Psalm 44

Come to Our Help

To the choirmaster. A Maskil 1 of the Sons of Korah.

O God, we have heard with our ears,
d our fathers have told us,
what deeds you performed in their days,
e in the days of old:
2 you with your own hand f drove out the nations,
but g them you planted;
you afflicted the peoples,
but h them you set free;
3 for not i by their own sword did they win the land,
nor did their own arm save them,
but your right hand and your arm,
and j the light of your face,
k for you delighted in them.

4 l You are my King, O God;
m ordain salvation for Jacob!
5 Through you we n push down our foes;
through your name we o tread down those who rise up against us.
6 For not in p my bow do I trust,
nor can my sword save me.
7 But you have saved us from our foes
and have q put to shame those who hate us.
8 r In God we have boasted continually,
and we will give thanks to your name forever. Selah

9 But you have s rejected us and disgraced us
and t have not gone out with our armies.
10 You have made us u turn back from the foe,
and those who hate us have gotten spoil.
11 You have made us like v sheep for slaughter
and have w scattered us among the nations.
12 x You have sold your people for a trifle,
demanding no high price for them.
13 You have made us y the taunt of our neighbors,
the derision and z scorn of those around us.
14 You have made us a a byword among the nations,
b a laughingstock 2 among the peoples.
15 All day long my disgrace is before me,
and c shame has covered my face
16 at the sound of the taunter and reviler,
at the sight of d the enemy and the avenger.

17 e All this has come upon us,
though we have not forgotten you,
and we have not been false to your covenant.
18 Our heart has not turned back,
nor have our f steps g departed from your way;
19 yet you have h broken us in the place of i jackals
and covered us with j the shadow of death.
20 If we had forgotten the name of our God
or k spread out our hands to l a foreign god,
21 m would not God discover this?
n For he knows the secrets of the heart.
22 Yet o for your sake we are killed all the day long;
we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.

23 p Awake! Why are you sleeping, O Lord?
Rouse yourself! q Do not reject us forever!
24 Why r do you hide your face?
Why do you forget our affliction and oppression?
25 For our s soul is bowed down to the dust;
our belly clings to the ground.
26 Rise up; t come to our help!
u Redeem us for the sake of your steadfast love!

