For the Chief Musician; a Psalm of the sons of Korah. Maschil.
1We have heard with our ears, O God, our fathers have told us, what work thou didst in their days, in the days of old. 2Thou didst drive out the nations with thy hand, and plantedst them in; thou didst afflict the peoples, and didst spread them abroad. 3For they gat not the land in possession by their own sword, neither did their own arm save them: but thy right hand, and thine arm, and the light of thy countenance, because thou hadst a favour unto them. 4Thou art my King, O God: command deliverance for Jacob. 5Through thee will we push down our adversaries: through thy 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 thou hast saved us from our adversaries, and hast put them to shame that hate us. 8In God have we made our boast all the day long, and we will give thanks unto thy name for ever. Selah 9But now thou hast cast us off, and brought us to dishonour; and goest not forth with our hosts. 10Thou makest us to turn back from the adversary: and they which hate us spoil for themselves. 11Thou hast given us like sheep appointed for meat; and hast scattered us among the nations. 12Thou sellest thy people for nought, and hast not increased thy wealth by their price. 13Thou makest us a reproach to our neighbours, a scorn and a derision to them that are round about us. 14Thou makest us a byword among the nations, a shaking of the head among the peoples. 15All the day long is my dishonour before me, and the shame of my face hath covered me, 16For the voice of him that reproacheth and blasphemeth; by reason of the enemy and the avenger. 17All this is come upon us; yet have we not forgotten thee, neither have we dealt falsely in thy covenant. 18Our heart is not turned back, neither have our steps declined from thy way; 19That thou hast sore broken us in the place of jackals, and covered us with the shadow of death. 20If we have forgotten the name of our God, or spread forth our hands to a strange god; 21Shall not God search this out? for he knoweth the secrets of the heart. 22Yea, for thy sake are we killed all the day long; we are counted as sheep for the slaughter. 23Awake, why sleepest thou, O Lord? arise, cast us not off for ever. 24Wherefore hidest thou thy face, and forgettest our affliction and our oppression? 25For our soul is bowed down to the dust: our belly cleaveth unto the earth. 26Rise up for our help, and redeem us for thy lovingkindness' sake.