayer to another god, 51 

44:21 would not God discover it,

for he knows 52  one’s thoughts? 53 

44:22 Yet because of you 54  we are killed all day long;

we are treated like 55  sheep at the slaughtering block. 56 

44:23 Rouse yourself! Why do you sleep, O Lord?

Wake up! 57  Do not reject us forever!

44:24 Why do you look the other way, 58 

and ignore 59  the way we are oppressed and mistreated? 60 

44:25 For we lie in the dirt,

with our bellies pressed to the ground. 61 

44:26 Rise up and help us!

Rescue us 62  because of your loyal love!

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