Psalm 44 (New American Standard)

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Former Deliverances and Present Troubles.

1 O God, we have heard with our ears, Our 1fathers have told us The 2work that You did in their days, In the 3days of old. 2 You with Your own hand 4drove out the nations ; Then You 5planted them; You 6afflicted the peoples, Then You 7spread them abroad. 3 For by their own sword they 8did not possess the land, And their own arm did not save them, But Your right hand and Your 9arm and the 10light of Your presence, For You 11favored them. 4 You are 12my King, O God ; 13Command avictories for Jacob. 5 Through You we will 14push back our adversaries ; Through Your name we will 15trample down those who rise up against us. 6 For I will 16not trust in my bow, Nor will my sword save me. 7 But You 17have saved us from our adversaries, And You have 18put to shame those who hate us. 8 In God we have 19boasted all day long, And we will 20give thanks to Your name forever. bSelah. 9 Yet You 21have rejected us and brought us to 22dishonor, And 23do not go out with our armies. 10 You cause us to 24turn back from the adversary ; And those who hate us 25have taken spoil for themselves. 11 You give us as 26sheep cto be eaten And have 27scattered us among the nations. 12 You 28sell Your people dcheaply , And have not eprofited by their sale. 13 You make us a 29reproach to our neighbors, A scoffing and a 30derision to those around us. 14 You make us 31a byword among the nations, A f32laughingstock among the peoples. 15 All day long my dishonor is before me And gmy 33humiliation has overwhelmed me, 16 Because of the voice of him who 34reproaches and reviles, Because of the presence of the 35enemy and the avenger. 17 All this has come upon us, but we have 36not forgotten You, And we have not 37dealt falsely with Your covenant. 18 Our heart has not 38turned back, And our steps 39have not deviated from Your way, 19 Yet You have 40crushed us in a place of 41jackals And covered us with 42the shadow of death. 20 If we had 43forgotten the name of our God Or extended our hhands to 44a strange god, 21 Would not God 45find this out? For He knows the secrets of the heart. 22 But 46for Your sake we are killed all day long; We are considered as 47sheep to be slaughtered. 23 48Arouse Yourself, why 49do You sleep, O Lord ? Awake, 50do not reject us forever. 24 Why do You 51hide Your face And 52forget our affliction and our oppression ? 25 For our 53soul has sunk down into the dust ; Our body cleaves to the earth. 26 54Rise up, be our help, And 55redeem us for the sake of Your lovingkindness.
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