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Psalm 44–45

Psalm 44a

For the director of music. Of the Sons of Korah. A maskil.b

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

With your hand you drove outk the nations

and plantedl our ancestors;

you crushedm the peoples

and made our ancestors flourish.n

It was not by their swordo that they won the land,

nor did their arm bring them victory;

it was your right hand,p your arm,q

and the lightr of your face, for you loveds them.

You are my Kingt and my God,u

who decreesc victoriesv for Jacob.

Through you we push backw our enemies;

through your name we tramplex our foes.

I put no trust in my bow,y

my sword does not bring me victory;

but you give us victoryz over our enemies,

you put our adversaries to shame.a

In God we make our boastb all day long,c

and we will praise your name forever.d d

But now you have rejectede and humbled us;f

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.

13 You have made us a reproachm to our neighbors,n

the scorno and derisionp of those around us.

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

16 at the tauntsu of those who reproach and revilev me,

because of the enemy, who is bent on revenge.w

17 All this came upon us,

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.

19 But you crushedz us and made us a haunt for jackals;a

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

21 would not God have discovered it,

since he knows the secrets of the heart?e

22 Yet for your sake we face death all day long;

we are considered as sheepf to be slaughtered.g

23 Awake,h Lord! Why do you sleep?i

Rouse yourself!j Do not reject us forever.k

24 Why do you hide your facel

and forgetm our misery and oppression?n

25 We are brought down to the dust;o

our bodies cling to the ground.

26 Rise upp and help us;

rescueq us because of your unfailing love.r

Psalm 45a

For the director of music. To the tune of “Lilies.” Of the Sons of Korah. A maskil.b A wedding song.s

My heart is stirred by a noble theme

as I recite my verses for the king;

my tongue is the pen of a skillful writer.

You are the most excellent of men

and your lips have been anointed with grace,t

since God has blessed you forever.u

Gird your swordv on your side, you mighty one;w

clothe yourself with splendor and majesty.x

In your majesty ride forth victoriouslyy

in the cause of truth, humility and justice;z

let your right handa achieve awesome deeds.b

Let your sharp arrowsc pierce the heartsd of the king’s enemies;e

let the nations fall beneath your feet.

Your throne, O God,c will last for ever and ever;f

a scepter of justice will be the scepter of your kingdom.

You love righteousnessg and hate wickedness;h

therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions

by anointingi you with the oil of joy.j

All your robes are fragrantk with myrrhl and aloesm and cassia;n

from palaces adorned with ivoryo

the music of the stringsp makes you glad.

Daughters of kingsq are among your honored women;

at your right handr is the royal brides in gold of Ophir.t

10 Listen, daughter,u and pay careful attention:v

Forget your peoplew and your father’s house.

11 Let the king be enthralled by your beauty;x

honory him, for he is your lord.z

12 The city of Tyrea will come with a gift,d b

people of wealth will seek your favor.

13 All gloriousc is the princess within her chamber;

her gown is interwoven with gold.d

14 In embroidered garmentse she is led to the king;f

her virgin companionsg follow her—

those brought to be with her.

15 Led in with joy and gladness,h

they enter the palace of the king.

16 Your sons will take the place of your fathers;

you will make them princesi throughout the land.

17 I will perpetuate your memory through all generations;j

therefore the nations will praise youk for ever and ever.l

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In Hebrew texts 44:1–26 is numbered 44:2–27.

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Title: Probably a literary or musical term

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Septuagint, Aquila and Syriac; Hebrew King, O God; / command

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In Hebrew texts 45:1–17 is numbered 45:2–18.

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Here the king is addressed as God’s representative.

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