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Psalm 44 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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Come to Our Help

Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 44:1 - To the choirmaster. A Maskil[fn] of the Sons of Korah.
O God, we have heard with our ears,
our fathers have told us,
what deeds you performed in their days,
in the days of old:
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 44:2 - you with your own hand drove out the nations,
but them you planted;
you afflicted the peoples,
but them you set free;
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 44:3 - for not by their own sword did they win the land,
nor did their own arm save them,
but your right hand and your arm,
and the light of your face,
for you delighted in them.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 44:4 - You are my King, O God;
ordain salvation for Jacob!
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 44:5 - Through you we push down our foes;
through your name we tread down those who rise up against us.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 44:6 - For not in my bow do I trust,
nor can my sword save me.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 44:7 - But you have saved us from our foes
and have put to shame those who hate us.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 44:8 - In God we have boasted continually,
and we will give thanks to your name forever. Selah
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 44:9 - But you have rejected us and disgraced us
and have not gone out with our armies.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 44:10 - You have made us turn back from the foe,
and those who hate us have gotten spoil.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 44:11 - You have made us like sheep for slaughter
and have scattered us among the nations.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 44:12 - You have sold your people for a trifle,
demanding no high price for them.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 44:13 - You have made us the taunt of our neighbors,
the derision and scorn of those around us.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 44:14 - You have made us a byword among the nations,
a laughingstock[fn] among the peoples.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 44:15 - All day long my disgrace is before me,
and shame has covered my face
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 44:16 - at the sound of the taunter and reviler,
at the sight of the enemy and the avenger.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 44:17 - All this has come upon us,
though we have not forgotten you,
and we have not been false to your covenant.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 44:18 - Our heart has not turned back,
nor have our steps departed from your way;
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 44:19 - yet you have broken us in the place of jackals
and covered us with the shadow of death.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 44:20 - If we had forgotten the name of our God
or spread out our hands to a foreign god,
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 44:21 - would not God discover this?
For he knows the secrets of the heart.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 44:22 - Yet for your sake we are killed all the day long;
we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 44:23 - Awake! Why are you sleeping, O Lord?
Rouse yourself! Do not reject us forever!
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 44:24 - Why do you hide your face?
Why do you forget our affliction and oppression?
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 44:25 - For our soul is bowed down to the dust;
our belly clings to the ground.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 44:26 - Rise up; come to our help!
Redeem us for the sake of your steadfast love!
ESV Footnotes
Probably a musical or liturgical term
Hebrew a shaking of the head

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