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Psalm 44

Former Times of Help and Present Troubles.

To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of the sons of Korah. A skillful song, or a didactic or reflective poem.

1We have heard with our ears, O God,
Our fathers have told us
The work You did in their days,
In the days of old.

You drove out the [pagan] nations with Your own hand;
Then you planted and established them (Israel);
[It was by Your power that] You uprooted the [pagan] peoples,
Then You spread them abroad.

For our fathers did not possess the land [of Canaan] by their own sword,
Nor did their own arm save them,
But Your right hand and Your arm and the light of Your presence,
Because You favored and delighted in them.


You are my King, O God;
Command victories and deliverance for Jacob (Israel).

Through You we will gore our enemies [like a bull];
Through Your name we will trample down those who rise up against us.

For I will not trust in my bow,
Nor will my sword save me.

But You have saved us from our enemies,
And You have put them to shame and humiliated those who hate us.

In God we have boasted all the day long,
And we will praise and give thanks to Your name forever. Selah.


But now You have rejected us and brought us to dishonor,
And You do not go out with our armies [to lead us to victory].
10 
You make us turn back from the enemy,
And those who hate us have taken spoil for themselves.
11 
You have made us like sheep to be eaten [as mutton]
And have scattered us [in exile] among the nations.
12 
You sell Your people cheaply,
And have not increased Your wealth by their sale.
13 
You have made us the reproach and taunt of our neighbors,
A scoffing and a derision to those around us.
14 
You make us a byword among the nations,
A [a]laughingstock among the people.
15 
My dishonor is before me all day long,
And humiliation has covered my face,
16 
Because of the voice of the taunter and reviler,
Because of the presence of the enemy and the avenger.

17 
All this has come upon us, yet we have not forgotten You,
Nor have we been false to Your covenant [which You made with our fathers].
18 
Our heart has not turned back,
Nor have our steps wandered from Your path,
19 
Yet You have [distressingly] crushed us in the place of jackals
And covered us with [the deep darkness of] the shadow of death.

20 
If we had forgotten the name of our God
Or stretched out our hands to a strange god,
21 
Would not God discover this?
For He knows the secrets of the heart.
22 
[b]But for Your sake we are killed all the day long;
We are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.
23 
Awake! Why do You sleep, O Lord?
Awaken, do not reject us forever.
24 
Why do You hide Your face
And forget our affliction and our oppression?
25 
For our life has melted away into the dust;
Our body clings to the ground.
26 
Rise up! Come be our help,
And ransom us for the sake of Your steadfast love.

Notas al pie

  1. Psalm 44:14 Lit shaking of the head.
  2. Psalm 44:22 The ancient rabbis applied this verse to Israel under persecution, especially to those who suffered under the reign of Hadrian following the Bar Cochba revolt (a.d. 132-135). One rabbi said that he was ready to die for God provided that he be killed immediately, because he could not endure the tortures of what was called “the great persecution.” The tortures included placing red-hot iron discs under the victim’s armpits or sticking needles under the nails until the victim died from the pain (shock).

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Salme 44

Bøn efter et nederlag i krigen

1Til korlederen: En visdomssang af Koras slægt.

Gud, vi har hørt om de mange undere,
    du gjorde for vore forfædre i gamle dage.
Du drev Kanaʼans folk bort
    og lod dit folk bosætte sig i deres land.
De indtog ikke landet i egen kraft,
    men du var med dem og hjalp dem.
Du er vor Konge og Gud.
    Giv fortsat sejr til dit folk.
Med din hjælp får vi fjenderne under fod,
    i dit navn besejrer vi vore modstandere.
Vi stoler ikke på bue og sværd,
    for det er dig, der giver os sejr over fjenderne.
Vi er stolte af at tilhøre dig, Gud,
    vi vil prise dit navn for evigt.

10 Hvordan kan det så være, at vi tabte slaget?
    Hvorfor var du ikke med os i krigen?
        Hvorfor har du forkastet os?
11 Du tillod fjenden at drive os på flugt.
    De plyndrede hele vores hær.
12 Du udleverede os som får, der skal slagtes.
    Du spredte os rundt blandt fremmede folk.
13 Du solgte os for en slik,
    regnede os ikke for noget.
14 Vi blev til grin for nabofolkene,
    de spotter og håner os.
15 Selv fjerne folkeslag ler ad os
    og ser på os med foragt.
16 Vi føler os totalt ydmyget,
    overvældet af skam.
17 Vore fjender ser ned på os
    og udslynger hån og spot.
18 Hvordan kunne det ske, Gud?
Vi har da ikke svigtet dig
    eller overtrådt den pagt, du oprettede med os.
19 Vi har ikke været utro imod dig,
    men har adlydt de bud, du gav os.
20 Og dog blev vores by lagt i ruiner,
    du sendte mørke og død over os.
21 Hvis vi var holdt op med at tilbede dig, Gud,
    og havde dyrket afguder i stedet,
22 ville du da ikke vide besked?
    Du kender jo vore inderste tanker.
23 Men på trods af, at vi tilhører dig,
    er vi i livsfare hver eneste dag.
        Vi er som får, der er på vej til slagtning.
24 Vågn op, Herre, hvorfor sover du?
    Rejs dig, forkast os ikke længere!
25 Hvorfor ser du den anden vej
    og ignorerer vores nød og sorg?
26 Vi ligger med ansigtet i støvet,
    vore kroppe klæber til jorden.
27 Grib ind, Herre, kom os til hjælp!
    Red os i din trofasthed og nåde.