Psalm 44:20
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English Standard Version
If we had forgotten the name of our God or spread out our hands to a foreign god,

King James Bible
If we have forgotten the name of our God, or stretched out our hands to a strange god;

American Standard Version
If we have forgotten the name of our God, Or spread forth our hands to a strange god;

Douay-Rheims Bible
If we have forgotten the name of our God, and if we have spread forth our hands to a strange god :

English Revised Version
If we have forgotten the name of our God, or spread forth our hands to a strange god;

Webster's Bible Translation
If we have forgotten the name of our God, or stretched out our hands to a strange god;

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Commentary
Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

(Heb.: 44:14-17) To this defeat is now also added the shame that springs out of it. A distinction is made between the neighbouring nations, or those countries lying immediately round about Israel (סביבות, as in the exactly similar passage Psalm 79:4, cf. Psalm 80:7, which closely resembles it), and the nations of the earth that dwell farther away from Israel. משׁל is here a jesting, taunting proverb, and one that holds Israel up as an example of a nation undergoing chastisement (vid., Habakkuk 2:6). The shaking of the head is, as in Psalm 22:8, a gesture of malicious astonishment. In נגדּי תּמיד (as in Psalm 38:18) we have both the permanent aspect or look and the perpetual consciousness. Instead of "shame covers my face," the expression is "the shame of my face covers me," i.e., it has overwhelmed my entire inward and outward being (cf. concerning the radical notions of בּושׁ, Psalm 6:11, and חפר, Psalm 34:6). The juxtaposition of "enemy and revengeful man" has its origin in Psalm 8:3. In Psalm 44:17 מקּול and מפּני alternate; the former is used of the impression made by the jeering voice, the other of the impression produced by the enraged mien.

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If we

Psalm 44:17 All this is come on us; yet have we not forgotten you, neither have we dealt falsely in your covenant.

Psalm 7:3-5 O LORD my God, If I have done this; if there be iniquity in my hands...

Job 31:5 If I have walked with vanity, or if my foot has hurried to deceit;

stretched

Psalm 68:31 Princes shall come out of Egypt; Ethiopia shall soon stretch out her hands to God.

Exodus 9:29 And Moses said to him, As soon as I am gone out of the city, I will spread abroad my hands to the LORD; and the thunder shall cease...

1 Kings 8:22 And Solomon stood before the altar of the LORD in the presence of all the congregation of Israel...

Job 11:13 If you prepare your heart, and stretch out your hands toward him;

Cross References
Deuteronomy 6:14
You shall not go after other gods, the gods of the peoples who are around you--

Psalm 78:11
They forgot his works and the wonders that he had shown them.

Psalm 81:9
There shall be no strange god among you; you shall not bow down to a foreign god.

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