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Psalms 44:17 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— All this is come upon us; Yet have we not forgotten thee, Neither have we dealt falsely in thy covenant.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— All this is come upon us; yet have we not forgotten thee, neither have we dealt falsely in thy covenant.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— All this has come upon us, but we have not forgotten You, And we have not dealt falsely with Your covenant.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— All this is come upon us; yet we have not forgotten thee, neither have we dealt falsely in thy covenant.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— All this is come upon us; yet have we not forgotten thee, neither have we dealt falsely against thy covenant:
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— All this, hath come upon us, Yet had we not forgotten thee, Neither had we dealt falsely with thy covenant;
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— All this met us, and we did not forget Thee, Nor have we dealt falsely in Thy covenant.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— All these things have come upon us, yet we have not forgotten thee: and we have not done wickedly in thy covenant.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— All this is come vpon vs; yet haue wee not forgotten thee, neither haue we dealt falsly in thy couenant.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— All these things are come upon us: but we have not forgotten thee, neither have we dealt unrighteously in thy covenant.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— All this is come upon us; yet have we not forgotten thee, neither have we dealt falsely in thy covenant.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
All x3605
(3605) Complement
כֹּל
kol
{kole}
From H3634; properly the whole; hence all, any or every (in the singular only, but often in a plural sense).
this x2063
(2063) Complement
זֹאת
zo'th
{zothe'}
Irregular feminine of H2089; this (often used adverbially).
is come y935
[0935] Standard
בּוֹא
bow'
{bo}
A primitive root; to go or come (in a wide variety of applications).
z8804
<8804> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Perfect (See H8816)
Count - 12562
upon x935
(0935) Complement
בּוֹא
bow'
{bo}
A primitive root; to go or come (in a wide variety of applications).
us; yet have we not x3808
(3808) Complement
לֹא
lo'
{lo}
lo; a primitive particle; not (the simple or abstract negation); by implication no; often used with other particles.
forgotten 7911
{7911} Prime
שָׁכַח
shakach
{shaw-kakh'}
A primitive root; to mislay, that is, to be oblivious of, from want of memory or attention.
z8804
<8804> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Perfect (See H8816)
Count - 12562
thee, neither x3808
(3808) Complement
לֹא
lo'
{lo}
lo; a primitive particle; not (the simple or abstract negation); by implication no; often used with other particles.
have we dealt falsely 8266
{8266} Prime
שָׁקַר
shaqar
{shaw-kar'}
A primitive root; to cheat, that is, be untrue (usually in words).
z8765
<8765> Grammar
Stem - Piel (See H8840)
Mood - Perfect (See H8816)
Count - 2121
in thy covenant. 1285
{1285} Prime
בְּרִית
b@riyth
{ber-eeth'}
From H1262 (in the sense of cutting (like H1254)); a compact (because made by passing between pieces of flesh).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Psalms 44:17-19

_ _ They had not apostatized totally — were still God’s people.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

Psalms 44:17-26

_ _ The people of God, being greatly afflicted and oppressed, here apply to him; whither else should they go?

_ _ I. By way of appeal, concerning their integrity, which he only is an infallible judge of, and which he will certainly be the rewarder of. Two things they call God to witness to: —

_ _ 1. That, though they suffered these hard things, yet they kept close to God and to their duty (Psalms 44:17): “All this has come upon us, and it is as bad perhaps as bad can be, yet have we not forgotten thee, neither cast off the thoughts of thee nor deserted the worship of thee; for, though we cannot deny but that we have dealt foolishly, yet we have not dealt falsely in thy covenant, so as to cast thee off and take to other gods. Though idolaters were our conquerors, we did not therefore entertain any more favourable thoughts of their idols and idolatries; though thou hast seemed to forsake us and withdraw from us, yet we have not therefore forsaken thee.” The trouble they had been long in was very great: “We have been sorely broken in the place of dragons, among men as fierce, and furious, and cruel, as dragons. We have been covered with the shadow of death, that is, we have been under deep melancholy and apprehensive of nothing short of death. We have been wrapped up in obscurity, and buried alive; and thou hast thus broken us, thou hast thus covered us (Psalms 44:19), yet we have not harboured any hard thoughts of thee, nor meditated a retreat from thy service. Though thou hast slain us, we have continued to trust in thee: Our heart has not turned back; we have not secretly withdrawn our affections from thee, neither have our steps, either in our religious worship or in our conversation, declined from they way (Psalms 44:18), the way which thou hast appointed us to walk in.” When the heart turns back the steps will soon decline; for it is the evil heart of unbelief that inclines to depart from God. Note, We may the better bear our troubles, how pressing soever, if in them we still hold fast our integrity. While our troubles do not drive us from our duty to God we should not suffer them to drive us from our comfort in God; for he will not leave us if we do not leave him. For the proof of their integrity they take God's omniscience to witness, which is as much the comfort of the upright in heart as it is the terror of hypocrites (Psalms 44:20, Psalms 44:21): “If we have forgotten the name of our God, under pretence that he had forgotten us, or in our distress have stretched out our hands to a strange god, as more likely to help us, shall not God search this out? Shall he not know it more fully and distinctly than we know that which we have with the greatest care and diligence searched out? Shall he not judge it, and call us to an account for it?” Forgetting God was a heart-sin, and stretching our the hand to a strange god was often a secret sin, Ezekiel 8:12. But heart-sins and secret sins are known to God, and must be reckoned for; for he knows the secrets of the heart, and therefore is a infallible judge of the words and actions.

