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Psalm 44 Good News Translation (GNT)

A Prayer for Protection[a]

44 With our own ears we have heard it, O God—
    our ancestors have told us about it,
about the great things you did in their time,
    in the days of long ago:
how you yourself drove out the heathen
    and established your people in their land;
how you punished the other nations
    and caused your own to prosper.
Your people did not conquer the land with their swords;
    they did not win it by their own power;
it was by your power and your strength,
    by the assurance of your presence,
    which showed that you loved them.

You are my king and my God;
    you give[b] victory to your people,
    and by your power we defeat our enemies.
I do not trust in my bow
    or in my sword to save me;
but you have saved us from our enemies
    and defeated those who hate us.
We will always praise you
    and give thanks to you forever.

But now you have rejected us and let us be defeated;
    you no longer march out with our armies.
10 You made us run from our enemies,
    and they took for themselves what was ours.
11 You allowed us to be slaughtered like sheep;
    you scattered us in foreign countries.
12 You sold your own people for a small price
    as though they had little value.[c]

13 Our neighbors see what you did to us,
    and they mock us and laugh at us.
14 You have made us a joke among the nations;
    they shake their heads at us in scorn.
15 I am always in disgrace;
    I am covered with shame
16     from hearing the sneers and insults
    of my enemies and those who hate me.

17 All this has happened to us,
    even though we have not forgotten you
    or broken the covenant you made with us.
18 We have not been disloyal to you;
    we have not disobeyed your commands.
19 Yet you left us helpless among wild animals;
    you abandoned us in deepest darkness.

20 If we had stopped worshiping our God
    and prayed to a foreign god,
21 you would surely have discovered it,
    because you know our secret thoughts.
22 But it is on your account that we are being killed all the time,
    that we are treated like sheep to be slaughtered.

23 Wake up, Lord! Why are you asleep?
    Rouse yourself Don't reject us forever!
24 Why are you hiding from us?
    Don't forget our suffering and trouble!

25 We fall crushed to the ground;
    we lie defeated in the dust.
26 Come to our aid!
    Because of your constant love save us!


  1. Psalm 44:1 HEBREW TITLE: A poem by the clan of Korah.
  2. Psalm 44:4 Some ancient translations and my God; you give; Hebrew O God; give.
  3. Psalm 44:12 as … value; or and made no profit from the sale.
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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.


  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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