Psalm 44. Deus, auribus.
- WE have heard with our ears, O God, our fathers have told us *
what thou hast done in their time of old:
- How thou hast driven out the heathen with thy hand, and planted our fathers in; *
how thou hast destroyed the nations, and made thy people to flourish.
- For they gat not the land in possession through their own sword, *
neither was it their own arm that helped 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; *
send help unto Jacob.
- Through thee will we overthrow our enemies, *
and in thy Name will we tread them under that rise up against us.
- For I will not trust in my bow, *
it is not my sword that shall help me;
- But it is thou that savest us from our enemies, *
and puttest them to confusion that hate us.
- We make our boast of God all day long, *
and will praise thy Name for ever.
- But now thou art far off, and puttest us to confusion, *
and goest not forth with our armies.
- Thou makest us to turn our backs upon our enemies, *
so that they which hate us spoil our goods.
- Thou lettest us be eaten up like sheep, *
and hast scattered us among the heathen.
- Thou sellest thy people for nought, *
and takest no money for them.
- Thou makest us to be rebuked of our neighbours, *
to be laughed to scorn, and had in derision of them that are round about us.
- Thou makest us to be a by-word among the nations, *
and that the peoples shake their heads at us.
- My confusion is daily before me, *
and the shame of my face hath covered me;
- For the voice of the slanderer and blasphemer, *
for the enemy and avenger.
- And though all this be come upon us, yet do we not forget thee, *
nor behave ourselves frowardly in thy covenant.
- Our heart is not turned back, *
neither our steps gone out of thy way;
- No, not when thou hast smitten us into the place of dragons, *
and covered us with the shadow of death.
- If we have forgotten the Name of our God, and holden up our hands to any strange god, *
shall not God search it out? for he knoweth the very secrets of the heart.
- For thy sake also are we killed all the day long, *
and are counted as sheep appointed to be slain.
- Up, Lord, why sleepest thou? *
awake, and be not absent from us for ever.
- Wherefore hidest thou thy face, *
and forgettest our misery and trouble?
- For our soul is brought low, even unto the dust; *
our belly cleaveth unto the ground.
- Arise, and help us, *
and deliver us, for thy mercy's sake.
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