1 We have heard with our ears, O God: our

fathers have told us the works that thou hast done

in their days, in the old time:

2 How thou hast driven out the heathen with

thine hand, and planted them: how thou hast destroyed

the people, and caused them to grow.

3 For they inherited not the land 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 didst favor them.

4 Thou art my king, O God: send help unto


5 Through thee have we thrust back our adversaries:

by thy Name have we trodden down them

that rose up against us.

6 For I do not trust in my bow, neither can my

sword save me.

7 But thou hast saved us from our adversaries,

and hast put them to confusion that hate us.

8 Therefore will we praise God continually, and

will confess thy Name forever. Selah.

9 But now thou art far off, and puttest us to

confusion, and goest not forth with our armies.

10 Thou makest us to turn back from the adversary,

and they which hate us, spoil for themselves.

11 Thou givest us as sheep to be eaten, and dost

scatter us among the nations.

12 Thou sellest thy people without gain, and dost

not increase their price.

13 Thou makest us a reproach to our neighbors,

a jest and laughing stock to them that are round

about us.

14 Thou makest us a proverb among the nations,

and a nodding of the head among the people.

15 My confusion is daily before me, and the shame

of my face hath covered me,

16 For the voice of the slanderer and rebuker, for

the enemy and avenger.

17 All this is come upon us, yet do we not forget thee,

neither deal we falsely concerning thy covenant.

18 Our heart is not turned back: neither our steps

gone out of thy paths,

19 Albeit thou hast smitten us down into the

place of dragons, and covered us with the shadow

of death.

20 If we have forgotten the Name of our God,

and held up our hands to a strange god,

21 Shall not God search this out? for he knoweth

the secrets of the heart.

22 Surely for thy sake are we slain continually,

and are counted as sheep for the slaughter.

23 Up, why sleepest thou, O Lord? awake, be not

far off forever.

24 Wherefore hidest thou thy face? and forgettest

our misery and our affliction?

25 For our soul is beaten down unto the dust:

our belly cleaveth to the ground.

26 Rise up for our succor, and redeem us for thy

mercy’s sake.

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