44 For the music director; by the Korahites, a well-written song. 2
O God, we have clearly heard; 3
our ancestors 4 have told us
what you did 5 in their days,
in ancient times. 6
2 You, by your power, 7 defeated nations and settled our fathers on their land; 8
you crushed 9 the people living there 10 and enabled our ancestors to occupy it. 11
3 For they did not conquer 12 the land by their swords,
and they did not prevail by their strength, 13
but rather by your power, 14 strength 15 and good favor, 16
for you were partial to 17 them.
4 You are my 18 king, O God!
Decree 19 Jacob’s 20 deliverance!
5 By your power 21 we will drive back 22 our enemies;
by your strength 23 we will trample down 24 our foes! 25
6 For I do not trust in my bow,
and I do not prevail by my sword.
7 For you deliver 26 us from our enemies;
you humiliate 27 those who hate us.
8 In God I boast all day long,
and we will continually give thanks to your name. (Selah)
9 But 28 you rejected and embarrassed us!
You did not go into battle with our armies. 29
10 You made us retreat 30 from the enemy.
Those who hate us take whatever they want from us. 31
11 You handed us 32 over like sheep to be eaten;
you scattered us among the nations.
12 You sold 33 your people for a pittance; 34
you did not ask a high price for them. 35
13 You made us 36 an object of disdain to our neighbors;
those who live on our borders taunt and insult us. 37
14 You made us 38 an object of ridicule 39 among the nations;
foreigners treat us with contempt. 40
15 All day long I feel humiliated 41
and am overwhelmed with shame, 42
16 before the vindictive enemy
who ridicules and insults me. 43
17 All this has happened to us, even though we have not rejected you 44
or violated your covenant with us. 45
18 We have not been unfaithful, 46
nor have we disobeyed your commands. 47
19 Yet you have battered us, leaving us a heap of ruins overrun by wild dogs; 48
you have covered us with darkness. 49
20 If we had rejected our God, 50
and spread out our hands in prayer to another god, 51
21 would not God discover it,
for he knows 52 one’s thoughts? 53
22 Yet because of you 54 we are killed all day long;
we are treated like 55 sheep at the slaughtering block. 56
23 Rouse yourself! Why do you sleep, O Lord?
Wake up! 57 Do not reject us forever!
24 Why do you look the other way, 58
and ignore 59 the way we are oppressed and mistreated? 60
25 For we lie in the dirt,
with our bellies pressed to the ground. 61
26 Rise up and help us!
Rescue us 62 because of your loyal love!
45 For the music director; according to the tune of “Lilies;” 2 by the Korahites, a well-written poem, 3 a love song.
My heart is stirred by a beautiful song. 4
I say, “I have composed this special song 5 for the king;
my tongue is as skilled as the stylus of an experienced scribe.” 6
2 You are the most handsome of all men! 7
You speak in an impressive and fitting manner! 8
For this reason 9 God grants you continual blessings. 10
3 Strap your sword to your thigh, O warrior! 11
Appear in your majestic splendor! 12
4 Appear in your majesty and be victorious! 13
Ride forth for the sake of what is right, 14
on behalf of justice! 15
Then your right hand will accomplish mighty acts! 16
5 Your arrows are sharp
and penetrate the hearts of the king’s enemies.
Nations fall at your feet. 17
6 Your throne, 18 O God, is permanent. 19
The scepter 20 of your kingdom is a scepter of justice.
7 You love 21 justice and hate evil. 22
For this reason God, your God 23 has anointed you 24
with the oil of joy, 25 elevating you above your companions. 26
8 All your garments are perfumed with 27 myrrh, aloes, and cassia.
From the luxurious palaces 28 comes the music of stringed instruments that makes you happy. 29
9 Princesses 30 are among your honored guests, 31
your bride 32 stands at your right hand, wearing jewelry made with gold from Ophir. 33
10 Listen, O princess! 34
Observe and pay attention! 35
Forget your homeland 36 and your family! 37
11 Then 38 the king will be attracted by 39 your beauty.
After all, he is your master! Submit 40 to him! 41
12 Rich people from Tyre 42
will seek your favor by bringing a gift. 43
13 The princess 44 looks absolutely magnificent, 45
decked out in pearls and clothed in a brocade trimmed with gold. 46
14 In embroidered robes she is escorted to the king.
Her attendants, the maidens of honor who follow her,
are led before you. 47
15 They are bubbling with joy as they walk in procession
and enter the royal palace. 48
16 Your 49 sons will carry 50 on the dynasty of your ancestors; 51
you will make them princes throughout the land.
17 I will proclaim your greatness through the coming years, 52
then the nations will praise you 53 forever.
46 For the music director; by the Korahites; according to the alamoth style; 2 a song.
God is our strong refuge; 3
he is truly our helper in times of trouble. 4
2 For this reason we do not fear 5 when the earth shakes, 6
and the mountains tumble into the depths of the sea, 7
3 when its waves 8 crash 9 and foam,
and the mountains shake 10 before the surging sea. 11 (Selah)
4 The river’s channels bring joy to the city of God, 12
the special, holy dwelling place of 13 the sovereign One. 14
5 God lives within it, 15 it cannot be moved. 16
God rescues it 17 at the break of dawn. 18
6 Nations are in uproar, kingdoms are overthrown. 19
God 20 gives a shout, 21 the earth dissolves. 22
7 The Lord who commands armies is on our side! 23
The God of Jacob 24 is our protector! 25 (Selah)
8 Come! Witness the exploits 26 of the Lord,
who brings devastation to the earth! 27
9 He brings an end to wars throughout the earth; 28
he shatters 29 the bow and breaks 30 the spear;
he burns 31 the shields with fire. 32
10 He says, 33 “Stop your striving and recognize 34 that I am God!
I will be exalted 35 over 36 the nations! I will be exalted over 37 the earth!”
11 The Lord who commands armies is on our side! 38
The God of Jacob 39 is our protector! 40 (Selah)