_ _ 2. That they suffered these hard things because they kept close to God and to their duty (Psalms 44:22): “It is for thy sake that we are killed all the day long, because we stand related to thee, are called by thy name, call upon thy name, and will not worship other gods.” In this the Spirit of prophecy had reference to those who suffered even unto death for the testimony of Christ, to whom it is applied, Romans 8:36. So many were killed, and put to such lingering deaths, that they were in the killing all the day long; so universally was this practised that when a man became a Christian he reckoned himself as a sheep appointed for the slaughter.

_ _ II. By way of petition, with reference to their present distress, that God would, in his own due time, work deliverance for them. 1. Their request is very importunate: Awake, arise, Psalms 44:23. Arise for our help; redeem us (Psalms 44:26); come speedily and powerfully to our relief, Psalms 80:2. Stir up thy strength, and come and save us. They had complained (Psalms 44:12) that God had sold them; here they pray (Psalms 44:26) that God would redeem them; for there is no appealing from God, but by appealing to him. If he sell us, it is not any one else that can redeem us; the same hand that tears must heal, that smites must bind up, Hosea 6:1. They had complained (Psalms 44:9), Thou hast cast us off; but here they pray (Psalms 44:23), “Cast us not off forever; let us not be finally forsaken of God.” 2. The expostulations are very moving: Why sleepest thou? Psalms 44:23. He that keeps Israel neither slumbers nor sleeps; but, when he does not immediately appear for the deliverance of his people, they are tempted to think he sleeps. The expression is figurative (as Psalms 78:65, Then the Lord awaked as one out of sleep); but it was applicable to Christ in the letter (Matthew 8:24); he was asleep when his disciples were in a storm, and they awoke him, saying, Lord, save us, we perish.Wherefore hidest thou thy face, that we may not see thee and the light of thy countenance?” Or, “that thou mayest not see us and our distresses? Thou forgettest our affliction and our oppression, for it still continues, and we see no way open for our deliverance.” And, 3. The pleas are very proper, not their own merit and righteousness, though they had the testimony of their consciences concerning their integrity, but they plead the poor sinner's pleas. (1.) Their own misery, which made them the proper objects of the divine compassion (Psalms 44:25): “Our soul is bowed down to the dust under prevailing grief and fear. We have become as creeping things, the most despicable animals: Our belly cleaves unto the earth; we cannot lift up ourselves, neither revive our own drooping spirits nor recover ourselves out of our low and sad condition, and we lie exposed to be trodden on by every insulting foe.” 2. God's mercy: “O redeem us for they mercies' sake; we depend upon the goodness of thy nature, which is the glory of thy name (Exodus 34:6), and upon those sure mercies of David which are conveyed by the covenant to all his spiritual seed.”

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Psalms 44:17

Yet — Although we cannot excuse ourselves from many other sins, yet through thy grace we have kept ourselves from apostacy and idolatry, notwithstanding all examples and provocations.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Psalms 44:17

All this is come upon us; yet have we not (o) forgotten thee, neither have we dealt falsely in thy covenant.

(o) They 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.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance
All this:

Daniel 9:13 As [it is] written in the law of Moses, all this evil is come upon us: yet made we not our prayer before the LORD our God, that we might turn from our iniquities, and understand thy truth.

yet:

Psalms 44:20 If we have forgotten the name of our God, or stretched out our hands to a strange god;
Psalms 9:17 The wicked shall be turned into hell, [and] all the nations that forget God.
Deuteronomy 6:12 [Then] beware lest thou forget the LORD, which brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage.
Deuteronomy 8:14 Then thine heart be lifted up, and thou forget the LORD thy God, which brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage;
Isaiah 17:10 Because thou hast forgotten the God of thy salvation, and hast not been mindful of the rock of thy strength, therefore shalt thou plant pleasant plants, and shalt set it with strange slips:
Jeremiah 2:32 Can a maid forget her ornaments, [or] a bride her attire? yet my people have forgotten me days without number.

dealt:

Jeremiah 31:32 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day [that] I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD:
Ezekiel 16:59 For thus saith the Lord GOD; I will even deal with thee as thou hast done, which hast despised the oath in breaking the covenant.
Ezekiel 20:37 And I will cause you to pass under the rod, and I will bring you into the bond of the covenant:
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Dt 6:12; 8:14. Ps 9:17; 44:20. Is 17:10. Jr 2:32; 31:32. Ezk 16:59; 20:37. Dn 9:13.

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