44 For the music director; by the Korahites, a well-written song. 1
O God, we have clearly heard; 2
our ancestors 3 have told us
what you did 4 in their days,
in ancient times. 5
2 You, by your power, 6 defeated nations and settled our fathers on their land; 7
you crushed 8 the people living there 9 and enabled our ancestors to occupy it. 10
3 For they did not conquer 11 the land by their swords,
and they did not prevail by their strength, 12
but rather by your power, 13 strength 14 and good favor, 15
for you were partial to 16 them.
4 You are my 17 king, O God!
Decree 18 Jacob’s 19 deliverance!
5 By your power 20 we will drive back 21 our enemies;
by your strength 22 we will trample down 23 our foes! 24
6 For I do not trust in my bow,
and I do not prevail by my sword.
7 For you deliver 25 us from our enemies;
you humiliate 26 those who hate us.
8 In God I boast all day long,
and we will continually give thanks to your name. (Selah)
9 But 27 you rejected and embarrassed us!
You did not go into battle with our armies. 28
10 You made us retreat 29 from the enemy.
Those who hate us take whatever they want from us. 30
11 You handed us 31 over like sheep to be eaten;
you scattered us among the nations.
12 You sold 32 your people for a pittance; 33
you did not ask a high price for them. 34
13 You made us 35 an object of disdain to our neighbors;
those who live on our borders taunt and insult us. 36
14 You made us 37 an object of ridicule 38 among the nations;
foreigners treat us with contempt. 39
15 All day long I feel humiliated 40
and am overwhelmed with shame, 41
16 before the vindictive enemy
who ridicules and insults me. 42
17 All this has happened to us, even though we have not rejected you 43
or violated your covenant with us. 44
18 We have not been unfaithful, 45
nor have we disobeyed your commands. 46
19 Yet you have battered us, leaving us a heap of ruins overrun by wild dogs; 47
you have covered us with darkness. 48
20 If we had rejected our God, 49
and spread out our hands in prayer to another god, 50
21 would not God discover it,
for he knows 51 one’s thoughts? 52
22 Yet because of you 53 we are killed all day long;
we are treated like 54 sheep at the slaughtering block. 55
23 Rouse yourself! Why do you sleep, O Lord?
Wake up! 56 Do not reject us forever!
24 Why do you look the other way, 57
and ignore 58 the way we are oppressed and mistreated? 59
25 For we lie in the dirt,
with our bellies pressed to the ground. 60
26 Rise up and help us!
Rescue us 61 because of your loyal love!
45 For the music director; according to the tune of “Lilies;” 1 by the Korahites, a well-written poem, 2 a love song.
My heart is stirred by a beautiful song. 3
I say, “I have composed this special song 4 for the king;
my tongue is as skilled as the stylus of an experienced scribe.” 5
2 You are the most handsome of all men! 6
You speak in an impressive and fitting manner! 7
For this reason 8 God grants you continual blessings. 9
3 Strap your sword to your thigh, O warrior! 10
Appear in your majestic splendor! 11
4 Appear in your majesty and be victorious! 12
Ride forth for the sake of what is right, 13
on behalf of justice! 14
Then your right hand will accomplish mighty acts! 15
5 Your arrows are sharp
and penetrate the hearts of the king’s enemies.
Nations fall at your feet. 16
6 Your throne, 17 O God, is permanent. 18
The scepter 19 of your kingdom is a scepter of justice.
7 You love 20 justice and hate evil. 21
For this reason God, your God 22 has anointed you 23
with the oil of joy, 24 elevating you above your companions. 25
8 All your garments are perfumed with 26 myrrh, aloes, and cassia.
From the luxurious palaces 27 comes the music of stringed instruments that makes you happy. 28
9 Princesses 29 are among your honored guests, 30
your bride 31 stands at your right hand, wearing jewelry made with gold from Ophir. 32
10 Listen, O princess! 33
Observe and pay attention! 34
Forget your homeland 35 and your family! 36
11 Then 37 the king will be attracted by 38 your beauty.
After all, he is your master! Submit 39 to him! 40
12 Rich people from Tyre 41
will seek your favor by bringing a gift. 42
13 The princess 43 looks absolutely magnificent, 44
decked out in pearls and clothed in a brocade trimmed with gold. 45
14 In embroidered robes she is escorted to the king.
Her attendants, the maidens of honor who follow her,
are led before you. 46
15 They are bubbling with joy as they walk in procession
and enter the royal palace. 47
16 Your 48 sons will carry 49 on the dynasty of your ancestors; 50
you will make them princes throughout the land.
17 I will proclaim your greatness through the coming years, 51
then the nations will praise you 52 forever.