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Psalms 44:23-26


44:23 Rouse yourself! Why do you sleep, O Lord?

Wake up! 1  Do not reject us forever!

44:24 Why do you look the other way, 2 

and ignore 3  the way we are oppressed and mistreated? 4 

44:25 For we lie in the dirt,

with our bellies pressed to the ground. 5 

44:26 Rise up and help us!

Rescue us 6  because of your loyal love!

1 sn Wake up! See Ps 35:23.

2 tn Heb “Why do you hide your face?” The idiom “hide the face” can mean “ignore” (see Pss 10:11; 13:1; 51:9) or carry the stronger idea of “reject” (see Pss 30:7; 88:14).

3 tn Or “forget.”

4 tn Heb “our oppression and our affliction.”

5 tn Heb “for our being/life sinks down to the dirt, our belly clings to the earth.” The suffixed form of נֶפֶשׁ (nefesh, “being, life”) is often equivalent to a pronoun in poetic texts.

6 tn Or “redeem us.” See Pss 25:22; 26:11; 69:18; 119:134.

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