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, God? Have you rejected us forever? Your anger is burning 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 community, whom you purchased long ago, the tribe whom you redeemed for your possession. Remember Mount Zion, where you live.
3Hurry and look at the permanent ruins, and all the damage the enemy has done to the temple! 3Hurry! Look at the permanent ruins— every calamity the enemy brought upon the Holy Place.
4Your enemies roar in the middle of your sanctuary; they set up their battle flags. 4Those who are opposing you roar where we were meeting with you; they unfurl their war banners as signs.
5They invade like lumberjacks swinging their axes in a thick forest. 5As one blazes a trail through a forest with an ax,
6And now they are tearing down all its engravings with axes and crowbars. 6now they're tearing down all its carved work with hatchets and hammers.
7They set your sanctuary on fire; they desecrate your dwelling place by knocking it to the ground. 7They burned your sanctuary to the ground, desecrating your dwelling place.
8They say to themselves, "We will oppress all of them." They burn down all the places where people worship God in the land. 8They say to themselves, "We'll crush them completely;" They burned down all the meeting places of God 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. 9We see no signs for us; there is no longer a prophet, and no one among us knows the future.
10How long, O God, will the adversary hurl insults? Will the enemy blaspheme your name forever? 10God, how long will the adversary scorn while the enemy despises your name endlessly?
11Why do you remain inactive? Intervene and destroy him! 11Why do you not withdraw your hand— your right hand—from your bosom and destroy them?
12But God has been my king from ancient times, performing acts of deliverance on the earth. 12But God is my king from ancient times, who brings acts of deliverance throughout the earth.
13You destroyed the sea by your strength; you shattered the heads of the sea monster in the water. 13You split the sea by your own power. You shattered the heads of 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 set it as food for desert creatures.
15You broke open the spring and the stream; you dried up perpetually flowing rivers. 15You opened both the spring and the river; you dried up flowing rivers.
16You established the cycle of day and night; you put the moon and sun in place. 16Yours is the day, and yours is 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 scorns the LORD and a foolish people despises 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! 19Don't hand over the life of your dove to beasts; do not continuously forget your afflicted ones.
20Remember your covenant promises, for the dark regions of the earth are full of places where violence rules. 20Pay attention to your covenant, for the dark regions of the earth are full of violence.
21Do not let the afflicted be turned back in shame! Let the oppressed and poor praise your name! 21Don't let the oppressed return in humiliation. The poor and needy will praise your name.
22Rise up, O God! Defend your honor! Remember how fools insult you all day long! 22Get up, God, and prosecute your case— remember that you're being scorned by fools all day long.
23Do not disregard what your enemies say, or the unceasing shouts of those who defy you. 23Don't ignore the shout of those opposing you, The uproar of those who rebel against you continuously.
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Psalm 73
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