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? 1O God, why have you rejected us so long? Why is your anger so intense against the sheep of your own 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 that we are the people you chose long ago, the tribe you redeemed as your own special possession! And remember Jerusalem, your home here on earth.
3Hurry and look at the permanent ruins, and all the damage the enemy has done to the temple! 3Walk through the awful ruins of the city; see how the enemy has destroyed your sanctuary.
4Your enemies roar in the middle of your sanctuary; they set up their battle flags. 4There your enemies shouted their victorious battle cries; there they set up their battle standards.
5They invade like lumberjacks swinging their axes in a thick forest. 5They swung their axes like woodcutters in a forest.
6And now they are tearing down all its engravings with axes and crowbars. 6With axes and picks, they smashed the carved paneling.
7They set your sanctuary on fire; they desecrate your dwelling place by knocking it to the ground. 7They burned your sanctuary to the ground. They defiled the place that bears 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. 8Then they thought, “Let’s destroy everything!” So they burned down all the places where God was worshiped.
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 no longer see your miraculous signs. All the prophets are gone, and no one can tell us when it will end.
10How long, O God, will the adversary hurl insults? Will the enemy blaspheme your name forever? 10How long, O God, will you allow our enemies to insult you? Will you let them dishonor your name forever?
11Why do you remain inactive? Intervene and destroy him! 11Why do you hold back your strong right hand? Unleash your powerful fist and destroy them.
12But God has been my king from ancient times, performing acts of deliverance on the earth. 12You, O God, are my king from ages past, bringing salvation to 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 strength and smashed the heads of the sea monsters.
14You crushed the heads of Leviathan; you fed him to the people who live along the coast. 14You crushed the heads of Leviathan and let the desert animals eat him.
15You broke open the spring and the stream; you dried up perpetually flowing rivers. 15You caused the springs and streams to gush forth, and you dried up rivers that never run dry.
16You established the cycle of day and night; you put the moon and sun in place. 16Both day and night belong to you; you made the starlight and the sun.
17You set up all the boundaries of the earth; you created the cycle of summer and winter. 17You set the boundaries of the earth, and you made both summer and winter.
18Remember how the enemy hurls insults, O LORD, and how a foolish nation blasphemes your name! 18See how these enemies insult you, LORD. A foolish nation has dishonored 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 let these wild beasts destroy your turtledoves. Don’t forget your suffering people forever.
20Remember your covenant promises, for the dark regions of the earth are full of places where violence rules. 20Remember your covenant promises, for the land is full of darkness and violence!
21Do not let the afflicted be turned back in shame! Let the oppressed and poor praise your name! 21Don’t let the downtrodden be humiliated again. Instead, let the poor and needy praise your name.
22Rise up, O God! Defend your honor! Remember how fools insult you all day long! 22Arise, O God, and defend your cause. Remember how these fools insult you all day long.
23Do not disregard what your enemies say, or the unceasing shouts of those who defy you. 23Don’t overlook what your enemies have said or their growing uproar.
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Psalm 73
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