O God, our fathers have told us
what work you did in their days,
in the days of old.
but you planted them.
You afflicted the peoples,
but you spread them abroad.
nor did their own arm save them;
but your right hand and your arm,
and the light of your face,
because you were favorable to them.
Command victories for Jacob!
Through your name will we tread them under who rise up against us.
neither does my sword save me.
and have shamed those who hate us.
we will give thanks to your name forever. Selah.
and don’t go out with our armies.
Those who hate us take spoil for themselves.
and have scattered us among the nations.
and have gained nothing from their sale.
a scoffing and a derision to those who are around us.
a shaking of the head among the peoples.
and shame covers my face
because of the enemy and the avenger.
yet have we not forgotten you,
neither have we been false to your covenant.
neither have our steps strayed from your path,
and covered us with the shadow of death.
or spread out our hands to a strange god,
For he knows the secrets of the heart.
We are regarded as sheep for the slaughter.
Arise! Do not reject us forever.
and forget our affliction and our oppression?
Redeem us for your loving kindness’ sake.