  1. Cross References
    Psalms 42:1
    Book Two As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God.
  2. Cross References
    Psalms 78:3
    Things that we have heard and known, that our f...
    Exodus 10:2
    And that you may tell in the hearing of your so...
    Exodus 12:26 - 27
    And when your children say to you, 'What do you...
    Exodus 13:8
    You shall tell your son on that day, 'It is bec...
    Exodus 13:14 - 15
    And when in time to come your son asks you, 'Wh...
    Judges 6:13
    And Gideon said to him, "Please, sir, if the Lo...
    Deuteronomy 6:20 - 23
    "When your son asks you in time to come, 'What ...
  3. Cross References
    Psalms 77:5
    I consider the days of old, the years long ago.
  4. Cross References
    Psalms 78:55
    He drove out nations before them; he apportioned them for a possession and settled the tribes of Israel in their tents.
    Psalms 80:8
    You brought a vine out of Egypt; you drove out the nations and planted it.
    Joshua 3:10
    And Joshua said, "Here is how you shall know that the living God is among you and that he will without fail drive out from before you the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Hivites, the Perizzites, the Girgashites, the Amorites, and the Jebusites.
  5. Cross References
    Exodus 15:17
    You will bring them in and plant them on your own mountain, the place, O Lord, which you have made for your abode, the sanctuary, O Lord, which your hands have established.
    2 Samuel 7:10
    And I will appoint a place for my people Israel and will plant them, so that they may dwell in their own place and be disturbed no more. And violent men shall afflict them no more, as formerly.
  6. Cross References
    Psalms 80:9 - 11
    You cleared the ground for it; it took deep root and filled the land.
    Jeremiah 17:8
    He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.
  7. Cross References
    Joshua 24:12
    And I sent the hornet before you, which drove them out before you, the two kings of the Amorites; it was not by your sword or by your bow.
    Hosea 1:7
    But I will have mercy on the house of Judah, and I will save them by the Lord their God. I will not save them by bow or by sword or by war or by horses or by horsemen.
  8. Cross References
    Psalms 4:6
    There are many who say, "Who will show us some good? Lift up the light of your face upon us, O Lord!
  9. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 4:37
    And because he loved your fathers and chose their offspring after them and brought you out of Egypt with his own presence, by his great power.
    Deuteronomy 7:7 - 8
    It was not because you were more in number than any other people that the Lord set his love on you and chose you, for you were the fewest of all peoples.
    Deuteronomy 10:15
    Yet the Lord set his heart in love on your fathers and chose their offspring after them, you above all peoples, as you are this day.
  10. Cross References
    Psalms 74:12
    Yet God my King is from of old, working salvation in the midst of the earth.
  11. Cross References
    Psalms 42:8
    By day the Lord commands his steadfast love, and at night his song is with me, a prayer to the God of my life.
  12. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 33:17
    A firstborn bull - he has majesty, and his horns are the horns of a wild ox; with them he shall gore the peoples, all of them, to the ends of the earth; they are the ten thousands of Ephraim, and they are the thousands of Manasseh.
    Daniel 8:4
    I saw the ram charging westward and northward and southward. No beast could stand before him, and there was no one who could rescue from his power. He did as he pleased and became great.
  13. Cross References
    Psalms 60:12
    With God we shall do valiantly; it is he who will tread down our foes.
  14. Cross References
    Psalms 33:16
    The king is not saved by his great army; a warrior is not delivered by his great strength.
    1 Samuel 17:47
    And that all this assembly may know that the Lord saves not with sword and spear. For the battle is the Lord 's, and he will give you into our hand.
  15. Cross References
    Psalms 35:4
    Let them be put to shame and dishonor who seek after my life! Let them be turned back and disappointed who devise evil against me!
  16. Cross References
    Psalms 34:2
    My soul makes its boast in the Lord ; let the humble hear and be glad.
  17. Cross References
    Psalms 44:23
    Awake! Why are you sleeping, O Lord? Rouse your...
    Psalms 43:2
    For you are the God in whom I take refuge; why ...
    Psalms 60:1
    O God, you have rejected us, broken our defense...
    Psalms 60:10
    Have you not rejected us, O God? You do not go ...
    Psalms 74:1
    O God, why do you cast us off forever? Why does...
    Psalms 108:11
    Have you not rejected us, O God? You do not go ...
    Psalms 89:38 - 45
    But now you have cast off and rejected; you are...
  18. Cross References
    Judges 4:14
    And Deborah said to Barak, "Up! For this is the day in which the Lord has given Sisera into your hand. Does not the Lord go out before you?" So Barak went down from Mount Tabor with 10,000 men following him.
    2 Samuel 5:24
    And when you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the balsam trees, then rouse yourself, for then the Lord has gone out before you to strike down the army of the Philistines.
  19. Cross References
    Leviticus 26:17
    I will set my face against you, and you shall be struck down before your enemies. Those who hate you shall rule over you, and you shall flee when none pursues you.
    Deuteronomy 28:25
    The Lord will cause you to be defeated before your enemies. You shall go out one way against them and flee seven ways before them. And you shall be a horror to all the kingdoms of the earth.
    Joshua 7:8
    O Lord, what can I say, when Israel has turned their backs before their enemies!
    Joshua 7:12
    Therefore the people of Israel cannot stand before their enemies. They turn their backs before their enemies, because they have become devoted for destruction. I will be with you no more, unless you destroy the devoted things from among you.
