1 «To the chief Musician for the sons of Korah, Maschil.» We have heard with ourThis psalm seems to have been made by some excellent prophet for the use of the people when the Church was in extreme misery, either at their return from Babylon or under Antiochus or in similar afflictions.ears, O God, our fathers have told us, [what] work thou didst in their days, in the times of old.
2 [How] thou didst drive out theThat is, the Canaanites.heathen with thy hand, and plantedstThat is, our fathers.them; [how] thou didst afflict theOf Canaan.people, andThat is, our fathers.cast them out.
3 For they got not the land in possession by their own sword, neither did their own arm save them: but thy right hand, and thine arm, and the light of thy countenance, because thou hadst aGod's free mercy and love is the only fountain and beginning of the Church, (Deu_4:37).favour unto them.
4 Thou art my King, O God: command deliverances forBecause you are our king, therefore deliver your people from their misery.Jacob.
5 Because they and their forefathers made both one Church, they apply that to themselves which before they attributed to their fathers.Through thee will we push down our enemies: through thy name will we tread them under that rise up against us.
6 For I do not trust in my bowe, neither can my sworde saue me.
7 But thou hast saued vs from our aduersaries, and hast put them to confusion that hate vs.
8 Therefore will wee praise God continually, and will confesse thy Name for euer. Selah.
9 But thou hast cast off, and put us toAs they confessed before that their strength came from God, so now they acknowledge that this affliction came by his just judgment.shame; and goest not forth with our armies.
10 Thou makest vs to turne backe fro the aduersary, & they, which hate vs, spoile for theselues.
11 Thou hast given usKnowing God to be author of this calamity, they murmur not, but seek remedy at his hands who wounded them.like sheep [appointed] for meat; and hast scattered us among the heathen.
12 Thou sellest thy peopleAs slaves who are sold for a low price, you do not look for him who offers the most, but take the first offer.for nought, and dost not increase [thy wealth] by their price.
13 Thou makest vs a reproche to our neighbours, a iest and a laughing stocke to them that are round about vs.
14 Thou makest vs a prouerbe among the nations, & a nodding of the head among the people.
15 MyI dare not lift up my head for shame.confusion [is] continually before me, and the shame of my face hath covered me,
16 For the voice of him that reproacheth and blasphemeth; by reason of the enemy andMeaning, the proud and cruel tyrant.avenger.
17 All this is come upon us; yet have we notThey boast not of their virtues, but declare that they rest on God in the midst of their affliction: who did not punished their sins now, but by hard afflictions called them to the consideration of the heavenly joys.forgotten thee, neither have we dealt falsely in thy covenant.
18 Our heart is not turned backe: neither our steps gone out of thy paths,
19 Albeit thou hast smitten vs downe into the place of dragons, and couered vs with the shadow of death.
20 If we have forgotten the name of our God, or stretched out our hands to aThey show that they honoured God correctly, because they trusted in him alone.strange god;
21 Shall not GodThey take God to witness that they were upright toward him.search this out? for he knoweth the secrets of the heart.
22 Yea, for thy sakeThe faithful take comfort in this, that the wicked punish them not for their sins, but for because of God, (Mat_5:10; 1Pe_4:14).are we killed all the day long; we are counted as sheep for the slaughter.
23 Vp, why sleepest thou, O Lord? awake, be not farre off for euer.
24 Wherefore hidest thou thy face? and forgettest our miserie and our affliction?
25 For our soul isThere is no hope of recovery, unless you raise us up with your hand.bowed down to the dust: our belly cleaveth unto the earth.
26 Arise for our help, and redeem us for thyWhich is the only sufficient ransom to deliver both body and souls from all kinds of slavery and misery.mercies' sake.