Psalms 44 & 45

 

Psalm 44. Deus, auribus
WE HAVE heard with our ears, O God, our fathers have told us : what thou hast done in their time of old;
2. How thou hast driven out the heathen with thy hand, and planted them in : how thou hast destroyed the nations and cast them out.
3. For they gat not the land in possession through their own sword : neither was it their own arm that helped them;
4. But thy right hand, and thine arm, and the light of thy countenance : because thou hadst a favour unto them.
5. Thou art my King, O God : send help unto Jacob.
6. Through thee will we overthrow our enemies : and in thy Name will we tread them under, that rise up against us.
7. For I will not trust in my bow : it is not my sword that shall help me;
8. But it is thou that savest us from our enemies : and puttest them to confusion that hate us.
9. We make our boast of God all day long : and will praise thy Name for ever.
10. But now thou art far off, and puttest us to confusion : and goest not forth with our armies.
11. Thou makest us to turn our backs upon our enemies : so that they which hate us spoil our goods.
12. Thou lettest us be eaten up like sheep : and hast scattered us among the heathen.
13. Thou sellest thy people for nought : and takest no money for them.
14. Thou makest us to be rebuked of our neighbours : to be laughed to scorn, and had in derision of them that are round about us.
15. Thou makest us to be a by-word among the heathen : and that the people shake their heads at us.
16. My confusion is daily before me : and the shame of my face hath covered me;
17. For the voice of the slanderer and blasphemer : for the enemy and avenger.
18. And though all this be come upon us, yet do we not forget thee : nor behave ourselves frowardly in thy covenant.
19. Our heart is not turned back : neither our steps gone out of thy way;
20. No, not when thou hast smitten us into the place of dragons : and covered us with the shadow of death.
21. If we have forgotten the Name of our God, and holden up our hands to any strange God : shall not God search it out? for he knoweth the very secrets of the heart.
22. For thy sake also are we killed all the day long : and are counted as sheep appointed to be slain.
23. Up, Lord, why sleepest thou : awake, and be not absent from us for ever.
24. Wherefore hidest thou thy face : and forgettest our misery and trouble?
25. For our soul is brought low, even unto the dust : our belly cleaveth unto the ground.
26. Arise, and help us : and deliver us for thy mercy’s sake.

 

Psalm 45. Eructavit cor meum
MY HEART is inditing of a good matter : I speak of the thing which I have made unto the King.
2. My tongue is the pen : of a ready writer.
3. Thou art fairer than the children of men: full of grace are thy lips, because God hath blessed thee for ever.
4. Gird thee with thy sword upon thy thigh, O thou most Mighty : according to thy worship and renown.
5. Good luck have thou with thine honour : ride on, because of the word of truth , of meekness, and righteousness; and thy right hand shall teach thee terrible things.
6. Thy arrows are very sharp, and the people shall be subdued unto thee : even in the midst among the King’s enemies.
7. Thy seat, O God, endureth for ever : the sceptre of thy kingdom is a right sceptre.
8. Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity : wherefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.
9. All thy garments smell of myrrh, aloes, and cassia : out of the ivory palaces, whereby they have made thee glad.
10. Kings’ daughters were among thy honourable women : upon thy right hand did stand the queen in a vesture of gold, wrought about with divers colours.
11. Hearken, O daughter, and consider, incline thine ear ; forget also thine own people, and thy father’s house.
12. So shall the King have pleasure in thy beauty : for his is thy Lord God, and worship thou him.
13. And the daughter of Tyre shall be there with a gift : like as the rich also among the people shall make their supplication before thee.
14. The King’s daughter is all glorious within : her clothing is of wrought gold.
15. She shall be brought unto the King in raiment of needle-work : the virgins that be her fellows shall bear her company, and shall be brought unto thee.
16. With joy and gladness shall they be brought : and shall enter into the King’s palace.
17. Instead of thy fathers thou shalt have children : whom thou mayest make princes in all lands.
18. I will remember thy Name from one generation to another : therefore shall the people give thanks unto thee, world without end.