  20. Cross References
    Psalms 44:22
    Yet for your sake we are killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.
  21. Cross References
    Psalms 106:27
    And would make their offspring fall among the n...
    Leviticus 26:33
    And I will scatter you among the nations, and I...
    Deuteronomy 4:27
    And the Lord will scatter you among the peoples...
    Deuteronomy 28:64
    And the Lord will scatter you among all peoples...
    Isaiah 52:3
    For thus says the Lord : "You were sold for not...
    Ezekiel 20:23
    Moreover, I swore to them in the wilderness tha...
    John 7:35
    The Jews said to one another, "Where does this ...
    1 Peter 1:1
    Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who...
  22. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 32:30
    How could one have chased a thousand, and two have put ten thousand to flight, unless their Rock had sold them, and the Lord had given them up?
    Judges 2:14
    So the anger of the Lord was kindled against Israel, and he gave them over to plunderers, who plundered them. And he sold them into the hand of their surrounding enemies, so that they could no longer withstand their enemies.
    Judges 3:8
    Therefore the anger of the Lord was kindled against Israel, and he sold them into the hand of Cushan-rishathaim king of Mesopotamia. And the people of Israel served Cushan-rishathaim eight years.
    Jeremiah 15:13
    Your wealth and your treasures I will give as spoil, without price, for all your sins, throughout all your territory.
  23. Cross References
    Psalms 39:8
    Deliver me from all my transgressions. Do not make me the scorn of the fool!
    Psalms 79:4
    We have become a taunt to our neighbors, mocked and derided by those around us.
    Psalms 89:41
    All who pass by plunder him; he has become the scorn of his neighbors.
    Psalms 119:22
    Take away from me scorn and contempt, for I have kept your testimonies.
    Nehemiah 2:17
    Then I said to them, "You see the trouble we are in, how Jerusalem lies in ruins with its gates burned. Come, let us build the wall of Jerusalem, that we may no longer suffer derision.
  24. Cross References
    Psalms 80:6
    You make us an object of contention for our neighbors, and our enemies laugh among themselves.
  25. Cross References
    Jeremiah 24:9
    I will make them a horror to all the kingdoms of the earth, to be a reproach, a byword, a taunt, and a curse in all the places where I shall drive them.
    Job 17:6
    He has made me a byword of the peoples, and I am one before whom men spit.
  26. Cross References
    Job 16:4
    I also could speak as you do, if you were in my place; I could join words together against you and shake my head at you.
  27. Cross References
    2 Chronicles 32:21
    And the Lord sent an angel, who cut off all the mighty warriors and commanders and officers in the camp of the king of Assyria. So he returned with shame of face to his own land. And when he came into the house of his god, some of his own sons struck him down there with the sword.
  28. Cross References
    Psalms 8:2
    Out of the mouth of babies and infants, you have established strength because of your foes, to still the enemy and the avenger.
  29. Cross References
    Daniel 9:13
    As it is written in the Law of Moses, all this calamity has come upon us; yet we have not entreated the favor of the Lord our God, turning from our iniquities and gaining insight by your truth.
  30. Cross References
    Psalms 37:31
    The law of his God is in his heart; his steps do not slip.
  31. Cross References
    Psalms 119:51
    The insolent utterly deride me, but I do not turn away from your law.
    Psalms 119:157
    Many are my persecutors and my adversaries, but I do not swerve from your testimonies.
    Job 23:11
    My foot has held fast to his steps; I have kept his way and have not turned aside.
  32. Cross References
    Psalms 51:8
    Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones that you have broken rejoice.
  33. Cross References
    Job 30:29
    I am a brother of jackals and a companion of ostriches.
  34. Cross References
    Job 3:5
    Let gloom and deep darkness claim it. Let clouds dwell upon it; let the blackness of the day terrify it.
  35. Cross References
    Psalms 68:31
    Nobles shall come from Egypt; Cush shall hasten to stretch out her hands to God.
    Job 11:13
    If you prepare your heart, you will stretch out your hands toward him.
  36. Cross References
    Psalms 81:9
    There shall be no strange god among you; you shall not bow down to a foreign god.
  37. Cross References
    Psalms 139:1
    O Lord, you have searched me and known me!
    Jeremiah 17:10
    "I the Lord search the heart and test the mind, to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his deeds."
  38. Cross References
    John 2:25
    And needed no one to bear witness about man, for he himself knew what was in man.
    Hebrews 4:13
    And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account.
  39. Cross References
    Psalms 44:11
    You have made us like sheep for slaughter and have scattered us among the nations.
    Romans 8:36
    As it is written, "For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.
  40. Cross References
    Psalms 35:23
    Awake and rouse yourself for my vindication, for my cause, my God and my Lord!
  41. Cross References
    Psalms 44:9
    But you have rejected us and disgraced us and have not gone out with our armies.
  42. Cross References
    Job 13:24
    Why do you hide your face and count me as your enemy?
  43. Cross References
    Psalms 119:25
    My soul clings to the dust; give me life according to your word!
  44. Cross References
    Psalms 63:7
    For you have been my help, and in the shadow of your wings I will sing for joy.
  45. Cross References
    Psalms 25:22
    Redeem Israel, O God, out of all his troubles.
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