Psalms 44
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1  For the Leader; [a Psalm] of the sons of Korach. Maschil.

א  לַמְנַצֵּחַ לִבְנֵי קֹרַח מַשְׂכִּיל.

2  O God, we have heard with our ears, our fathers have told us; a work Thou didst in their days, in the 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 forefathers have told us

Walking through the Land of Israel is an educational phenomenon. Every kilometer is 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 the stories sacred to them 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.

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3  Thou with Thy hand didst drive out the nations, and didst plant them in; Thou didst break the peoples, and didst spread them abroad.

ג  אַתָּה יָדְךָ גּוֹיִם הוֹרַשְׁתָּ וַתִּטָּעֵם תָּרַע לְאֻמִּים וַתְּשַׁלְּחֵם.

4  For not by their own sword did they get the land in possession, neither did their own arm save them; but Thy right hand, and Thine arm, and the light of Thy countenance, because Thou wast favourable unto them.

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

5  Thou art my King, O God; command the salvation of Yaakov.

ה  אַתָּה הוּא מַלְכִּי אֱלֹהִים צַוֵּה יְשׁוּעוֹת יַעֲקֹב.

6  Through Thee do we push down our adversaries; through Thy name do we tread them under that rise up against us.

ו  בְּךָ צָרֵינוּ נְנַגֵּחַ בְּשִׁמְךָ נָבוּס קָמֵינוּ.

7  For I trust not in my bow, neither can my sword save me.

ז  כִּי לֹא בְקַשְׁתִּי אֶבְטָח וְחַרְבִּי לֹא תוֹשִׁיעֵנִי.

8  But Thou hast saved us from our adversaries, and hast put them to shame that hate us.

ח  כִּי הוֹשַׁעְתָּנוּ מִצָּרֵינוּ וּמְשַׂנְאֵינוּ הֱבִישׁוֹתָ.

9  In God have we gloried all the day, and we will give thanks unto Thy name for ever. Selah

ט  בֵּאלֹהִים הִלַּלְנוּ כָל הַיּוֹם וְשִׁמְךָ לְעוֹלָם נוֹדֶה סֶלָה.

10  Yet Thou hast cast off, and brought us to confusion; and goest not forth with our hosts.

י  אַף זָנַחְתָּ וַתַּכְלִימֵנוּ וְלֹא תֵצֵא בְּצִבְאוֹתֵינוּ.

11  Thou makest us to turn back from the adversary; and they that hate us spoil at their will.

יא  תְּשִׁיבֵנוּ אָחוֹר מִנִּי צָר וּמְשַׂנְאֵינוּ שָׁסוּ לָמוֹ.

12  Thou hast given us like sheep to be eaten; and hast scattered us among the nations.

יב  תִּתְּנֵנוּ כְּצֹאן מַאֲכָל וּבַגּוֹיִם זֵרִיתָנוּ.

13  Thou sellest Thy people for small gain, and hast not set their prices high.

יג  תִּמְכֹּר עַמְּךָ בְלֹא הוֹן וְלֹא רִבִּיתָ בִּמְחִירֵיהֶם.

14  Thou makest us a taunt to our neighbours, a scorn and a derision to them that are round about us.

יד  תְּשִׂימֵנוּ חֶרְפָּה לִשְׁכֵנֵינוּ לַעַג וָקֶלֶס לִסְבִיבוֹתֵינוּ.

15  Thou makest us a byword among the nations, a shaking of the head among the peoples.

טו  תְּשִׂימֵנוּ מָשָׁל בַּגּוֹיִם מְנוֹד רֹאשׁ בַּלְאֻמִּים.

16  All the day is my confusion before me, and the shame of my face hath covered me,

טז  כָּל הַיּוֹם כְּלִמָּתִי נֶגְדִּי וּבֹשֶׁת פָּנַי כִּסָּתְנִי.

17  For the voice of him that taunteth and blasphemeth; by reason of the enemy and the revengeful.

יז  מִקּוֹל מְחָרֵף וּמְגַדֵּף מִפְּנֵי אוֹיֵב וּמִתְנַקֵּם.

18  All this is come upon us; yet have we not forgotten Thee, neither have we been false to Thy covenant.

יח  כָּל זֹאת בָּאַתְנוּ וְלֹא שְׁכַחֲנוּךָ וְלֹא שִׁקַּרְנוּ בִּבְרִיתֶךָ.

19  Our heart is not turned back, neither have our steps declined from Thy path;

יט  לֹא נָסוֹג אָחוֹר לִבֵּנוּ וַתֵּט אֲשֻׁרֵינוּ מִנִּי אָרְחֶךָ.

20  Though Thou hast crushed us into a place of jackals, and covered us with the shadow of death.

כ  כִּי דִכִּיתָנוּ בִּמְקוֹם תַּנִּים וַתְּכַס עָלֵינוּ בְצַלְמָוֶת.

21  If we had forgotten the name of our God, or spread forth our hands to a strange god;

כא  אִם שָׁכַחְנוּ שֵׁם אֱלֹהֵינוּ וַנִּפְרֹשׂ כַּפֵּינוּ לְאֵל זָר.

22  Would not God search this out? For He knoweth the secrets of the heart.

כב  הֲלֹא אֱלֹהִים יַחֲקָר זֹאת כִּי הוּא יֹדֵעַ תַּעֲלֻמוֹת לֵב.

23  Nay, but for Thy sake are we killed all the day; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.

כג  כִּי עָלֶיךָ הֹרַגְנוּ כָל הַיּוֹם נֶחְשַׁבְנוּ כְּצֹאן טִבְחָה.

24  Awake, why sleepest Thou, O Lord? Arouse Thyself, cast not off for ever.

כד  עוּרָה לָמָּה תִישַׁן אֲדֹנָי הָקִיצָה אַל תִּזְנַח לָנֶצַח.

25  Wherefore hidest Thou Thy face, and forgettest our affliction and our oppression?

כה  לָמָּה פָנֶיךָ תַסְתִּיר תִּשְׁכַּח עָנְיֵנוּ וְלַחֲצֵנוּ.

26  For our soul is bowed down to the dust; our belly cleaveth unto the earth.

כו  כִּי שָׁחָה לֶעָפָר נַפְשֵׁנוּ דָּבְקָה לָאָרֶץ בִּטְנֵנוּ.

27  Arise for our help, and redeem us for Thy mercy’s sake.

כז  קוּמָה עֶזְרָתָה לָּנוּ וּפְדֵנוּ לְמַעַן חַסְדֶּךָ.

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Psalms 44