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 our | fathers in;
* how thou hast destroyed the nations, and | made thy •people• to flourish.
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 over- | -throw 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 con- | -fusion 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 up- | -on 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 byword a- | -mong the nations,
* and that the peoples | 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 | ene•my and avenger.
18 And though all this be come upon us, yet do we | not forget thee,
* nor behave ourselves | froward•ly 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 ap- | -pointed 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.
Glory be to the Father, and | to the Son,
* and | to the Holy Ghost,
As it was in the beginning, is now, and | ever shall be,
* world without | end. Amen.