Bible: Psalm 44:4-26

44:4 You are my 1  king, O God!

Decree 2  Jacob’s 3  deliverance!

44:5 By your power 4  we will drive back 5  our enemies;

by your strength 6  we will trample down 7  our foes! 8 

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

and I do not prevail by my sword.

44:7 For you deliver 9  us from our enemies;

you humiliate 10  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 11  you rejected and embarrassed us!

You did not go into battle with our armies. 12 

44:10 You made us retreat 13  from the enemy.

Those who hate us take whatever they want from us. 14 

44:11 You handed us 15  over like sheep to be eaten;

you scattered us among the nations.

44:12 You sold 16  your people for a pittance; 17 

you did not ask a high price for them. 18 

44:13 You made us 19  an object of disdain to our neighbors;

those who live on our borders taunt and insult us. 20 

44:14 You made us 21  an object of ridicule 22  among the nations;

foreigners treat us with contempt. 23 

44:15 All day long I feel humiliated 24 

and am overwhelmed with shame, 25 

44:16 before the vindictive enemy

who ridicules and insults me. 26 

44:17 All this has happened to us, even though we have not rejected you 27 

or violated your covenant with us. 28 

44:18 We have not been unfaithful, 29 

nor have we disobeyed your commands. 30 

44:19 Yet you have battered us, leaving us a heap of ruins overrun by wild dogs; 31 

you have covered us with darkness. 32 

44:20 If we had rejected our God, 33 

and spread out our hands in prayer to another god, 34 

44:21 would not God discover it,

for he knows 35  one’s thoughts? 36 

44:22 Yet because of you 37  we are killed all day long;

we are treated like 38  sheep at the slaughtering block. 39 

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

Wake up! 40  Do not reject us forever!

44:24 Why do you look the other way, 41 

and ignore 42  the way we are oppressed and mistreated? 43 

44:25 For we lie in the dirt,

with our bellies pressed to the ground. 44 

44:26 Rise up and help us!

Rescue us 45  because of your loyal love!

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