1 We have heard with our ears, O God, our fathers have told us*
what you did in the days of old:
2 How you drove out the nations with your hand, and planted our fathers in the land;*
how you destroyed the nations and cast them out.
3 For they did not possess the land by their own sword,*
neither was it their own arm that helped them,
4 But by your right hand, and your arm, and the light of your countenance, *
because you favored them.
5 You are my King, O God;*
you send help to Jacob.
6 Through you we will overthrow our enemies,*
and in your Name will we tread down those who rise up against us.
7 For I will not trust in my bow;*
it is not my sword that shall help me;
8 But you save us from our enemies*
and put to shame those who hate us.
9 We make our boast in God all day long*
and will praise your Name for ever.
10 But now you have cast us off and put us to shame,*
and you do not go forth with our armies.
11 You make us turn our backs upon our enemies,*
so that those who hate us plunder our goods.
12 You let us be eaten up like sheep*
and have scattered us among the nations.
13 You sell your people for nothing*
and take no money for them.
14 You make us the reproach of our neighbors,*
to be laughed to scorn, and held in derision by those who are round about us.
15 You make us a byword among the nations,*
so that the peoples shake their heads at us.
16 My disgrace is daily before me,*
and the shame of my face has covered me,
17 Because of the voice of the slanderer and blasphemer,*
because of the enemy and avenger.
18 And though all this has come upon us, yet we do not forget you,*
nor have we been unfaithful to your covenant.
19 Our heart has not turned back,*
nor have our steps departed from your way,
20 Though you have crushed us in the haunt of jackals,*
and covered us with the shadow of death.
21 If we have forgotten the Name of our God, and held up our hands to any strange god,*
shall not God search it out? For he knows the very secrets of the heart.
22 For your sake we are killed all the day long,*
and are counted as sheep appointed to be slain.
23 Rise up, O Lord! Why are you sleeping?*
Awake, and cast us not away for ever.
24 Why do you hide your face*
and forget our misery and trouble?
25 For our soul is brought low, even to the dust;*
our belly cleaves to the ground.
26 Arise, O Lord, and help us,*
and deliver us for your mercy's sake.
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