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A Prayer for Protection[a]

44 With our own ears we have heard it, O God—
    our ancestors have told us about it,
about the great things you did in their time,
    in the days of long ago:
how you yourself drove out the heathen
    and established your people in their land;
how you punished the other nations
    and caused your own to prosper.
Your people did not conquer the land with their swords;
    they did not win it by their own power;
it was by your power and your strength,
    by the assurance of your presence,
    which showed that you loved them.

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  1. Psalm 44:1 HEBREW TITLE: A poem by the clan of Korah.

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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Footnotes

  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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