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Psalm 44 :: New King James Version (NKJV)

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Redemption Remembered in Present Dishonor
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 44:1 - To the Chief Musician. A Contemplation[fn] of the sons of Korah.

We have heard with our ears, O God,
Our fathers have told us,
The deeds You did in their days,
In days of old:
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 44:2 - You drove out the nations with Your hand,
But them You planted;
You afflicted the peoples, and cast them out.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 44:3 - For they did not gain possession of the land by their own sword,
Nor did their own arm save them;
But it was Your right hand, Your arm, and the light of Your countenance,
Because You favored them.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 44:4 - You are my King, O God;[fn]
Command[fn] victories for Jacob.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 44:5 - Through You we will push down our enemies;
Through Your name we will trample those who rise up against us.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 44:6 - For I will not trust in my bow,
Nor shall my sword save me.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 44:7 - But You have saved us from our enemies,
And have put to shame those who hated us.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 44:8 - In God we boast all day long,
And praise Your name forever. Selah
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 44:9 - But You have cast us off and put us to shame,
And You do not go out with our armies.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 44:10 - You make us turn back from the enemy,
And those who hate us have taken spoil for themselves.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 44:11 - You have given us up like sheep intended for food,
And have scattered us among the nations.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 44:12 - You sell Your people for next to nothing,
And are not enriched by selling them.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 44:13 - You make us a reproach to our neighbors,
A scorn and a derision to those all around us.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 44:14 - You make us a byword among the nations,
A shaking of the head among the peoples.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 44:15 - My dishonor is continually before me,
And the shame of my face has covered me,
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 44:16 - Because of the voice of him who reproaches and reviles,
Because of the enemy and the avenger.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 44:17 - All this has come upon us;
But we have not forgotten You,
Nor have we dealt falsely with 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 - But You have severely 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 stretched out our hands to a foreign god,
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 44:21 - Would not God search this out?
For He knows the secrets of the heart.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 44:22 - Yet for Your sake we are killed all day long;
We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 44:23 - Awake! Why do You sleep, O Lord?
Arise! Do not cast us off forever.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 44:24 - Why do You hide Your face,
And forget our affliction and our oppression?
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 44:25 - For our soul is bowed down to the dust;
Our body clings to the ground.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 44:26 - Arise for our help,
And redeem us for Your mercies’ sake.
NKJV Footnotes
Hebrew Maschil
Following Masoretic Text and Targum; Septuagint and Vulgate read and my God.
Following Masoretic Text and Targum; Septuagint, Syriac, and Vulgate read Who commands.

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