New American Standard Bible

Psalm 44

Former Deliverances and Present Troubles.

For the choir director. A [a]Maskil of the sons of Korah.

1O God, we have heard with our ears,
Our fathers have told us
The work that You did in their days,
In the days of old.
You with Your own hand drove out the nations;
Then You planted them;
You afflicted the peoples,
Then You spread them abroad.
For by their own sword they did not possess the land,
And their own arm did not save them,
But Your right hand and Your arm and the light of Your presence,
For You favored them.

You are my King, O God;
Command [b]victories for Jacob.
Through You we will push back our adversaries;
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 adversaries,
And You have put to shame those who hate us.
In God we have boasted all day long,
And we will give thanks to Your name forever. [c]Selah.

Yet You have rejected us and brought us to dishonor,
And do not go out with our armies.
10 You cause us to turn back from the adversary;
And those who hate us have taken spoil for themselves.
11 You give us as sheep [d]to be eaten
And have scattered us among the nations.
12 You sell Your people [e]cheaply,
And have not [f]profited by their sale.
13 You make us a reproach to our neighbors,
A scoffing and a derision to those around us.
14 You make us a byword among the nations,
A [g]laughingstock among the peoples.
15 All day long my dishonor is before me
And [h]my humiliation has overwhelmed me,
16 Because of the voice of him who reproaches and reviles,
Because of the presence of the enemy and the avenger.

17 All this has come upon us, but we have not forgotten You,
And we have not dealt falsely with Your covenant.
18 Our heart has not turned back,
And our steps have not deviated from Your way,
19 Yet You have crushed us in a place of jackals
And covered us with the shadow of death.

20 If we had forgotten the name of our God
Or extended our [i]hands to a strange god,
21 Would not God find this out?
For He knows the secrets of the heart.
22 But for Your sake we are killed all day long;
We are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.
23 Arouse Yourself, why do You sleep, O Lord?
Awake, do not reject us forever.
24 Why do You hide Your face
And forget our affliction and our oppression?
25 For our soul has sunk down into the dust;
Our body cleaves to the earth.
26 Rise up, be our help,
And redeem us for the sake of Your lovingkindness.

Notas al pie

  1. Psalm 44:1 Possibly Contemplative, or Didactic, or Skillful Psalm
  2. Psalm 44:4 Lit salvation
  3. Psalm 44:8 Selah may mean: Pause, Crescendo or Musical interlude
  4. Psalm 44:11 Lit for food
  5. Psalm 44:12 Lit for no wealth
  6. Psalm 44:12 Or set a high price on them
  7. Psalm 44:14 Lit shaking of the head
  8. Psalm 44:15 Lit the shame of my face has covered me
  9. Psalm 44:20 Lit palms

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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.