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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 New International Version (NIV)

Psalm 44[a]

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

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

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

But now you have rejected and humbled us;
    you no longer go out with our armies.
10 You made us retreat before the enemy,
    and our adversaries have plundered us.
11 You gave us up to be devoured like sheep
    and have scattered us among the nations.
12 You sold your people for a pittance,
    gaining nothing from their sale.

13 You have made us a reproach to our neighbors,
    the scorn and derision of those around us.
14 You have made us a byword among the nations;
    the peoples shake their heads at us.
15 I live in disgrace all day long,
    and my face is covered with shame
16 at the taunts of those who reproach and revile me,
    because of the enemy, who is bent on revenge.

17 All this came upon us,
    though we had not forgotten you;
    we had not been false to your covenant.
18 Our hearts had not turned back;
    our feet had not strayed from your path.
19 But you crushed us and made us a haunt for jackals;
    you covered us over with deep darkness.

20 If we had forgotten the name of our God
    or spread out our hands to a foreign god,
21 would not God have discovered it,
    since he knows the secrets of the heart?
22 Yet for your sake we face death all day long;
    we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.

23 Awake, Lord! Why do you sleep?
    Rouse yourself! Do not reject us forever.
24 Why do you hide your face
    and forget our misery and oppression?

25 We are brought down to the dust;
    our bodies cling to the ground.
26 Rise up and help us;
    rescue us because of your unfailing love.

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.
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