1For the leader. By the descendants of Korach. A maskil:
2God, we heard it with our ears;
our fathers told us about it —
a deed which you did in their days,
back in days of old.
3With your hand you drove out nations
to plant them in [the land],
you crushed peoples
to make room for them.
4For not by their own swords
did they conquer the land,
nor did their own arm
give them victory;
rather, it was your right hand,
your arm and the light of your face;
because you favored them.
5God, you are my king;
command complete victory for Ya‘akov.
6Through you we pushed away our foes,
through your name we trampled down our assailants.
7For I don’t rely on my bow,
nor can my sword give me victory.
8No, you saved us from our adversaries;
you put to shame those who hate us.
9We will boast in our God all day
and give thanks to your name forever. (Selah)
10Yet now you have thrust us aside and disgraced us;
you don’t march out with our armies.
11You make us retreat from the adversary,
and those who hate us plunder us at will.
12You have handed us over like sheep to be eaten
and scattered us among the nations.
13You sell your people for a pittance,
you don’t even profit on the sale.
14You make us an object for our neighbors to mock,
one of scorn and derision to those around us.
15You make us a byword among the nations;
the peoples jeer at us, shaking their heads.
16All day long my disgrace is on my mind,
and shame has covered my face
17at the sound of those who revile and insult,
at the sight of the enemy bent on revenge.
18Though all this came on us, we did not forget you;
we have not been false to your covenant;
19Our hearts have not turned back,
and our steps did not turn away from your path,
20though you pressed us into a lair of jackals
and covered us with death-dark gloom.
21If we had forgotten the name of our God
or spread out our hands to a foreign god,
22wouldn’t God have discovered this,
since he knows the secrets of the heart?
23For your sake we are put to death all day long,
we are considered sheep to be slaughtered.
24Wake up, Adonai! Why are you asleep?
Rouse yourself! Don’t thrust us off forever.
25Why are you turning your face away,
forgetting our pain and misery?
26For we are lying flat in the dust,
our bodies cling to the ground.
27Get up, and come to help us!
For the sake of your grace, redeem us!