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¶ WE have heard with our ears, O God, our fathers have told us what work thou hast wrought in their days, in the times of old;
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How thou didst destroy the Gentiles with thy hand, and established thy people;
how thou didst vex the kingdoms, and strengthened thy people.
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For they inherited not the land by their sword, neither did their own arm save them;
but thy right hand and thine arm and the light of thy countenance, because thou wast pleased with them.
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Thou art my King, O God;
for thou commandest deliverances for Jacob.
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Through thee will we pierce our enemies;
through thy name will we tread them under that hate us.
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For we trust not in our bows;
neither on our armour to save us.
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But thou hast saved us from those who hate us, and hast put to shame our enemies.
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We glorify thee, O God, all the day long, and praise thy name for ever.
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¶ But now thou hast forsaken us and put us to shame, and goest not forth with our armies:
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But thou makest us to be defeated;
and our enemies have plundered us.
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Thou hast sold us like sheep appointed for meat;
and hast scattered us among the Gentiles.
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Thou hast sold thy people as a bargain, and dost not profit by their exchange.
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Thou makest us a reproach to our neighbours, a scorn and a derision to them that are round about us.
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Thou makest us a byword among the Gentiles, a shaking of the head among the nations.
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All the day long my disgrace is before me, and the shame of my face has covered me,
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Because of the voice of him who reproaches and blasphemes;
and because of the enemy that avenges.
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¶ All this is come upon us;
yet have we not forgotten thee, neither have we dealt falsely in thy covenant.
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We have not turned back, neither have we swerved our steps from thy way;
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For thou hast humbled us a second time in the land, and covered us with the shadow of death.
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And yet we have not forgotten the name of our God, or stretched out our hands to stranger gods;
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God will look into this thing, for he knows the secrets of the heart.
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Yea, for thy sake are we killed every day;
we are counted as sheep for the slaughter.
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Awake and sleep not, O LORD;
remember us and forsake us not.
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Turn not thy face from us, and forget not our humiliation and our oppression;
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For our soul is humbled down to the dust;
our body touches the earth.
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Arise to help us;
redeem us for thy mercies’ sake.