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For the director of music. Of the Sons of Korah. A maskil.b
1 We have heard it with our ears,h O God;
our ancestors have told usi
what you did in their days,
in days long ago.j
2 With your hand you drove outk the nations
and plantedl our ancestors;
you crushedm the peoples
and made our ancestors flourish.n
3 It was not by their swordo that they won the land,
nor did their arm bring them victory;
5 Through you we push backw our enemies;
through your name we tramplex our foes.
6 I put no trust in my bow,y
my sword does not bring me victory;
7 but you give us victoryz over our enemies,
you put our adversaries to shame.a
you no longer go out with our armies.g
10 You made us retreath before the enemy,
and our adversaries have plunderedi us.
11 You gave us up to be devoured like sheepj
and have scattered us among the nations.k
12 You sold your people for a pittance,l
gaining nothing from their sale.
14 You have made us a bywordq among the nations;
the peoples shake their headsr at us.
15 I live in disgraces all day long,
and my face is covered with shamet
because of the enemy, who is bent on revenge.w
though we had not forgottenx you;
we had not been false to your covenant.
18 Our hearts had not turnedy back;
our feet had not strayed from your path.
you covered us over with deep darkness.b
20 If we had forgottenc the name of our God
or spread out our hands to a foreign god,d
since he knows the secrets of the heart?e
24 Why do you hide your facel
25 We are brought down to the dust;o
our bodies cling to the ground.
26 Rise upp and help us;
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