Psalm 44:18
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English Standard Version
Our heart has not turned back, nor have our steps departed from your way;

King James Bible
Our heart is not turned back, neither have our steps declined from thy way;

American Standard Version
Our heart is not turned back, Neither have our steps declined from thy way,

Douay-Rheims Bible
And our heart hath not turned back : neither hast thou turned aside our steps from thy way.

English Revised Version
Our heart is not turned back, neither have our steps declined from thy way;

Webster's Bible Translation
Our heart is not turned back, neither have our steps declined from thy way;

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Commentary
Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

(Heb.: 44:10-13) Just as אף signifies imo vero (Psalm 58:3) when it comes after an antecedent clause that is expressly or virtually a negative, it may mean "nevertheless, ho'moos," when it opposes a contrastive to an affirmative assertion, as is very frequently the case with גּם or וגם. True, it does not mean this in itself, but in virtue of its logical relation: we praise Thee, we celebrate Thy name unceasingly - also ( equals nevertheless) Thou hast cast off. From this point the Psalm comes into closest connection with Psalm 89:39, on a still more extended scale, however, with Psalm 60:1-12, which dates from the time of the Syro-Ammonitish war, in which Psalm Psa 44:10 recurs almost word for word. The צבאות are not exactly standing armies (an objection which has been raised against the Maccabean explanation), they are the hosts of the people that are drafted into battle, as in Exodus 12:41, the hosts that went forth out of Egypt. Instead of leading these to victory as their victorious Captain (2 Samuel 5:24), God leaves them to themselves and allows them to be smitten by the enemy. The enemy spoil למו, i.e., just as they like, without meeting with any resistance, to their hearts' content. And whilst He gives over (נתן as in Micah 5:2, and the first יתּן in Isaiah 41:2) one portion of the people as "sheep appointed for food," another becomes a diaspora or dispersion among the heathen, viz., by being sold to them as slaves, and that בּלא־הון, "for not-riches," i.e., for a very low price, a mere nothing. We see from Joel 3:3 in what way this is intended. The form of the litotes is continued in Psalm 44:13: Thou didst not go high in the matter of their purchase-money; the rendering of Maurer is correct: in statuendis pretiis eorum. The ב is in this instance not the Beth of the price as in Psalm 44:13, but, as in the phrase הלּל בּ, the Beth of the sphere and thereby indirectly of the object. רבּה in the sense of the Aramaic רבּי (cf. Proverbs 22:16, and the derivatives תּרבּית, מרבּית), to make a profit, to practise usury (Hupfeld), produces a though that is unworthy of God; vid., on the other hand, Isaiah 52:3. At the heads of the strophe stands (Psalm 44:10) a perfect with an aorist following: ולא תצא is consequently a negative ותּצא. And Psalm 44:18, which sums up the whole, shows that all the rest is also intended to be retrospective.

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heart

Psalm 78:57 But turned back, and dealt unfaithfully like their fathers: they were turned aside like a deceitful bow.

Psalm 125:5 As for such as turn aside to their crooked ways, the LORD shall lead them forth with the workers of iniquity...

1 Kings 15:5 Because David did that which was right in the eyes of the LORD...

Job 34:27 Because they turned back from him, and would not consider any of his ways:

Jeremiah 11:10 They are turned back to the iniquities of their forefathers, which refused to hear my words...

Zephaniah 1:6 And them that are turned back from the LORD; and those that have not sought the LORD, nor inquired for him.

Luke 17:32 Remember Lot's wife.

have

Psalm 119:51,157 The proud have had me greatly in derision: yet have I not declined from your law...

Job 23:11,12 My foot has held his steps, his way have I kept, and not declined...

1 Corinthians 15:58 Therefore, my beloved brothers, be you steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord...

1 Thessalonians 2:10 You are witnesses, and God also, how piously and justly and blamelessly we behaved ourselves among you that believe:

steps. or, goings

Cross References
Job 23:11
My foot has held fast to his steps; I have kept his way and have not turned aside.

Psalm 17:5
My steps have held fast to your paths; my feet have not slipped.

Psalm 78:57
but turned away and acted treacherously like their fathers; they twisted like a deceitful bow.

Psalm 119:51
The insolent utterly deride me, but I do not turn away from your law.

Psalm 119:157
Many are my persecutors and my adversaries, but I do not swerve from your testimonies.

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