Psalms

Psalm 44 ©

1The church calling to mind former favours, 9complaineth of present evils: 17professing her integrity, 23she fervently prayeth for succour.

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To the chief Musician for athe sons of Korah, Maschil.

a Ps. 42, title.
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WE bhave heard with our ears, O God, our fathers have told us, what work thou didst in their days, in the times of old.

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

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For dthey 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 ethe light of thy countenance, because thou hadst a favour unto them.

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Thou fart my King, O God: gcommand deliverances for Jacob.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Thou ohast given us 1like sheep appointed for meat; and hast pscattered us among the heathen.

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Thou qsellest thy people 2for nought, and dost not increase thy wealth by their price.

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

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Thou smakest us a *byword among the heathen, a shaking of the head among the people.

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

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

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All vthis is come upon us; yet have we not wforgotten thee, neither have we xdealt falsely in thy covenant.

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Our yheart is not turned back, neither have our 3steps *declined from thy way;

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Though zthou hast *sore broken us in athe place of *dragons, and covered us with bthe shadow of death.

b Ps. 23.4. Job 3.5. v.25.
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If cwe have dforgotten the name of our God, or stretched out our hands to ea strange god;

c Job 31. Ps. 7.3-5.
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Shall fnot God search this out? for he knoweth the secrets of the heart.

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

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

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Wherefore ihidest thou thy face, and forgettest our affliction and our oppression?

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

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Arise 4for our help, and redeem us for thy mercies' sake.