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Psalms 44

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 1 We have heard with our ears, O God; our forefathers have told us what work you did in their days, in the times of old.

 2 How you drove out the heathen with your hand and planted our forefathers; how you afflicted the peoples, but made our forefathers spread out [in increase of population].

 3 For they did not take possession of the land by their own sword, neither did their own arm save them; but your right hand and your arm and the light of your countenance did it, because you favored them.

 4 You are my King, O God; command deliverances for Jacob.

 5 Through you we will push down our enemies; through your name we will tread them under who rise up against us.

 6 For I will not trust in my bow, neither shall my sword save me.

 7 But you have saved us from our enemies and have put those who hated us to shame.

 8 In God we boast all the day long, and praise your name forever. Selah.

 9 But you have cast us off and put us to shame; and you do not go out with our armies.

 10 You make us turn back from the enemy, and those who hate us have plundered us for themselves.

 11 You have given us like sheep appointed for food and have scattered us among the heathen.

 12 You sell your people for nothing, and do not increase your wealth by their price.

 13 You make us a reproach to our neighbors, a scorn and a derision to those who surround us.

 14 You make us a byword among the heathen, a shaking of the head among the people.

 15 My disgrace is continually before me, and shame has covered my face,

 16 At the words of those who reproaches and revile me, because of the enemy and revengeful.

 17 All this has come upon us, yet we have not forgotten you, neither have we dealt falsely with your covenant.

 18 Our heart has not turned back, neither have our steps strayed from your path,

 19 Though you have severely broken us in the place of jackals, and covered us with the shadow of death.

 20 If we have forgotten the name of our God or stretched out our hands to a strange god,

 21 Would not God have discovered it? For he knows the secrets of the heart.

 22 But for your sake are we killed all the day long; we are counted as sheep for the slaughter.

 23 Awake! Why do you sleep, O Lord? Arise, do not cast us off forever.

 24 Why do you hide your face and forget our affliction and our oppression?

 25 For our soul is bowed down to the dust; our bodies cleave to the ground.1

 26 Arise! Be our help, and redeem us for your mercies' sake.


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1 Though you have severely broken us in the place of jackals, and covered us with the shadow of death. For our soul is bowed down to the dust; our bodies cleave to the ground. More evidence of supernatural affliction from the will of God, to chasten and scourge any son whom he accepts. Heb 12:5-8.

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