Psalm 44 (Lexham English Bible)

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For the [music] director. Of the sons of Korah. A maskil.

Present Defeat and Past Deliverance

1 aO God, we have heard with our ears; our ancestorsb have told us of work you worked in their days, in days of old. 2 You [with] your hand drove out the nations, but themc you planted. You harmed [the] peoples, but themd you let spread out. 3 For not with their sword did they possess [the] land, and their arm did not give them victory. Rather [it was] your right hand and your arm and the light of your presence, because you delighted in them. 4 You are my king, O God. Commande victories for Jacob. 5 By you we push down our enemies; by your name we tread down those who rise up against us. 6 For I do not trust my bow, and my sword cannot give me victory. 7 Rather you have saved us from our enemies,f and have humiliated those who hate us. 8 In God we boast all the day, and we will give thanks [to] your name forever. Selah 9 Surely you have rejected and disgraced us, and have not gone out with our armies. 10 You have caused us to pull back from [the] enemy, and [so] those who hate us have plundered for themselves. 11 You have given us as sheep [for] food, and among the nations you have scattered us. 12 You have sold your people {cheaply},g and did not profit by their price. 13 You have made us a taunt to our neighbors, a derision and a scorn to those around us. 14 You have made us a byword among the nations, a shaking of [the] head among [the] peoples. 15 {All day long}h my disgrace [is] before me, and the shame of my face covers me, 16 because of [the] voice of [the] taunter and [the] reviler, because of [the] enemy and [the] avenger. 17 All this has befallen us, though we have not forgotten you, and we have not been false to your covenant. 18 Our heart has not turned back, and our steps have [not] turned aside from your way. 19 But you have crushed us in a place of jackals, and have covered us with deep shadow. 20 If we had forgotten the name of our God, or had spread out our hands [in prayer] to a foreign god, 21 would not God discover this, for he knows [the] secrets of [the] heart? 22 Rather, on account of you we are killed {all day long};i we are accounted as sheep for slaughter. 23 Wake up! Why do you sleep, O Lord? Awake! Do not reject forever. 24 Why do you hide your face? [Have] you forgotten our misery and our oppression? 25 For our soul is bowed down to the dust. Our {body}j clings to the ground. 26 Rise up! [Be a] help for us, and redeem us for the sake of your loyal love.
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