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Psalm 44 Common English Bible (CEB)

Psalm 44

For the music leader. A maskil[a] of the Korahites.

44 We have heard it, God, with our own ears;
    our ancestors told us about it:
        about the deeds you did in their days,
        in days long past.
You, by your own hand, removed all the nations,
        but you planted our ancestors.
    You crushed all the peoples,
        but you set our ancestors free.
No, not by their own swords
    did they take possession of the land—
        their own arms didn’t save them.
    No, it was your strong hand, your arm,
    and the light of your face
        because you were pleased with them.
It’s you, God! You who are my king,
    the one who orders salvation for Jacob.
We’ve pushed our foes away by your help;
    we’ve trampled our enemies by your name.
No, I won’t trust in my bow;
    my sword won’t save me
    because it’s you who saved us from our foes,
    you who put those who hate us to shame.
So we glory in God at all times
    and give thanks to your name forever. Selah

But now you’ve rejected and humiliated us.
    You no longer accompany our armies.
10 You make us retreat from the enemy;
    our adversaries plunder us.
11 You’ve handed us over like sheep for butchering;
    you’ve scattered us among the nations.
12 You’ve sold your people for nothing,
    not even bothering to set a decent price.
13 You’ve made us a joke to all our neighbors;
    we’re mocked and ridiculed by everyone around us.
14 You’ve made us a bad joke to the nations,
    something to be laughed at by all peoples.
15 All day long my disgrace confronts me,
    and shame covers my face
16     because of the voices of those
    who make fun of me and bad-mouth me,
        because of the enemy who is out for revenge.

17 All this has come upon us,
    but we haven’t forgotten you
    or broken your covenant.
18 Our hearts haven’t turned away,
    neither have our steps strayed from your way.
19 But you’ve crushed us in the place where jackals[b] live,
    covering us with deepest darkness.
20 If we had forgotten the name of our God
    or spread out our hands to some strange deity,
21 wouldn’t God have discovered it?
    After all, God knows every secret of the heart.
22 No, God, it’s because of you that we are getting killed every day—
    it’s because of you that we are considered sheep ready for slaughter.

23 Wake up! Why are you sleeping, Lord?
    Get up! Don’t reject us forever!
24 Why are you hiding your face,
    forgetting our suffering and oppression?
25 Look: we’re going down to the dust;
    our stomachs are flat on the ground!
26 Stand up! Help us!
    Save us for the sake of your faithful love.

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 44:1 Perhaps instruction
  2. Psalm 44:19 Or the sea monster(s)
Common English Bible (CEB)

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Psalm 44 King James Version (KJV)

44 We have heard with our ears, O God, our fathers have told us, what work thou didst in their days, in the times of old.

How thou didst drive out the heathen with thy hand, and plantedst them; how thou didst afflict the people, and cast them out.

For they got not the land in possession by their own sword, neither did their own arm save them: but thy right hand, and thine arm, and the light of thy countenance, because thou hadst a favour unto them.

Thou art my King, O God: command deliverances for Jacob.

Through thee will we push down our enemies: through thy name will we tread them under that rise up against us.

For I will not trust in my bow, neither shall my sword save me.

But thou hast saved us from our enemies, and hast put them to shame that hated us.

In God we boast all the day long, and praise thy name for ever. Selah.

But thou hast cast off, and put us to shame; and goest not forth with our armies.

10 Thou makest us to turn back from the enemy: and they which hate us spoil for themselves.

11 Thou hast given us like sheep appointed for meat; and hast scattered us among the heathen.

12 Thou sellest thy people for nought, and dost not increase thy wealth by their price.

13 Thou makest us a reproach to our neighbours, a scorn and a derision to them that are round about us.

14 Thou makest us a byword among the heathen, a shaking of the head among the people.

15 My confusion is continually before me, and the shame of my face hath covered me,

16 For the voice of him that reproacheth and blasphemeth; by reason of the enemy and avenger.

17 All this is come upon us; yet have we not forgotten thee, neither have we dealt falsely in thy covenant.

18 Our heart is not turned back, neither have our steps declined from thy way;

19 Though thou hast sore broken us in the place of dragons, and covered us with the shadow of death.

20 If we have forgotten the name of our God, or stretched out our hands to a strange god;

21 Shall not God search this out? for he knoweth the secrets of the heart.

22 Yea, for thy sake are we killed all the day long; we are counted as sheep for the slaughter.

23 Awake, why sleepest thou, O Lord? arise, cast us not off for ever.

24 Wherefore hidest thou thy face, and forgettest our affliction and our oppression?

25 For our soul is bowed down to the dust: our belly cleaveth unto the earth.

26 Arise for our help, and redeem us for thy mercies' sake.

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