Psalms 44

To the chief Musician for the sons of Korah (Qorach), Maskil.

1 We have heard with our ears, O God (Elohim), our fathers have told us, what work You didst in their days, in the times of old.

2 How You didst drive out the heathen with Your hand, and plantedst them; how You didst afflict the people, and cast them out.

3 For they got not the land in possession by their own sword, neither did their own arm save them; but Your right hand, and Your arm, and the light of Your countenance, because You hadst a favor unto them.

4 You are my King, O God (Elohim); command deliverances for Jacob (Yaaqov).

5 Through You will we push down our enemies; through Your name will we tread them under that 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 them to shame that hated us.

8 In God (Elohim) we boast all the day long, and praise Your name forever. Selah.

9 But You have cast off, and put us to shame; and goest not forth with our armies.

10 You makest us to turn back from the enemy; and those who hate us spoil for themselves.

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

12 You sellest Your people for nought, and dost not increase Your wealth by their price.

13 You makest us a reproach to our neighbours, a scorn and a derision to them that are round about us.

14 You makest us a byword among the heathens, a shaking of the head among the people.

15 My confusion is continually before me, and the shame of my face hath covered me,

16 For the voice of him that reproacheth and blasphemeth; by reason of the enemy and avenger.

17 All this is come upon us; yet have we not forgotten You, neither have we dealt falsely in Your covenant.

18 Our heart is not turned back, neither have our steps declined from Your way;

19 Though You have sore broken us in the place of dragons, and covered us with the shadow of death.

20 If we have forgotten the name of our God (Elohim), or stretched out our hands to a strange god (elohim);

21 Shall not God (Elohim) search this out? For He knoweth the secrets of the heart.

22 Yea, for Your sake are we killed all the day long; we are counted as sheep for the slaughter.

23 Awake, why sleepest You, O Lord (Adonai)? Arise, cast us not off forever.

24 Wherefore hidest You Your face, and forgettest our affliction and our oppression?

25 For our soul is bowed down to the dust; our belly cleaveth unto the earth.

26 Arise for our help, and redeem us for Your mercies’ sake.