Israel’s Complaint
For the choir director. A Maskil of the sons of Korah.
1God, we have heard with our ears —
our ancestors have told us —
the work You accomplished in their days,
in days long ago: #Dt 32:7Ps 78:3
2to plant them,
You drove out the nations with Your hand;
to settle them,
You crushed the peoples. #2Sm 7:10Ps 78:55|NoBook| 80:8
3For they did not take the land by their sword —
their arm did not bring them victory —
but by Your right hand, Your arm,
and the light of Your face,
for You were pleased with them. #Dt 7:7-8Ps 77:15Hs 1:7
4You are my King, my God,
who ordains # LXX, Syr, Aq; MT reads King, God; ordain victories for Jacob. #Ps 42:8|NoBook| 74:12
5Through You we drive back our foes;
through Your name we trample our enemies. #Ps 60:12|NoBook| 108:13Zch 10:5
6For I do not trust in my bow,
and my sword does not bring me victory. #1Sm 17:47Ps 33:16
7But You give us victory over our foes
and let those who hate us be disgraced. #Ps 35:4|NoBook| 53:5
8We boast in God all day long;
we will praise Your name forever. #Ps 30:12|NoBook| 34:2Selah
9But You have rejected and humiliated us;
You do not march out with our armies. #Ps 60:1|NoBook| 74:1|NoBook| 108:11
10You make us retreat from the foe,
and those who hate us
have taken plunder for themselves. #Lv 26:17Dt 28:25Jos 7:8
11You hand us over to be eaten like sheep
and scatter us among the nations. #Lv 26:33Dt 4:27|NoBook| 28:64Ps 106:27
12You sell Your people for nothing;
You make no profit from selling them. #Dt 32:30Jdg 2:14|NoBook| 3:8Is 52:3-4
13You make us an object of reproach to our neighbors,
a source of mockery and ridicule to those around us. #Dt 28:37Ps 79:4
14You make us a joke among the nations,
a laughingstock # Lit shaking of the head among the peoples. #Jb 17:6Ps 109:25Jr 24:9
15My disgrace is before me all day long,
and shame has covered my face, #2Ch 32:21Ps 69:7
16because of the voice of the scorner and reviler,
because of the enemy and avenger. #Ps 8:2|NoBook| 74:10
17All this has happened to us,
but we have not forgotten You
or betrayed Your covenant. #Ps 119:61
18Our hearts have not turned back;
our steps have not strayed from Your path. #Jb 23:11Ps 37:31|NoBook| 119:51
19But You have crushed us in a haunt of jackals
and have covered us with deepest darkness. #Jb 30:29Jr 9:11
20If we had forgotten the name of our God
and spread out our hands to a foreign god, #Dt 6:14Jb 11:13
21wouldn’t God have found this out,
since He knows the secrets of the heart? #Ps 139:1-2Jr 17:10Heb 4:13
22Because of You we are slain all day long;
we are counted as sheep to be slaughtered. #Is 53:7Jr 12:3Rm 8:36
23Wake up, Lord! Why are You sleeping?
Get up! Don’t reject us forever! #Ps 7:6|NoBook| 35:23|NoBook| 78:65
24Why do You hide Yourself
and forget our affliction and oppression? #Jb 13:24Ps 88:14
25For we have sunk down to the dust;
our bodies cling to the ground. #Ps 119:25
26Rise up! Help us!
Redeem us because of Your faithful love. #Ps 25:22
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