Psalm 74
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1A well-written song by Asaph. Why, O God, have you permanently rejected us? Why does your anger burn against the sheep of your pasture? 1A Maskil of Asaph. Why have You rejected us forever, O God? Why does Your anger smolder against the sheep of Your pasture?
2Remember your people whom you acquired in ancient times, whom you rescued so they could be your very own nation, as well as Mount Zion, where you dwell! 2Remember Your congregation, which You purchased long ago and redeemed as the tribe of Your inheritance—Mount Zion where You dwell.
3Hurry and look at the permanent ruins, and all the damage the enemy has done to the temple! 3Turn Your steps to the everlasting ruins, to everything in the sanctuary the enemy has destroyed.
4Your enemies roar in the middle of your sanctuary; they set up their battle flags. 4Your foes have roared within Your meeting place; they have unfurled their banners as signs,
5They invade like lumberjacks swinging their axes in a thick forest. 5like men wielding axes in a thicket of trees
6And now they are tearing down all its engravings with axes and crowbars. 6and smashing all the carvings with hatchets and picks.
7They set your sanctuary on fire; they desecrate your dwelling place by knocking it to the ground. 7They have burned Your sanctuary to the ground; they have defiled the dwelling place of Your Name.
8They say to themselves, "We will oppress all of them." They burn down all the places where people worship God in the land. 8They said in their hearts, “We will crush them completely.” They burned down every place where God met us in the land.
9We do not see any signs of God's presence; there are no longer any prophets and we have no one to tell us how long this will last. 9There are no signs for us to see. There is no longer any prophet. And none of us knows how long this will last.
10How long, O God, will the adversary hurl insults? Will the enemy blaspheme your name forever? 10How long, O God, will the enemy taunt You? Will the foe revile Your name forever?
11Why do you remain inactive? Intervene and destroy him! 11Why do You withdraw Your strong right hand? Stretch it out to destroy them!
12But God has been my king from ancient times, performing acts of deliverance on the earth. 12Yet God is my King from ancient times, working salvation on the earth.
13You destroyed the sea by your strength; you shattered the heads of the sea monster in the water. 13You divided the sea by Your strength; You smashed the heads of the dragons of the sea;
14You crushed the heads of Leviathan; you fed him to the people who live along the coast. 14You crushed the heads of Leviathan; You fed him to the creatures of the desert.
15You broke open the spring and the stream; you dried up perpetually flowing rivers. 15You broke open the fountain and the flood; You dried up the ever-flowing rivers.
16You established the cycle of day and night; you put the moon and sun in place. 16The day is Yours, and also the night; You established the moon and the sun.
17You set up all the boundaries of the earth; you created the cycle of summer and winter. 17You set all the boundaries of the earth; You made the summer and winter.
18Remember how the enemy hurls insults, O LORD, and how a foolish nation blasphemes your name! 18Remember how the enemy has mocked You, O LORD, how a foolish people has spurned Your name.
19Do not hand the life of your dove over to a wild animal! Do not continue to disregard the lives of your oppressed people! 19Do not deliver the soul of Your dove to beasts; do not forget the lives of Your afflicted forever.
20Remember your covenant promises, for the dark regions of the earth are full of places where violence rules. 20Consider Your covenant, for haunts of violence fill the dark places of the land.
21Do not let the afflicted be turned back in shame! Let the oppressed and poor praise your name! 21Do not let the oppressed retreat in shame; may the poor and needy praise Your name.
22Rise up, O God! Defend your honor! Remember how fools insult you all day long! 22Rise up, O God; defend Your cause! Remember how the fool mocks You all day long.
23Do not disregard what your enemies say, or the unceasing shouts of those who defy you. 23Do not disregard the clamor of Your adversaries, the uproar of Your enemies that ascends continually.
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Psalm 73
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