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Psalm 44 :: Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

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Israel’s Complaint

For the choir director. A Maskil of the sons of Korah.

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God, we have heard with our ears —

our ancestors have told us —

the work you accomplished in their days,

in days long ago:

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In order to plant them,

you displaced the nations by your hand;

in order to settle them,

you brought disaster on the peoples.

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For they did not take the land by their sword —

their arm did not bring them victory —

but by your right hand, your arm,

and the light of your face,

because you were favorable toward them.

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You are my King, my God,

who ordains[fn] victories for Jacob.

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Through you we drive back our foes;

through your name we trample our enemies.

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For I do not trust in my bow,

and my sword does not bring me victory.

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But you give us victory over our foes

and let those who hate us be disgraced.

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We boast in God all day long;

we will praise your name forever.Selah

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But you have rejected and humiliated us;

you do not march out with our armies.

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You make us retreat from the foe,

and those who hate us

have taken plunder for themselves.

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You hand us over to be eaten like sheep

and scatter us among the nations.

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You sell your people for nothing;

you make no profit from selling them.

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You make us an object of reproach to our neighbors,

a source of mockery and ridicule to those around us.

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You make us a joke among the nations,

a laughingstock[fn] among the peoples.

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My disgrace is before me all day long,

and shame has covered my face,

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because of the taunts[fn] of the scorner and reviler,

because of the enemy and avenger.

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All this has happened to us,

but we have not forgotten you

or betrayed your covenant.

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Our hearts have not turned back;

our steps have not strayed from your path.

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But you have crushed us in a haunt of jackals

and have covered us with deepest darkness.

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If we had forgotten the name of our God

and spread out our hands to a foreign god,

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wouldn’t God have found this out,

since he knows the secrets of the heart?

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Because of you we are being put to death all day long;

we are counted as sheep to be slaughtered.

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Wake up, LORD! Why are you sleeping?

Get up! Don’t reject us forever!

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Why do you hide

and forget our affliction and oppression?

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For we have sunk down to the dust;

our bodies cling to the ground.

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Rise up! Help us!

Redeem us because of your faithful love.

CSB Footnotes
LXX, Syr, Aq; MT reads King, God; ordain
Lit shaking of the head
Lit voice

Christian Standard Bible®, Copyright © 2017 by Holman Bible Publishers.

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