Our fathers have told us,
What work thou didst in their days,
In the days of old.
But them thou didst plant:
Thou didst afflict the peoples;
But them thou didst spread abroad.
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.
Command deliverance for Jacob.
Through thy name will we tread them under that rise up against us.
Neither shall my sword save me.
And hast put them to shame that hate us.
And we will give thanks unto thy name for ever. Selah
And goest not forth with our hosts.
And they that hate us take spoil for themselves.
And hast scattered us among the nations.
And hast not increased thy wealth by their price.
A scoffing and a derision to them that are round about us.
A shaking of the head among the peoples.
And the shame of my face hath covered me,
By reason of the enemy and the avenger.
Neither have we dealt falsely in thy covenant.
Neither have our steps declined from thy way,
And covered us with the shadow of death.
Or spread forth our hands to a strange god;
For he knoweth the secrets of the heart.
We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
Arise, cast us not off for ever.
And forgettest our affliction and our oppression?
Our body cleaveth unto the earth.
And redeem us for thy lovingkindness’ sake.
About American Standard Version
The ASV has long been regarded by many scholars as the most literal English translation since the King James Version—maybe the most literal translation ever. This has made the translation very popular for careful English Bible study, but not for ease of reading. While the KJV was translated entirely from “western manuscripts,” the ASV 1901 was influenced also by the older “eastern manuscripts” that form the basis for most of our modern English translations. Because the ASV 1901 is very difficult to find in print, Logos is pleased to be able to preserve and distribute this significant work. This is an excellent choice for comparative English study.