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Psalms 44

The Church, in memory of former favours,

Psalms 44:1 {For the Chief Musician; [a Psalm] of the sons of Korah. Maschil.} 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, and plantedst them in; thou didst afflict the peoples, and didst spread them 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 hadst a favour 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.

complaineth of her present evils.

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 dishonour; and goest not forth with our hosts. Psalms 44:10 Thou makest us to turn back from the adversary: and they which hate us spoil for themselves. Psalms 44:11 Thou hast given us like sheep [appointed] for meat; 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 neighbours, a scorn 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 dishonour 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.

Professing her integrity,

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 Shall 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 counted as sheep for the slaughter. Psalms 44:23 Awake, why sleepest thou, O Lord? arise, cast [us] not off for ever.

she fervently prayeth for succour.

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 belly cleaveth unto the earth. Psalms 44:26 Rise up for our help, and redeem us for thy lovingkindness' sake.

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