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PSALMS · Chapter 44
44:1 We have heard with our ears, O God, our fathers have told us, what
work you did in their days, in the times of old.
44:2 How you did drive out the heathen with your hand, and planted them; how you did afflict the people, and cast them out.
44:3 For they got not the land in possession by their own sword, neither did their own arm save them: but your right hand, and your arm, and the light of your countenance, because you had a favour unto them.
44:4 You are my King, O God: command deliverances for Jacob.
44:5 Through you will we push down our enemies: through your name will we tread them under that rise up against us.
44:6 For I will not trust in my bow, neither shall my sword save me.
44:7 But you have saved us from our enemies, and have put them to shame that hated us.
44:8 In God we boast all the day long, and praise your name for ever. Selah.
44:9 But you have cast off, and put us to shame; and go not forth with our armies.
44:10 You make us to turn back from the enemy: and they which hate us spoil for themselves.
44:11 You have given us like sheep appointed for food; and have scattered us among the heathen.
44:12 You sell your people for nothing, and do not increase your wealth by their price.
44:13 You make us a reproach to our neighbours, a scorn and a derision to them that are round about us.
44:14 You make us a byword among the heathen, a shaking of the head among the people.
44:15 My confusion is continually before me, and the shame of my face has covered me,
44:16 For the voice of him that reproaches and blasphemes; by reason of the enemy and avenger.
44:17 All this has come upon us; yet have we not forgotten you, neither have we dealt falsely in your covenant.
44:18 Our heart is not turned back, neither have our steps declined from your way;
44:19 Though you have sore broken us in the place of dragons, and covered us with the shadow of death.
44:20 If we have forgotten the name of our God, or stretched out our hands to a strange god;
44:21 Shall not God search this out? for he knows the secrets of the heart.
44:22 Yea, for your sake are we killed all the day long; we are counted as sheep for the slaughter.
44:23 Awake, why sleep you, O Lord? arise, cast us not off for ever.
44:24 Wherefore hide you your face, and forget our affliction and our oppression?
44:25 For our soul is bowed down to the dust: our belly cleaves unto the earth.
44:26 Arise for our help, and redeem us for your mercies' sake.
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