Psalms 44
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1  For the leader. Of the Korahites. A maskil.

א  לַמְנַצֵּחַ לִבְנֵי־קֹרַח מַשְׂכִּיל׃

2  We have heard, O Hashem, our fathers have told us the deeds You performed in their time, in days of old.

e-lo-HEEM b’-oz-NAY-nu sha-MA-nu a-vo-TAY-nu si-p’-ru LA-nu PO-al pa-AL-ta vee-may-HEM BEE-may KE-dem

ב  אֱלֹהִים בְּאָזְנֵינוּ שָׁמַעְנוּ אֲבוֹתֵינוּ סִפְּרוּ־לָנוּ פֹּעַל פָּעַלְתָּ בִימֵיהֶם בִּימֵי קֶדֶם׃

 44:2   Our fathers have told us

Walking through the Land of Israel is an educational experience. Every kilometer tells another story of ancient, medieval or modern history. The empires that have passed through this land are many: Canaanite, Israelite, Assyrian, Babylonian, Persian, Greek, Hasmonean, Roman, Byzantine, Muslim, Mamluk, Ottoman, British. Today, Israel is holy to many religions. Each one passes down their sacred stories from one generation to the next, reads their holy texts and experiences the magic of the Holy Land. In times of great joy we revel in the aura of the Holy Land and connect it to bygone years. In times of pain and distress, we suffer at our present and recall the tranquility of Israel’s past.1 comment

3  With Your hand You planted them, displacing nations; You brought misfortune on peoples, and drove them out.

ג  אַתָּה יָדְךָ גּוֹיִם הוֹרַשְׁתָּ וַתִּטָּעֵם תָּרַע לְאֻמִּים וַתְּשַׁלְּחֵם׃

4  It was not by their sword that they took the land, their arm did not give them victory, but Your right hand, Your arm, and Your goodwill, for You favored them.

ד  כִּי לֹא בְחַרְבָּם יָרְשׁוּ אָרֶץ וּזְרוֹעָם לֹא־הוֹשִׁיעָה לָּמוֹ כִּי־יְמִינְךָ וּזְרוֹעֲךָ וְאוֹר פָּנֶיךָ כִּי רְצִיתָם׃

5  You are my king, O Hashem; decree victories for Yaakov!

ה  אַתָּה־הוּא מַלְכִּי אֱלֹהִים צַוֵּה יְשׁוּעוֹת יַעֲקֹב׃

6  Through You we gore our foes; by Your name we trample our adversaries;

ו  בְּךָ צָרֵינוּ נְנַגֵּחַ בְּשִׁמְךָ נָבוּס קָמֵינוּ׃

7  I do not trust in my bow; it is not my sword that gives me victory;

ז  כִּי לֹא בְקַשְׁתִּי אֶבְטָח וְחַרְבִּי לֹא תוֹשִׁיעֵנִי׃

8  You give us victory over our foes; You thwart those who hate us.

ח  כִּי הוֹשַׁעְתָּנוּ מִצָּרֵינוּ וּמְשַׂנְאֵינוּ הֱבִישׁוֹתָ׃

9  In Hashem we glory at all times, and praise Your name unceasingly. Selah.

ט  בֵּאלֹהִים הִלַּלְנוּ כָל־הַיּוֹם וְשִׁמְךָ לְעוֹלָם נוֹדֶה סֶלָה׃

10  Yet You have rejected and disgraced us; You do not go with our armies.

י  אַף־זָנַחְתָּ וַתַּכְלִימֵנוּ וְלֹא־תֵצֵא בְּצִבְאוֹתֵינוּ׃

11  You make us retreat before our foe; our enemies plunder us at will.

יא  תְּשִׁיבֵנוּ אָחוֹר מִנִּי־צָר וּמְשַׂנְאֵינוּ שָׁסוּ לָמוֹ׃

12  You let them devour us like sheep; You disperse us among the nations.

יב  תִּתְּנֵנוּ כְּצֹאן מַאֲכָל וּבַגּוֹיִם זֵרִיתָנוּ׃

13  You sell Your people for no fortune, You set no high price on them.

יג  תִּמְכֹּר־עַמְּךָ בְלֹא־הוֹן וְלֹא־רִבִּיתָ בִּמְחִירֵיהֶם׃

14  You make us the butt of our neighbors the scorn and derision of those around us.

יד  תְּשִׂימֵנוּ חֶרְפָּה לִשְׁכֵנֵינוּ לַעַג וָקֶלֶס לִסְבִיבוֹתֵינוּ׃

15  You make us a byword among the nations, a laughingstock among the peoples.

טו  תְּשִׂימֵנוּ מָשָׁל בַּגּוֹיִם מְנוֹד־רֹאשׁ בַּל־אֻמִּים׃

16  I am always aware of my disgrace; I am wholly covered with shame

טז  כָּל־הַיּוֹם כְּלִמָּתִי נֶגְדִּי וּבֹשֶׁת פָּנַי כִּסָּתְנִי׃

17  at the sound of taunting revilers, in the presence of the vengeful foe.

יז  מִקּוֹל מְחָרֵף וּמְגַדֵּף מִפְּנֵי אוֹיֵב וּמִתְנַקֵּם׃

18  All this has come upon us, yet we have not forgotten You, or been false to Your covenant.

יח  כָּל־זֹאת בָּאַתְנוּ וְלֹא שְׁכַחֲנוּךָ וְלֹא־שִׁקַּרְנוּ בִּבְרִיתֶךָ׃

19  Our hearts have not gone astray, nor have our feet swerved from Your path,

יט  לֹא־נָסוֹג אָחוֹר לִבֵּנוּ וַתֵּט אֲשֻׁרֵינוּ מִנִּי אָרְחֶךָ׃

20  though You cast us, crushed, to where the sea monster is, and covered us over with deepest darkness.

כ  כִּי דִכִּיתָנוּ בִּמְקוֹם תַּנִּים וַתְּכַס עָלֵינוּ בְצַלְמָוֶת׃

21  If we forgot the name of our God and spread forth our hands to a foreign god,

כא  אִם־שָׁכַחְנוּ שֵׁם אֱלֹהֵינוּ וַנִּפְרֹשׂ כַּפֵּינוּ לְאֵל זָר׃

22  Hashem would surely search it out, for He knows the secrets of the heart.

כב  הֲלֹא אֱלֹהִים יַחֲקָר־זֹאת כִּי־הוּא יֹדֵעַ תַּעֲלֻמוֹת לֵב׃

23  It is for Your sake that we are slain all day long, that we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.

כג  כִּי־עָלֶיךָ הֹרַגְנוּ כָל־הַיּוֹם נֶחְשַׁבְנוּ כְּצֹאן טִבְחָה׃

24  Rouse Yourself; why do You sleep, O Hashem? Awaken, do not reject us forever!

כד  עוּרָה לָמָּה תִישַׁן אֲדֹנָי הָקִיצָה אַל־תִּזְנַח לָנֶצַח׃

25  Why do You hide Your face, ignoring our affliction and distress?

כה  לָמָּה־פָנֶיךָ תַסְתִּיר תִּשְׁכַּח עָנְיֵנוּ וְלַחֲצֵנוּ׃

26  We lie prostrate in the dust; our body clings to the ground.

כו  כִּי שָׁחָה לֶעָפָר נַפְשֵׁנוּ דָּבְקָה לָאָרֶץ בִּטְנֵנוּ׃

27  Arise and help us, redeem us, as befits Your faithfulness.

כז  קוּמָה עֶזְרָתָה לָּנוּ וּפְדֵנוּ לְמַעַן חַסְדֶּךָ׃

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