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A Prayer for Help

For the director of music. A ·maskil [skillful psalm; meditation] of the sons of Korah [C descendants of Kohath, son of Levi, who served as Temple musicians; 1 Chr. 6:22].

44 God, we have heard ·about you [L with our ears; 78:3].
    Our ·ancestors [fathers] ·told [recited to] us
what you did in their days,
    in days long ago.
With your ·power [L hand] you ·forced [dispossessed] the nations out of the land
    and ·placed [L planted] our ancestors here.
You ·destroyed [troubled] ·those other nations [L the peoples],
    but you ·made our ancestors grow strong [set them free].
It wasn’t their swords that ·took [possessed] the land.
    It wasn’t their ·power [L arm] that gave them victory.
But it was your ·great power [L arm] and ·strength [L right hand].
    ·You were with them [L …and the light of your face] because you ·loved [delighted in] them.

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Psalm 44[a]

For the director of music. Of the Sons of Korah. A maskil.[b]

We have heard it with our ears,(A) O God;
    our ancestors have told us(B)
what you did in their days,
    in days long ago.(C)
With your hand you drove out(D) the nations
    and planted(E) our ancestors;
you crushed(F) the peoples
    and made our ancestors flourish.(G)
It was not by their sword(H) that they won the land,
    nor did their arm bring them victory;
it was your right hand,(I) your arm,(J)
    and the light(K) of your face, for you loved(L) them.

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  1. Psalm 44:1 In Hebrew texts 44:1-26 is numbered 44:2-27.
  2. Psalm 44:1 Title: Probably a literary or musical term

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