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To the director. Of the sons of Koʹrah.+ Masʹkil.* 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.+ 2 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.+ 3 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.+ 4 You yourself are my King, O God.+ Command grand salvation* for Jacob.+ 5 By you we shall push our adversaries themselves;+ In your name we shall tread down those rising up against us.+ 6 For it was not in my bow that I kept trusting+ And it was not my sword that was saving me.+ 7 For you saved us from our adversaries,+ And those intensely hating us you put to shame.+ 8 In God we will offer praise all day long,+ And to time indefinite your name we shall laud.+ Seʹlah. 9 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.+