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NEW WORLD TRANSLATION OF THE HOLY SCRIPTURES (1984 EDITION) See 2013 revision

Psalms 44:1-26

To the director. Of the sons of Ko′rah.+ Mas′kil.* 44  O God, with our ears we have heard, Our forefathers themselves have recounted to us+ The activity that you performed in their days,+ In the days of long ago.+   You yourself by your hand drove away even nations,+ And you proceeded to plant them [instead].+ You went breaking national groups and sending them away.+   For it was not by their own sword that they took possession of the land,+ And their own arm was not what brought them salvation.+ For it was your right hand and your arm+ and the light of your face, Because you took pleasure in them.+   You yourself are my King, O God.+ Command grand salvation* for Jacob.+   By you we shall push our adversaries themselves;+ In your name we shall tread down those rising up against us.+   For it was not in my bow that I kept trusting+ And it was not my sword that was saving me.+   For you saved us from our adversaries,+ And those intensely hating us you put to shame.+   In God we will offer praise all day long,+ And to time indefinite your name we shall laud.+ Se′lah.   But now you have cast off and keep humiliating us,+ And you do not go forth with our armies.+ 10  You keep making us turn back from the adversary,+ And the very ones intensely hating us have pillaged for themselves.+ 11  You give us up like sheep, as something to eat,+ And among the nations you have scattered us.+ 12  You sell your people for no value at all,+ And you have made no wealth by the price for them. 13  You set us as a reproach to our neighbors,+ A derision and jeering to those all around us.+ 14  You set us as a proverbial saying among the nations,+ A shaking of the head among the national groups.+ 15  All day long my humiliation is in front of me, And the shame of my own face has covered me,+ 16  Due to the voice of the one reproaching and speaking abusively, Because of the enemy and the one taking his revenge.+ 17  All this is what has come upon us, and we have not forgotten you,+ And we have not acted falsely in your covenant.+ 18  Our heart has not turned faithlessly back,+ Nor do our footsteps deviate from your path.+ 19  For you have crushed us in the place of jackals,+ And you cover us over with deep shadow.+ 20  If we have forgotten the name of our God,* Or we spread out our palms to a strange god,*+ 21  Will not God himself search this out?+ For he is aware of the secrets of the heart.+ 22  But for your sake we have been killed all day long; We have been accounted as sheep for slaughtering.+ 23  Do arouse yourself. Why do you keep sleeping, O Jehovah?*+ Do awake. Do not keep casting off forever.+ 24  Why do you keep your very face concealed? Why do you forget our affliction and our oppression?+ 25  For our soul has bowed down* to the dust itself;+ Our belly has clung to the very earth. 26  Do arise in assistance to us+ And redeem us for the sake of your loving-kindness.+

Footnotes

See 32:Sup ftn.
See 42:5 ftn, “Salvation.”
“Our God.” Heb., ʼElo·heh′nu.
“To . . . god.” Heb., leʼel′.
One of 134 scribal changes from YHWH to ʼAdho·nai′. See App 1B.
“Has melted (vanished) away,” by another derivation of the Heb. verb.