Psalms 44:22

22 Because of you we are being killed all day long, and accounted as sheep for the slaughter.

Psalms 44:22 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 44:22

Yea, for thy sake are we killed all the day long
These words are cited by the Apostle Paul in ( Romans 8:36 ) ; and are applied to his times, showing the then close attachment of the saints to Christ, and their strong love and affection for him; and they have the same sense here, being an instance and proof of the church's integrity and faithfulness in the cause of God, amidst the sorest afflictions and persecutions; for the truth of which she appeals to the searcher of hearts; and had their accomplishment in the ten persecutions under the Heathen emperors, and under the Papal tyranny; and may be understood of their being threatened with death, being in danger of it, and exposed unto it continually, ( 1 Corinthians 15:31 ) ( 2 Corinthians 4:10-12 ) ; or of their being in such troubles and afflictions, which may be called death, ( 2 Corinthians 1:8-10 ) ( 11:23 ) ; or of the actual slaying them: and what was done to many of the members of the church she attributes to herself, because of the union between them; and for the sake of the worship of the true God, because they would not worship the gods of the Heathens, nor the image of the beast, multitudes of them were put to death; and that all the day long, and every day, and that for a long series and course of time, or continually; and indeed, ever since the Gospel day or dispensation began, this killing work has been more or less; and it will continue during the reign of antichrist, until the measure of his iniquity is filled up, and the afflictions of the saints are accomplished;

we are counted as sheep for the slaughter;
or "as sheep of slaughter" {q}; see ( Zechariah 11:4 Zechariah 11:7 ) ; that is, either as sheep to be slaughtered for food, their enemies delighting to eat their flesh and drink their blood; (See Gill on Psalms 44:11), or for sacrifice, they reckoning it doing God good service to take away their lives, as though they sacrificed a lamb or a sheep unto him; and which, like sheep, they have patiently endured: this is the account made of them, not by the Lord, in whose sight their death is precious; nor by the saints, with whom their memory is dear; but by their furious persecutors, among whom they are as sheep among wolves; see ( 1 Corinthians 4:13 ) .


F17 (hxbj Nauk) "ut pecus mactationis", Montanus, Vatablus; so Musculus, Cocceius, Gejerus, Michaelis, Ainsworth.

Psalms 44:22 In-Context

20 If we had forgotten the name of our God, or spread out our hands to a strange god,
21 would not God discover this? For he knows the secrets of the heart.
22 Because of you we are being killed all day long, and accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
23 Rouse yourself! Why do you sleep, O Lord? Awake, do not cast us off forever!
24 Why do you hide your face? Why do you forget our affliction and oppression?
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