Psalm 44:10-25 and 1 Samuel 4:1-11
10 But now, you have rejected and bewildered us, and you will not go forth with our armies, O God.
11 You have turned our back to our enemies, and those who hated us have plundered for themselves.
12 You have given us over like sheep for food. You have scattered us among the Gentiles.
13 You have sold your people without a price, and no great number was exchanged for them.
14 You have set us as a disgrace to our neighbors, a scoff and a derision to those who are around us.
15 You have set us as a parable among the Gentiles, a shaking of the head among the peoples.
16 All day long my shame is before me, and the confusion of my face has covered me,
17 before the voice of the reproacher and the commentator, before the face of the adversary and the pursuer.
18 All these things have come upon us, yet we have not forgotten you, and we have not acted unjustly in your covenant.
19 And our heart has not turned back. And you have not diverted our steps from your way.
20 For you humbled us in a place of affliction, and the shadow of death has covered us.
21 If we have forgotten the name of our God, and if we have extended our hands to a foreign god,
22 will not God find this out? For he knows the secrets of the heart. For, because of you, we are being killed all day long. We are considered as sheep for the slaughter.
23 Rise up. Why do you fall asleep, O Lord? Rise up, and do not reject us in the end.
24 Why do you turn your face away, and why do you forget our needfulness and our tribulation?
25 For our soul has been humbled into the dust. Our belly has been bound to the earth.
1 Samuel 4:1-11
1 And it happened that, in those days, the Philistines assembled to fight. And Israel went out to meet the Philistines in battle, and he made camp beside the Stone of Assistance. But the Philistines went to Aphek,
2 and they positioned their troops against Israel. Then, when the conflict began, Israel turned his back to the Philistines. And they were cut down in that conflict, in various places in the fields, about four thousand men.
3 And the people returned to the camp. And those greater by birth of Israel said: "Why has the Lord struck us today before the Philistines? Let us bring to ourselves the ark of the covenant of the Lord from Shiloh. And let it enter into our midst, so that it may save us from the hand of our enemies."
4 Therefore, the people sent to Shiloh, and they brought from there the ark of the covenant of the Lord of hosts, sitting upon the cherubim. And the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, were with the ark of the covenant of God.
5 And when the ark of the covenant of the Lord had arrived in the camp, all of Israel shouted with a great clamor, and the land resounded.
6 And the Philistines heard the voice of the clamor, and they said, "What is this voice of a great clamor in the camp of the Hebrews?" And they realized that the ark of the Lord had arrived in the camp.
7 And the Philistines were afraid, saying, "God has entered into the camp." And they groaned, saying:
8 "Woe to us! For there was no such great exultation yesterday, or the day before. Woe to us! Who will save us from the hand of these sublime gods? These are the gods who struck Egypt with all the plagues, in the desert."
9 "Be strengthened, and be manly, O Philistines! Otherwise, you may serve the Hebrews, as they also have served you. Be strengthened and wage war!"
10 Therefore, the Philistines fought, and Israel was cut down, and each one fled to his own tent. And an exceedingly great slaughter occurred. And thirty thousand foot soldiers from Israel fell.
11 And the ark of God was captured. Also, the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, died.
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