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The Catholic Study Bible A special version of the New American Bible, with a wealth of background information useful to Catholics.

Chapter 44

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God's Past Favor and Israel's Present Need

1For the leader. A maskilof the Korahites.

I

2O God, we have heard with our own ears; our ancestors have told us r Ps 78, 3 . The deeds you did in their days, with your own hand in days of old: 3You rooted out nations to plant them, s Pss 78, 55; 80, 9f . crushed peoples to make room for them. 4Not with their own swords did they conquer the land, t Dt 8, 17f; Jos 24, 12 . nor did their own arms bring victory; It was your right hand, your own arm, the light of your face, for you favored them. u Pss 4, 7; 31, 17; 67, 2; 80, 4; Nm 6, 25; Dn 9, 17 . 5You are my king and my God, v Ps 145, 1 . who bestows victories on Jacob. 6Through you we batter our foes; through your name, trample our adversaries. 7Not in my bow do I trust, nor does my sword bring me victory. 8You have brought us victory over our enemies, shamed those who hate us. 9In God we have boasted all the day long; your name we will praise forever.   Selah

II

10But now you have rejected and disgraced us; w 44, 10–27: Ps 89, 39–52 . you do not march out with our armies. x Ps 60, 12 . 11You make us retreat* before the foe; those who hate us plunder us at will. y Lv 26, 17; Dt 28, 25 . 12You hand us over like sheep to be slaughtered, scatter us among the nations. z Lv 26, 33; Dt 28, 64 . 13You sell your people for nothing; you make no profit from their sale. a Dt 32, 30; Is 52, 3 . 14You make us the reproach of our neighbors, b 43, 14–17: Pss 79, 4; 80, 7; 123, 3–4; Jb 12, 4; Dn 9, 16 . the mockery and scorn of those around us. 15You make us a byword among the nations; the peoples shake their heads at us. 16All day long my disgrace is before me; shame has covered my face 17At the sound of those who taunt and revile, at the sight of the spiteful enemy.

III

18All this has come upon us, though we have not forgotten you, nor been disloyal to your covenant. 19Our hearts have not turned back,* nor have our steps strayed from your path. 20Yet you have left us crushed, desolate in a place of jackals; c Jer 9, 10 . * you have covered us with darkness. 21If we had forgotten the name of our God, stretched out our hands to another god, 22Would not God have discovered this, God who knows the secrets of the heart? 23For you we are slain all the day long, considered only as sheep to be slaughtered. d Rom 8, 36 .

IV

24Awake! Why do you sleep, O Lord? Rise up! Do not reject us forever! e Pss 10, 1; 74, 1; 77, 8; 79, 5; 83, 2 . 25Why do you hide your face; f Pss 10, 11; 89, 47; Jb 13, 24 . why forget our pain and misery? 26We are bowed down to the ground; g Ps 119, 25 . our bodies are pressed to the earth. 27Rise up, help us! Redeem us as your love demands.

Notes:

r: Ps 78, 3 .

s: Pss 78, 55; 80, 9f .

t: Dt 8, 17f; Jos 24, 12 .

u: Pss 4, 7; 31, 17; 67, 2; 80, 4; Nm 6, 25; Dn 9, 17 .

v: Ps 145, 1 .

w: 44, 10–27: Ps 89, 39–52 .

x: Ps 60, 12 .

y: Lv 26, 17; Dt 28, 25 .

z: Lv 26, 33; Dt 28, 64 .

a: Dt 32, 30; Is 52, 3 .

b: 43, 14–17: Pss 79, 4; 80, 7; 123, 3–4; Jb 12, 4; Dn 9, 16 .

c: Jer 9, 10 .

d: Rom 8, 36 .

e: Pss 10, 1; 74, 1; 77, 8; 79, 5; 83, 2 .

f: Pss 10, 11; 89, 47; Jb 13, 24 .

g: Ps 119, 25 .

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