Psalm 44:3
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New International Version
It was not by their sword that they won the land, nor did their arm bring them victory; it was your right hand, your arm, and the light of your face, for you loved them.

New Living Translation
They did not conquer the land with their swords; it was not their own strong arm that gave them victory. It was your right hand and strong arm and the blinding light from your face that helped them, for you loved them.

English Standard Version
for not by their own sword did they win the land, nor did their own arm save them, but your right hand and your arm, and the light of your face, for you delighted in them.

New American Standard Bible
For by their own sword they did not possess the land, And their own arm did not save them, But Your right hand and Your arm and the light of Your presence, For You favored them.

King James Bible
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 a favour unto them.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For they did not take the land by their sword-- their arm did not bring them victory-- but by Your right hand, Your arm, and the light of Your face, for You were pleased with them.

International Standard Version
It was not with their sword that they inherited the land, nor did their own arm deliver them. But it was by your power, your strength, and by the light of your face; because you were pleased with them.

NET Bible
For they did not conquer the land by their swords, and they did not prevail by their strength, but rather by your power, strength and good favor, for you were partial to them.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Because it was not by their sword that they inherited the land, neither their arms that saved them, but your right hand and your arm and the light of your face, for you were pleased with them.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
It was not with their swords that they took possession of the land. They did not gain victory with their own strength. It was your right hand, your arm, and the light of your presence [that did it], because you were pleased with them.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For they did not get the land in inheritance 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 thy delight was in them.

King James 2000 Bible
For they got not the land in possession by their own sword, neither did their own arm save them: but your right hand, and your arm, and the light of your countenance, because you had favor unto them.

American King James Version
For they got not the land in possession by their own sword, neither did their own arm save them: but your right hand, and your arm, and the light of your countenance, because you had a favor to them.

American Standard Version
For they gat 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 wast favorable unto them.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For they got not the possession of the land by their own sword : neither did their own arm save them. But thy right hand and thy arm, and the light of thy countenance : because thou wast pleased with them.

Darby Bible Translation
For not by their own sword did they take possession of the land, neither did their own arm save them; but thy right hand, and thine arm, and the light of thy countenance, because thou hadst delight in them.

English Revised Version
For they gat 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 a favour unto them.

Webster's Bible Translation
For they obtained not the land in possession by their own sword, neither did their own arm save them: but thy right hand, and thy arm, and the light of thy countenance, because thou hadst a favor to them.

World English Bible
For they didn't get the land in possession by their own sword, neither did their own arm save them; but your right hand, and your arm, and the light of your face, because you were favorable to them.

Young's Literal Translation
For, not by their sword Possessed they the land, And their arm gave not salvation to them, But Thy right hand, and Thine arm, And the light of Thy countenance, Because Thou hadst accepted them.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

44:1-8 Former experiences of God's power and goodness are strong supports to faith, and powerful pleas in prayer under present calamities. The many victories Israel obtained, were not by their own strength or merit, but by God's favour and free grace. The less praise this allows us, the more comfort it affords, that we may see all as coming from the favour of God. He fought for Israel, else they had fought in vain. This is applicable to the planting of the Christian church in the world, which was not by any human policy or power. Christ, by his Spirit, went forth conquering and to conquer; and he that planted a church for himself in the world, will support it by the same power and goodness. They trusted and triumphed in and through him. Let him that glories, glory in the Lord. But if they have the comfort of his name, let them give unto him the glory due unto it.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 3. - For they got not the land in possession by their own sword, neither did their own arm save them (comp. Joshua 24:11, 12): but thy right hand, and thine arm, and the light of thy countenance, because thou hadst a favour unto them (see Deuteronomy 4:37, 38; Joshua 24:11, 18).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

For they got not the land in possession by their own sword,.... There were many things which show that the possession of the land of Canaan was not of the Israelites themselves, but of the Lord; as their passing over into it through Jordan as on dry land; the manner in which Jericho, the first city of it, was taken, and the smiting of the Israelites by the men of Ai;

neither did their own arm save them; from their enemies, and deliver them into their hands: they were too apt to ascribe things to their own righteousness, merit, and power; but such methods were taken by the Lord as to prevent such attributions to themselves; see Deuteronomy 8:16;

but thy right hand, and thine arm, and the light of thy countenance; the mighty power of God, his outstretched arm in their favour, and which arose from his pure good will to them;

because thou hadst a favour unto them; was well pleased, and took delight in them; chose them to be a special people to himself, above all people on the face of the earth.



