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Psalm 44[a]

God’s Past Favor and Israel’s Present Need

For the leader. A maskil of the Korahites.


O God, we have heard with our own ears;
    our ancestors have told us(A)
The deeds you did in their days,
    with your own hand in days of old:
You rooted out nations to plant them,(B)
    crushed peoples and expelled them.

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  1. Psalm 44 In this lament the community reminds God of past favors which it has always acknowledged (Ps 44:2–9). But now God has abandoned Israel to defeat and humiliation (Ps 44:10–17), though the people are not conscious of any sin against the covenant (Ps 44:18–23). They struggle with being God’s special people amid divine silence; yet they continue to pray (Ps 44:24–26).

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