1 We have heard with our ears, O God, our forebears have told us, ♦︎
all that you did in their days, in time of old;
2 How with your hand you drove out nations and planted us in, ♦︎
and broke the power of peoples and set us free.
3 For not by their own sword did our ancestors take the land ♦︎
nor did their own arm save them,
4 But your right hand, your arm, and the light of your countenance, ♦︎
because you were gracious to them.
5 You are my King and my God, ♦︎
who commanded salvation for Jacob.
6 Through you we drove back our adversaries; ♦︎
through your name we trod down our foes.
7 For I did not trust in my bow; ♦︎
it was not my own sword that saved me;
8 It was you that saved us from our enemies ♦︎
and put our adversaries to shame.
9 We gloried in God all the day long, ♦︎
and were ever praising your name.
10 But now you have rejected us and brought us to shame, ♦︎
and go not out with our armies.
11 You have made us turn our backs on our enemies, ♦︎
and our enemies have despoiled us.
12 You have made us like sheep to be slaughtered, ♦︎
and have scattered us among the nations.
13 You have sold your people for a pittance ♦︎
and made no profit on their sale.
14 You have made us the taunt of our neighbours, ♦︎
the scorn and derision of those that are round about us.
15 You have made us a byword among the nations; ♦︎
among the peoples they wag their heads.
16 My confusion is daily before me, ♦︎
and shame has covered my face,
17 At the taunts of the slanderer and reviler, ♦︎
at the sight of the enemy and avenger.
18 All this has come upon us,
though we have not forgotten you ♦︎
and have not played false to your covenant.
19 Our hearts have not turned back, ♦︎
nor our steps gone out of your way,
20 Yet you have crushed us in the haunt of jackals, ♦︎
and covered us with the shadow of death.
21 If we have forgotten the name of our God, ♦︎
or stretched out our hands to any strange god,
22 Will not God search it out? ♦︎
For he knows the secrets of the heart.
23 But for your sake are we killed all the day long, ♦︎
and are counted as sheep for the slaughter.
24 Rise up! Why sleep, O Lord? ♦︎
Awake, and do not reject us for ever.
25 Why do you hide your face ♦︎
and forget our grief and oppression?
26 Our soul is bowed down to the dust; ♦︎
our belly cleaves to the earth.
27 Rise up, O Lord, to help us ♦︎
and redeem us for the sake of your steadfast love.