Bible: Psalm 74

Psalm 74 1 

74:1 A well-written song 2  by Asaph.

Why, O God, have you permanently rejected us? 3 

Why does your anger burn 4  against the sheep of your pasture?

74:2 Remember your people 5  whom you acquired in ancient times,

whom you rescued 6  so they could be your very own nation, 7 

as well as Mount Zion, where you dwell!

74:3 Hurry and look 8  at the permanent ruins,

and all the damage the enemy has done to the temple! 9 

74:4 Your enemies roar 10  in the middle of your sanctuary; 11 

they set up their battle flags. 12 

74:5 They invade like lumberjacks

swinging their axes in a thick forest. 13 

74:6 And now 14  they are tearing down 15  all its engravings 16 

with axes 17  and crowbars. 18 

74:7 They set your sanctuary on fire;

they desecrate your dwelling place by knocking it to the ground. 19 

74:8 They say to themselves, 20 

“We will oppress all of them.” 21 

They burn down all the places where people worship God in the land. 22 

74:9 We do not see any signs of God’s presence; 23 

there are no longer any prophets 24 

and we have no one to tell us how long this will last. 25 

74:10 How long, O God, will the adversary hurl insults?

Will the enemy blaspheme your name forever?

74:11 Why do you remain inactive?

Intervene and destroy him! 26 

74:12 But God has been my 27  king from ancient times,

performing acts of deliverance on the earth. 28 

74:13 You destroyed 29  the sea by your strength;

you shattered the heads of the sea monster 30  in the water.

74:14 You crushed the heads of Leviathan; 31 

you fed 32  him to the people who live along the coast. 33 

74:15 You broke open the spring and the stream; 34 

you dried up perpetually flowing rivers. 35 

74:16 You established the cycle of day and night; 36 

you put the moon 37  and sun in place. 38 

74:17 You set up all the boundaries 39  of the earth;

you created the cycle of summer and winter. 40 

74:18 Remember how 41  the enemy hurls insults, O Lord, 42 

and how a foolish nation blasphemes your name!

74:19 Do not hand the life of your dove 43  over to a wild animal!

Do not continue to disregard 44  the lives of your oppressed people!

74:20 Remember your covenant promises, 45 

for the dark regions of the earth are full of places where violence rules. 46 

74:21 Do not let the afflicted be turned back in shame!

Let the oppressed and poor praise your name! 47 

74:22 Rise up, O God! Defend your honor! 48 

Remember how fools insult you all day long! 49 

74:23 Do not disregard 50  what your enemies say, 51 

or the unceasing shouts of those who defy you. 52 

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