Present Defeat and Past Deliverance
For the music director. Of the sons of Korah. A maskil.#The Hebrew Bible counts the superscription as the first verse of the psalm; the English verse number is reduced by one
1O God, we have heard with our ears;
our ancestors#Or “fathers” have told us
of work you worked in their days,
in days of old.
2You with your hand drove out the nations,
but them#That is, Israel you planted.
You harmed the peoples,
but them#That is, Israel you let spread out.
3For not with their sword
did they possess the land,
and their arm did not give them victory.
Rather it was your right hand and your arm
and the light of your presence,
because you delighted in them.
4You are my king, O God.
Command#Or “who commands,” see LXX victories for Jacob.
5By you we push down our enemies;
by your name we tread down those who rise up against us.
6For I do not trust my bow,
and my sword cannot give me victory.
7Rather you have saved us from our enemies,#Or “made us victorious over our enemies”
and have humiliated those who hate us.
8In God we boast all the day,
and we will give thanks to your name forever. Selah
9Surely you have rejected and disgraced us,
and have not gone out with our armies.
10You have caused us to pull back from the enemy,
and so those who hate us have plundered for themselves.
11You have given us as sheep for food,
and among the nations you have scattered us.
12You have sold your people cheaply,#Literally “for what is not wealth”
and did not profit by their price.
13You have made us a taunt to our neighbors,
a derision and a scorn to those around us.
14You have made us a byword among the nations,
a shaking of the head among the peoples.
15All day long#Literally “All of the day” my disgrace is before me,
and the shame of my face covers me,
16because of the voice of the taunter and the reviler,
because of the enemy and the avenger.
17All this has befallen us, though we have not forgotten you,
and we have not been false to your covenant.
18Our heart has not turned back,
and our steps have not turned aside from your way.
19But you have crushed us in a place of jackals,
and have covered us with deep shadow.
20If we had forgotten the name of our God,
or had spread out our hands in prayer to a foreign god,
21would not God discover this,
for he knows the secrets of the heart?
22Rather, on account of you we are killed all day long;#Literally “all of the day”
we are accounted as sheep for slaughter.
23Wake up! Why do you sleep, O Lord?
Awake! Do not reject forever.
24Why do you hide your face?
Have you forgotten our misery and our oppression?
25For our soul is bowed down to the dust.
Our body#Literally “belly” clings to the ground.
26Rise up! Be a help for us,
and redeem us for the sake of your loyal love.