1O God, we have heard what our fathers have told,
What You did in their days, days glor’ous of old.
2With Your hand You drove out the nations and gave
our fathers their land, crushed all foes in the grave.
3It was not by sword that they took all the land;
Their arm brought no vict’ry – it was by Your hand.
Your right hand, your arm, and the light of Your face,
You loved them so truly, and showed them Your grace.
4O Lord, You’re my God, and You are my great King;
And vict’ries for Jacob You plan and You bring.
5Through You we push back, enemies we depose;
Through Your name we trample upon all our foes.
6I trust not my own bow, nor sword for my fame;
7For You give the vict’ry; put our foes to shame.
8In God we will boast all throughout the day long;
And we’ll praise Your name, Lord, forever in song.
9But now You reject us and humble us, too;
Our armies go out, but no longer with You.
10You made us retreat, as the enemy closed,
And we have been plundered by vi-o-lent foes.
11Now we are de-vour-ed like sheep that are lost;
You let us be scattered and helplessly tossed.
12You sold us, your people, and nothing did gain;
You gave up your people for others to reign.
13We’re now a reproach to our neighbors and friends;
The scorn and derision of them never ends.
14You’ve made us a byword among nations all;
They shake their heads at us, and mockingly call.
15Disgrace is before me throughout all the day;
My face must be covered; shame won’t go away.
16They taunt and revile me; reproach never ends;
Because of my foes who are bent on revenge.
17Now all this has happened, though we had been true;
We broke not Your cov’nant; did not forget You.
18Our hearts had not turned back; our feet had not strayed;
19You crushed us in darkness; a jackal’s haunt made.
20If we had forgotten the name of our God,
Or spread out our hand to a false, foreign god;
21Would God not have seen it, since He knows our heart?
22For Your sake we face death, like sheep torn apart.
23Awake, Lord! Why sleep? Don’t reject us again.
24Why hide your face? When will our misery end?
25We’re brought down to dust, our life’s flung to the ground;
26Rise up now and help us! Let your love abound!