OLD 44TH | Bible Passage
Melody from Anglo-Genevan Psalter, 1556
1 O GOD, we with our ears have heard,
Our fathers have us told,
The work that in their days thou didst
Even in the days of old.
2 Thy hand did drive the heathen out,
And plant them in their place;
The nations all thou didst afflict,
But them thou didst increase.
3 For neither got their sword the land,
Nor did their arm them save;
But thy right hand, arm, countenance;
For God them favour gave.
4 Thou art my King: for Jacob, Lord,
5 Through thee we shall push down our foes,
That do against us stand:
We, through thy name, shall tread down those
That risen against us have.
6 For in my bow I shall not trust,
Nor shall my sword me save.
7 But from our foes thou hast us saved,
Our haters put to shame.
8 In God we all the day do boast,
And ever praise thy name.
9 But now we are cast off by thee;
Thou puttest us to shame;
And when our armies forth do go,
Thou goest not with them.
10 Thou mak'st us from the enemy
To turn back in dismay;
And they, who hate us, for themselves
Our spoils do take away.
11 Like sheep for meat thou gavest us,
'Mong heathen cast we be.
12 Thou didst for nought thy people sell;
Their price enriched not thee.
13 Unto our neighbours a reproach
We have been made by thee;
Derision and a scorn to those
That round about us be.
14 A by-word also thou dost us
Among the heathen make;
The people, in contempt and spite,
At us their heads do shake.
15 Before me my confusion doth
And of my countenance the shame
Doth wholly cover me.
16 For voice of him that doth reproach,
And speaketh blasphemy;
Because of the avenging foe,
And cruel enemy.
17 All this is come on us, yet we
Have not forgotten thee;
Nor falsely in thy covenant
Behaved ourselves have we.
18 Back from thy way turned not our hearts,
From thee we have not strayed;
19 Though crushed by thee in dragons' haunts,
And covered with death's shade.
20 If we God's name forgot, or stretched
To a strange god our hands,
21 Shall not God search this out? for he
Heart's secrets understands.
22 Yea, for thy sake we're killed all day,
Counted as slaughter-sheep.
23 Rise, Lord, cast us not ever off;
Awake, why dost thou sleep?
24 O wherefore hidest thou thy face?
Forgett'st our cause distressed,
25 And our oppression?
For our soul Down to the dust is pressed:
Our body also on the earth
Fast cleaving hold doth take.
26 Rise for our help, and us redeem,
Even for thy mercies' sake.
1 ¬∂ We have heard with our ears, O God, our fathers have told us, what work thou didst in their days, in the times of old.
2 How thou didst drive out the heathen with thy hand, and plantedst them; how thou didst afflict the people, and cast them out.
3 For they got 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.
4 Thou art my King, O God: command deliverances for Jacob.
5 Through thee will we push down our enemies: through thy name will we tread them under that rise up against us.
6 For I will not trust in my bow, neither shall my sword save me.
7 But thou hast saved us from our enemies, and hast put them to shame that hated us.
8 In God we boast all the day long, and praise thy name for ever. Selah.
9 ¬∂ But thou hast cast off, and put us to shame; and goest not forth with our armies.
10 Thou makest us to turn back from the enemy: and they which hate us spoil for themselves.
11 Thou hast given us like sheep appointed for meat; and hast scattered us among the heathen.
12 Thou sellest thy people for nought, and dost not increase thy wealth by their price.
13 Thou makest us a reproach to our neighbours, a scorn and a derision to them that are round about us.
14 Thou makest us a byword among the heathen, a shaking of the head among the people.
15 My confusion is continually before me, and the shame of my face hath covered me,
16 For the voice of him that reproacheth and blasphemeth; by reason of the enemy and avenger.
17 ¬∂ All this is come upon us; yet have we not forgotten thee, neither have we dealt falsely in thy covenant.
18 Our heart is not turned back, neither have our steps declined from thy way;
19 Though thou hast sore broken us in the place of dragons, and covered us with the shadow of death.
20 If we have forgotten the name of our God, or stretched out our hands to a strange god;
21 Shall not God search this out? for he knoweth the secrets of the heart.
22 Yea, for thy sake are we killed all the day long; we are counted as sheep for the slaughter.
23 Awake, why sleepest thou, O Lord? arise, cast us not off for ever.
24 Wherefore hidest thou thy face, and forgettest our affliction and our oppression?
25 For our soul is bowed down to the dust: our belly cleaveth unto the earth.
26 Arise for our help, and redeem us for thy mercies' sake.