44 1 The faithful remember the great mercy of God toward his people. 9 After they complain, because they feel it no more. 17 Also they allege the covenant made with Abraham, for the keeping whereof they show what grievous things they suffered. 23 Finally, they pray unto God not to contemn their affliction, seeing the same redoundeth to the contempt of his honor.

To him that excelleth. A Psalm to give instruction, committed to the sons of Korah.

We have heard with our [a]ears, O God: our fathers have told us the works that thou hast done in their days, in the old time:

How thou hast driven out the [b]heathen with thine hand, and planted [c]them: how thou hast destroyed the [d]people, and caused [e]them to grow.

For they inherited not the land by their own sword, neither did their own arm save them: but thy right hand, and thine arm, and the light of thy countenance, because thou didst [f]favor them.

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Footnotes

  1. Psalm 44:1 This psalm seemeth to have been made by some excellent Prophet for the use of the people, when the Church was in extreme misery, either at their return from Babylon, or under Antiochus, or in such like affliction.
  2. Psalm 44:2 That is, the Canaanites.
  3. Psalm 44:2 To wit, our fathers.
  4. Psalm 44:2 Of Canaan.
  5. Psalm 44:2 That is, our fathers.
  6. Psalm 44:3 God’s free mercy and love is the only fountain and beginning of the Church, Deut. 4:37.

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