For the Music Director. A Contemplative Maskil of the sons of Korah.
1We have heard with our ears, O God,
our fathers have told us
what work You did in their days,
in the days of old:
2#Ps 63:1; 84:2 how You drove out the nations with Your hand,
and planted others instead;
how You afflicted peoples,
and sent them away.
3#Ps 79:10; 80:5 For they did not take possession of the land by their own sword,
nor did their own arm save them;
but it was Your right hand, and Your arm,
and the light of Your countenance, because You had favor on them.
4#Isa 30:29; Ps 62:8 You are my King, O God;
command deliverances for Jacob.
5#Ps 42:11; 43:5 Through You we will push down our opponents;
through Your name we will trample those who rise up against us.
6#2Sa 17:22; Dt 3:8–9 For I will not trust in my bow,
nor will my sword save me.
7#Ps 88:7; Jnh 2:3 But You have saved us from our opponents,
and have put to shame those who hate us.
8#Job 35:10; Ps 63:6 In God we boast all the day long,
and give thanks to Your name forever. Selah
9#Ps 38:6; 18:2 But You have rejected us and put us to shame,
and do not go out with our armies.
10#Ps 42:3; Joel 2:17 You make us to turn back from the opponent,
and those who hate us make us their spoil.
11#Ps 42:5; 43:5 You have placed us like sheep for prey,
and have scattered us among the nations.
12You sell Your people for nothing,
and do not increase Your wealth by their sale.
13You make us a reproach to our neighbors,
a scorn and a derision to those who surround us.
14You make us a byword among the nations,
a shaking of the head among the people.
15All day long my reproach is before me,
and the shame of my face covers me,
16from the voice of him who reproaches and reviles,
by reason of the enemy and avenger.
17All this is come on us,
yet we have not forgotten You,
nor have we dealt falsely in Your covenant.
18Our heart is not turned back,
nor have our steps deviated from Your way,
19though You have crushed us in the place of jackals,
and covered us with the shadow of death.
20If we have forgotten the name of our God,
or stretched out our hands to a strange god,
21would not God search this out?
For He knows the secrets of the heart.
22Yes, for Your sake we are killed all the day long;
we are considered like sheep for the slaughter.
23Awake; why do You sleep, O Lord?
Arise; do not reject us forever.
24Why do You hide Your face,
and forget our affliction and our oppression?
25For our soul is bowed down to the dust;
our body cleaves to the earth.
26Arise, be our help,
and redeem us for the sake of Your lovingkindness.