“‘Then I sent Moses and Aaron,(A) and I afflicted the Egyptians by what I did there, and I brought you out.(B) When I brought your people out of Egypt, you came to the sea,(C) and the Egyptians pursued them with chariots and horsemen[a](D) as far as the Red Sea.[b](E) But they cried(F) to the Lord for help, and he put darkness(G) between you and the Egyptians; he brought the sea over them and covered them.(H) You saw with your own eyes what I did to the Egyptians.(I) Then you lived in the wilderness for a long time.(J)

“‘I brought you to the land of the Amorites(K) who lived east of the Jordan. They fought against you, but I gave them into your hands. I destroyed them from before you, and you took possession of their land.(L) When Balak son of Zippor,(M) the king of Moab, prepared to fight against Israel, he sent for Balaam son of Beor(N) to put a curse on you.(O) 10 But I would not listen to Balaam, so he blessed you(P) again and again, and I delivered you out of his hand.

11 “‘Then you crossed the Jordan(Q) and came to Jericho.(R) The citizens of Jericho fought against you, as did also the Amorites, Perizzites,(S) Canaanites, Hittites, Girgashites, Hivites and Jebusites,(T) but I gave them into your hands.(U) 12 I sent the hornet(V) ahead of you, which drove them out(W) before you—also the two Amorite kings. You did not do it with your own sword and bow.(X) 13 So I gave you a land(Y) on which you did not toil and cities you did not build; and you live in them and eat from vineyards and olive groves that you did not plant.’(Z)

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Footnotes

  1. Joshua 24:6 Or charioteers
  2. Joshua 24:6 Or the Sea of Reeds

Psalm 44[a]

For the director of music. Of the Sons of Korah. A maskil.[b]

We have heard it with our ears,(A) O God;
    our ancestors have told us(B)
what you did in their days,
    in days long ago.(C)
With your hand you drove out(D) the nations
    and planted(E) our ancestors;
you crushed(F) the peoples
    and made our ancestors flourish.(G)
It was not by their sword(H) that they won the land,
    nor did their arm bring them victory;
it was your right hand,(I) your arm,(J)
    and the light(K) of your face, for you loved(L) them.

You are my King(M) and my God,(N)
    who decrees[c] victories(O) for Jacob.
Through you we push back(P) our enemies;
    through your name we trample(Q) our foes.
I put no trust in my bow,(R)
    my sword does not bring me victory;
but you give us victory(S) over our enemies,
    you put our adversaries to shame.(T)
In God we make our boast(U) all day long,(V)
    and we will praise your name forever.[d](W)

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Footnotes

  1. Psalm 44:1 In Hebrew texts 44:1-26 is numbered 44:2-27.
  2. Psalm 44:1 Title: Probably a literary or musical term
  3. Psalm 44:4 Septuagint, Aquila and Syriac; Hebrew King, O God; / command
  4. Psalm 44:8 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here.

My help comes from the Lord,
    the Maker of heaven(A) and earth.(B)

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But I, with shouts of grateful praise,(A)
    will sacrifice(B) to you.
What I have vowed(C) I will make good.
    I will say, ‘Salvation(D) comes from the Lord.’”

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But we have this treasure in jars of clay(A) to show that this all-surpassing power is from God(B) and not from us.

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