Come to Our Help
To the choirmaster. #Ps. 42, titleA Maskil#44:1 Probably a musical or liturgical term of the Sons of Korah.
1O God, we have heard with our ears,
# Ps. 78:3; Ex. 10:2; 12:26, 27; 13:8, 14, 15; Judg. 6:13; See Deut. 6:20-23 our fathers have told us,
what deeds you performed in their days,
# See Ps. 77:5 in the days of old:
2you with your own hand #Ps. 78:55; 80:8; Josh. 3:10 drove out the nations,
but #Ex. 15:17; 2 Sam. 7:10 them you planted;
you afflicted the peoples,
but #Ps. 80:9-11; [Jer. 17:8]them you set free;
3for not #Josh. 24:12; Hos. 1:7 by their own sword did they win the land,
nor did their own arm save them,
but your right hand and your arm,
and #See Ps. 4:6 the light of your face,
# Deut. 4:37; 7:7, 8; 10:15 for you delighted in them.
4 # Ps. 74:12 You are my King, O God;
# See Ps. 42:8 ordain salvation for Jacob!
5Through you we #[Deut. 33:17; Dan. 8:4] push down our foes;
through your name we #Ps. 60:12tread down those who rise up against us.
6For not in #[Ps. 33:16; 1 Sam. 17:47]my bow do I trust,
nor can my sword save me.
7But you have saved us from our foes
and have #See Ps. 35:4put to shame those who hate us.
8 # See Ps. 34:2 In God we have boasted continually,
and we will give thanks to your name forever. Selah
9But you have #ver. 23; Ps. 43:2; 60:1, 10; 74:1; 108:11; See Ps. 89:38-45 rejected us and disgraced us
and #[Judg. 4:14; 2 Sam. 5:24]have not gone out with our armies.
10You have made us #Lev. 26:17; Deut. 28:25; Josh. 7:8, 12turn back from the foe,
and those who hate us have gotten spoil.
11You have made us like #[ver. 22] sheep for slaughter
and have #Ps. 106:27; Lev. 26:33; Deut. 4:27; 28:64; Isa. 52:3; Ezek. 20:23; [John 7:35; 1 Pet. 1:1]scattered us among the nations.
12 # [Deut. 32:30; Judg. 2:14; 3:8; Jer. 15:13] You have sold your people for a trifle,
demanding no high price for them.
13You have made us #Ps. 39:8; 79:4; 89:41; 119:22; [Neh. 2:17] the taunt of our neighbors,
the derision and #[Ps. 80:6]scorn of those around us.
14You have made us #Jer. 24:9; See Job 17:6 a byword among the nations,
# See Job 16:4 a laughingstock#44:14 Hebrew a shaking of the head among the peoples.
15All day long my disgrace is before me,
and #2 Chr. 32:21shame has covered my face
16at the sound of the taunter and reviler,
at the sight of #Ps. 8:2the enemy and the avenger.
17 # Dan. 9:13 All this has come upon us,
though we have not forgotten you,
and we have not been false to your covenant.
18Our heart has not turned back,
nor have our #Ps. 37:31 steps #Ps. 119:51, 157; Job 23:11departed from your way;
19yet you have #Ps. 51:8 broken us in the place of #See Job 30:29 jackals
and covered us with #See Job 3:5the shadow of death.
20If we had forgotten the name of our God
or #Ps. 68:31; Job 11:13 spread out our hands to #See Ps. 81:9a foreign god,
21 # Ps. 139:1; Jer. 17:10 would not God discover this?
# [John 2:25; Heb. 4:13] For he knows the secrets of the heart.
22Yet #ver. 11; Cited Rom. 8:36for your sake we are killed all the day long;
we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.
23 # See Ps. 35:23 Awake! Why are you sleeping, O Lord?
Rouse yourself! #ver. 9Do not reject us forever!
24Why #See Job 13:24do you hide your face?
Why do you forget our affliction and oppression?
25For our #Ps. 119:25soul is bowed down to the dust;
our belly clings to the ground.
26Rise up; #Ps. 63:7 come to our help!
# See Ps. 25:22 Redeem us for the sake of your steadfast love!
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