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? 1Why have you rejected us forever, God? Why does your anger burn 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 for your own possession. Remember Mount Zion where you dwell.
3Hurry and look at the permanent ruins, and all the damage the enemy has done to the temple! 3Make your way to the perpetual ruins, to all that the enemy has destroyed in the sanctuary.
4Your enemies roar in the middle of your sanctuary; they set up their battle flags. 4Your adversaries roared in the meeting place where you met with us. They set up their emblems as signs.
5They invade like lumberjacks swinging their axes in a thick forest. 5It was like men in a thicket of trees, wielding axes,
6And now they are tearing down all its engravings with axes and crowbars. 6then 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 set your sanctuary on fire; they utterly desecrated 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, "Let us oppress them relentlessly." They burned every place throughout the land where God met with us.
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 a 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? 10God, how long will the enemy mock? Will the foe insult your name forever?
11Why do you remain inactive? Intervene and destroy him! 11Why do you hold back your hand? Stretch out your right hand and destroy them!
12But God has been my king from ancient times, performing acts of deliverance on the earth. 12God my King is from ancient times, performing saving acts 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 with your strength; you smashed the heads of the sea monsters in the water;
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 opened up springs and streams; you dried up ever-flowing rivers.
16You established the cycle of day and night; you put the moon and sun in place. 16The day is yours, 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 summer and winter.
18Remember how the enemy hurls insults, O LORD, and how a foolish nation blasphemes your name! 18Remember this: the enemy has mocked the LORD, and a foolish people has insulted 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 give to beasts the life of your dove; do not forget the lives of your poor people forever.
20Remember your covenant promises, for the dark regions of the earth are full of places where violence rules. 20Consider the covenant, for the dark places of the land are full of violence.
21Do not let the afflicted be turned back in shame! Let the oppressed and poor praise your name! 21Do not let the oppressed turn away in shame; let the poor and needy praise your name.
22Rise up, O God! Defend your honor! Remember how fools insult you all day long! 22Rise up, God, champion your cause! Remember the insults that fools bring against you all day long.
23Do not disregard what your enemies say, or the unceasing shouts of those who defy you. 23Do not forget the clamor of your adversaries, the tumult of your opponents that goes up constantly.
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Psalm 73
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