1 To the overseer for the sons of Korah: of instruction. O God, with our ears we heard; our fathers recounted to us the work thou didst in their days, in days of old. 2 Thou didst with thy hand drive out the nations and thou wilt plant them; thou wilt pluck in pieces the people, and thou wilt send them forth. 3 For by their sword they possessed not the land, and their arm saved them not: for thy right hand and thine arm, and the light of thy face, for thou didst delight in them.
4 Thou art he my King, O God: command the salvation of Jacob. 5 In thee we will thrust our enemies: in thy name we will tread down those rising up against us. 6 For I will not trust in my bow, and my sword will not serve me. 7 For thou savedst us from our enemies, and those hating us thou didst make ashamed. 8 In God we praised all the day, and thy name we will celebrate forever. Silence.
9 But thou didst reject, and thou wilt shame us, and not go forth with our armies. 10 Thou wilt turn us back from the enemy: and those hating us spoiled for themselves. 11 Thou wilt give us as sheep for food, and thou didst scatter us among the nations. 12 Thou wilt sell thy people without riches, and thou didst not increase by their price. 13 Thou wilt set us a reproach to our neighbors, and a derision and scorn to them round about us. 14 Thou wilt set us a parable among the nations, a shaking of the head among the peoples. 15 All the day my shame before me, and the confusion of my face covered me, 16 From the voice of him reproaching and reviling, from the face of the enemy and avenger.
17 All this came to us, and we did not forget thee, and we lied not in thy covenant 18 Our heart drew not back, and thou wilt not incline our going from thy path; 19 For thou didst crush us in the place of jackals, and thou wilt cover over us with the shadow of death. 20 If we forgat the name of our God, and stretched out our hands to a strange god: 21 Will not God search this out? for he knew the secrets of the heart 22 For, for thee we were killed all the day; we were reckoned as sheep of the slaughter.
23 Awake, why wilt thou sleep, O Jehovah? awake, thou wilt not reject forever. 24 Why wilt thou hide thy face? wilt thou forget our affliction and our oppression? 25 For our soul was bowed down to the dust: our belly was glued to the earth. 26 Arise a help for us, and redeem us for sake of thy mercy.