To the Heavenly Worship Leader for the sons of Korakh [Bald], Maskhil [a contemplative poem].
1We have heard with our ears, O God-Elōhīm (The Living Word) [The Many Powered], our fathers have told us, [what] work youi did in their days, in the times of old.
2 [How] youi did drive out the heathen with youri hand, and planted them; [how] youi did afflict the people, and cast them out.
3For they got not the land in possession by their own sword, neither did their own arm save them: but youri right hand, and youri arm, and the light of youri Countenance (Face, appearance; show favor), because youi had a favour unto them.
4youi are my King, O God-Elōhīm (The Living Word) [The Many Powered]: command deliverances for Ya’akov [Heel of God].
5Through youi will we push down our enemies: through youri name will we tread them under that rise up against us.
6For I will not trust in my bow, neither shall my sword save me.
7But youi have saved us from our enemies, and have put them to shame that hated us.
8In God-Elōhīm (The Living Word) [The Many Powered] we boast all the day long, and praise youri name forever. Selah [stop and diligently consider what was just said].
9But youi have cast off, and put us to shame; and go not forth with our armies.
10youi make us to turn back from the enemy: and they which hate us spoil (plunder; prey; booty) for themselves.
11youi have given us like sheep [appointed] for meat; and have scattered us among the heathen.
12youi sell youri people for nothing (bad; vain), and do not increase [youri wealth] by their price.
13youi make us a reproach (disgrace; shame) to our neighbours, a scorn and a ridicule (laughing at enemies’ threats) to them that are round about us.
14youi make us a byword among the heathen, a shaking of the head among the people.
15My confusion [is] continually before me, and the shame of my face has covered me,
16For the voice of him that reproaches and blasphemes; by reason of the enemy and avenger.
17All this is come upon us; yet have we not forgotten youi, neither have we dealt falsely in youri covenant.
18Our heart is not turned back, neither have our steps declined from youri way;
19Though youi have sore broken us in the place of dragons, and covered us with the shadow of death.
20If we have forgotten the name of our God-Elōhīm (The Living Word) [The Many Powered], or stretched out our hands to a strange god;
21Shall not God-Elōhīm (The Living Word) [The Many Powered] search this out? for he knows the secrets of the heart.
22Yea, for youri sake are we killed all the day long; we are counted as sheep for the slaughter.
23Awake, why sleep youi, O Lord-Adonai (The Father) [Greatest Above All Things]? arise, cast [us] not off forever.
24For what reason hide youi youri face, [and] forget our affliction and our oppression?
25For our soul is bowed down to the dust: our belly cleaves unto the earth.
26Arise for our help, and redeem us for youri mercies’ sake.