- (44:1) For the Leader;
a Psalm of the sons of Korah.
(44:2) O God, we have heard with our ears, our fathers have told us;
a work Thou didst in their days, in the days of old.
- (44:3) Thou with Thy hand didst drive out the nations, and didst plant them in;
Thou didst break the peoples, and didst spread them abroad.
- (44:4) For not by their own sword did they get the land in possession, neither did their own arm save them;
but Thy right hand, and Thine arm, and the light of Thy countenance, because Thou wast favourable unto them.
- (44:5) Thou art my King, O God;
command the salvation of Jacob.
- (44:6) Through Thee do we push down our adversaries;
through Thy name do we tread them under that rise up against us.
- (44:7) For I trust not in my bow, neither can my sword save me.
- (44:8) But Thou hast saved us from our adversaries, and hast put them to shame that hate us.
- (44:9) In God have we gloried all the day, and we will give thanks unto Thy name for ever.
- (44:10) Yet Thou hast cast off, and brought us to confusion;
and goest not forth with our hosts.
- (44:11) Thou makest us to turn back from the adversary;
and they that hate us spoil at their will.
- (44:12) Thou hast given us like sheep to be eaten;
and hast scattered us among the nations.
- (44:13) Thou sellest Thy people for small gain, and hast not set their prices high.
- (44:14) Thou makest us a taunt to our neighbours, a scorn and a derision to them that are round about us.
- (44:15) Thou makest us a byword among the nations, a shaking of the head among the peoples.
- (44:16) All the day is my confusion before me, and the shame of my face hath covered me,
- (44:17) For the voice of him that taunteth and blasphemeth;
by reason of the enemy and the revengeful.
- (44:18) All this is come upon us;
yet have we not forgotten Thee, neither have we been false to Thy covenant.
- (44:19) Our heart is not turned back, neither have our steps declined from Thy path;
- (44:20) Though Thou hast crushed us into a place of jackals, and covered us with the shadow of death.
- (44:21) If we had forgotten the name of our God, or spread forth our hands to a strange god;
- (44:22) Would not God search this out?
For He knoweth the secrets of the heart.
- (44:23) Nay, but for Thy sake are we killed all the day;
we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
- (44:24) Awake, why sleepest Thou, O Lord?
Arouse Thyself, cast not off for ever.
- (44:25) Wherefore hidest Thou Thy face, and forgettest our affliction and our oppression?
- (44:26) For our soul is bowed down to the dust;
our belly cleaveth unto the earth.
- (44:27) Arise for our help, and redeem us for Thy mercy"s sake.