To the chief Musician for the sons of Korah, Maschil.
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.||
(44:2) "Thou didst drive out the heathen with thy hand, and ... didst afflict the people."
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
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
Thou makest us to turn back from the enemy: and they which hate us spoil
Thou hast given us like sheep appointed for meat; and hast scattered us
among the heathen.||
Thou sellest thy people for nought, and dost not increase thy wealth by
Thou makest us a reproach to our neighbours, a scorn and a derision to
them that are round about us.||
Thou makest us a byword among the heathen, a shaking of the head among the
My confusion is continually before me, and the shame of my face hath
For the voice of him that reproacheth and blasphemeth; by reason of the
enemy and avenger.||
All this is come upon us; yet have we not forgotten thee, neither have we
dealt falsely in thy covenant.||
Our heart is not turned back, neither have our steps declined from thy
Though thou hast sore broken us in the place of dragons, and covered us
with the shadow of death.||
(44:19) "Thou hast sore broken us in the place of dragons."
If we have forgotten the name of our God, or stretched out our hands to a
Shall not God search this out? for he knoweth the secrets of the heart.
(44:21) "God ... knoweth the secrets of the
Then why did he have to test people to see what was in their hearts?
Does God know what is in everyone's heart?
Does God know everything?
(44:23) "Awake, why sleepest
thou, O Lord?"
Does God sleep?
Yea, for thy sake are we killed all the day long; we are counted as sheep
for the slaughter.
Awake, why sleepest
thou, O Lord? arise, cast us not off for ever.
Wherefore hidest thou thy face, and forgettest our affliction and our
For our soul is bowed down to the dust: our belly cleaveth unto the earth.||
Arise for our help, and redeem us for thy mercies' sake.