Psalm 44:3 Additional Commentaries
Context
Redeem Us
2You with Your own hand drove out the nations; Then You planted them; You afflicted the peoples, Then You spread them abroad. 3For by their own sword they did not possess the land, And their own arm did not save them, But Your right hand and Your arm and the light of Your presence, For You favored them. 4You are my King, O God; Command victories for Jacob.…
Cross References
Numbers 6:26
the LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace."'

Deuteronomy 4:37
Because he loved your ancestors and chose their descendants after them, he brought you out of Egypt by his Presence and his great strength,

Deuteronomy 7:7
The LORD did not set his affection on you and choose you because you were more numerous than other peoples, for you were the fewest of all peoples.

Deuteronomy 7:8
But it was because the LORD loved you and kept the oath he swore to your ancestors that he brought you out with a mighty hand and redeemed you from the land of slavery, from the power of Pharaoh king of Egypt.

Deuteronomy 8:17
You may say to yourself, "My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me."

Deuteronomy 8:18
But remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.

Deuteronomy 10:15
Yet the LORD set his affection on your ancestors and loved them, and he chose you, their descendants, above all the nations--as it is today.

Joshua 24:12
I sent the hornet ahead of you, which drove them out before you--also the two Amorite kings. You did not do it with your own sword and bow.

Psalm 4:6
Many, LORD, are asking, "Who will bring us prosperity?" Let the light of your face shine on us.

Psalm 42:5
Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.

Psalm 77:10
Then I thought, "To this I will appeal: the years when the Most High stretched out his right hand.

Psalm 77:15
With your mighty arm you redeemed your people, the descendants of Jacob and Joseph.

Psalm 78:42
They did not remember his power-- the day he redeemed them from the oppressor,

Psalm 78:54
And so he brought them to the border of his holy land, to the hill country his right hand had taken.

Psalm 89:15
Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you, who walk in the light of your presence, LORD.

Psalm 106:4
Remember me, LORD, when you show favor to your people, come to my aid when you save them,

Psalm 136:12
with a mighty hand and outstretched arm; His love endures forever.

Isaiah 63:5
I looked, but there was no one to help, I was appalled that no one gave support; so my own arm achieved salvation for me, and my own wrath sustained me.

Jeremiah 32:23
They came in and took possession of it, but they did not obey you or follow your law; they did not do what you commanded them to do. So you brought all this disaster on them.

Hosea 1:7
Yet I will show love to Judah; and I will save them--not by bow, sword or battle, or by horses and horsemen, but I, the LORD their God, will save them."
Treasury of Scripture

For they got not the land in possession by their own sword, neither did their own arm save them: but your right hand, and your arm, and the light of your countenance, because you had a favor to them.

For

Deuteronomy 4:37,38 And because he loved your fathers, therefore he chose their seed after them…

Deuteronomy 8:17,18 And you say in your heart, My power and the might of my hand has …

Joshua 24:12 And I sent the hornet before you, which drove them out from before …

Zechariah 4:6 Then he answered and spoke to me, saying, This is the word of the …

2 Corinthians 4:7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency …

thy right

Psalm 17:7 Show your marvelous loving kindness…

Psalm 20:6 Now know I that the LORD saves his anointed; he will hear him from …

Psalm 74:11 Why withdraw you your hand, even your right hand? pluck it out of your bosom.

Exodus 15:16 Fear and dread shall fall on them; by the greatness of your arm they …

Isaiah 63:12 That led them by the right hand of Moses with his glorious arm, dividing …

light

Psalm 42:5,11 Why are you cast down, O my soul? and why are you disquieted in me? …

Psalm 80:16 It is burned with fire, it is cut down: they perish at the rebuke …

because

Numbers 14:8 If the LORD delight in us, then he will bring us into this land, …

Deuteronomy 7:7,8 The LORD did not set his love on you, nor choose you, because you …

1 Samuel 12:22 For the LORD will not forsake his people for his great name's sake: …

Malachi 1:2,3 I have loved you, said the LORD. Yet you say, Wherein have you loved …

Romans 9:10-15 And not only this; but when Rebecca also had conceived by one, even …

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