Psalms 44 Notes, Meaning, and Commentary

Psalms 44


Psalms 44:1

We have heard with our ears, O God, Our fathers have told us, What work thou didst in their days, In the days of old.

Psalms 44:2

Thou didst drive out the nations with thy hand; But them thou didst plant: Thou didst afflict the peoples; But them thou didst spread abroad.

Psalms 44:3

For 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 wast favorable unto them.

Psalms 44:4

Thou art my King, O God: Command deliverance for Jacob.

Psalms 44:5

Through thee will we push down our adversaries: Through thy name will we tread them under that rise up against us.

Psalms 44:6

For I will not trust in my bow, Neither shall my sword save me.

Psalms 44:7

But thou hast saved us from our adversaries, And hast put them to shame that hate us.

Psalms 44:8

In God have we made our boast all the day long, And we will give thanks unto thy name for ever. [Selah

Psalms 44:9

But now thou hast cast [us] off, and brought us to dishonor, And goest not forth with our hosts.

Psalms 44:10

Thou makest us to turn back from the adversary; And they that hate us take spoil for themselves.

Psalms 44:11

Thou hast made us like sheep [appointed] for food, And hast scattered us among the nations.

Psalms 44:12

Thou sellest thy people for nought, And hast not increased [thy wealth] by their price.

Psalms 44:13

Thou makest us a reproach to our neighbors, A scoffing and a derision to them that are round about us.

Psalms 44:14

Thou makest us a byword among the nations, A shaking of the head among the peoples.

Psalms 44:15

All the day long is my dishonor before me, And the shame of my face hath covered me,

Psalms 44:16

For the voice of him that reproacheth and blasphemeth, By reason of the enemy and the avenger.

Psalms 44:17

All this is come upon us; Yet have we not forgotten thee, Neither have we dealt falsely in thy covenant.

Psalms 44:18

Our heart is not turned back, Neither have our steps declined from thy way,

Psalms 44:19

That thou hast sore broken us in the place of jackals, And covered us with the shadow of death.

Psalms 44:20

If we have forgotten the name of our God, Or spread forth our hands to a strange god;

Psalms 44:21

Will not God search this out? For he knoweth the secrets of the heart.

Psalms 44:22

Yea, for thy sake are we killed all the day long; We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.

Psalms 44:23

Awake, why sleepest thou, O Lord? Arise, cast [us] not off for ever.

Psalms 44:24

Wherefore hidest thou thy face, And forgettest our affliction and our oppression?

Psalms 44:25

For our soul is bowed down to the dust: Our body cleaveth unto the earth.

Psalms 44:26

Rise up for our help, And redeem us for thy lovingkindness’ sake.

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