Bible: Psalms 79

Psalm 79 1 

79:1 A psalm of Asaph.

O God, foreigners 2  have invaded your chosen land; 3 

they have polluted your holy temple

and turned Jerusalem 4  into a heap of ruins.

79:2 They have given the corpses of your servants

to the birds of the sky; 5 

the flesh of your loyal followers

to the beasts of the earth.

79:3 They have made their blood flow like water

all around Jerusalem, and there is no one to bury them. 6 

79:4 We have become an object of disdain to our neighbors;

those who live on our borders taunt and insult us. 7 

79:5 How long will this go on, O Lord? 8 

Will you stay angry forever?

How long will your rage 9  burn like fire?

79:6 Pour out your anger on the nations that do not acknowledge you, 10 

on the kingdoms that do not pray to you! 11 

79:7 For they have devoured Jacob

and destroyed his home.

79:8 Do not hold us accountable for the sins of earlier generations! 12 

Quickly send your compassion our way, 13 

for we are in serious trouble! 14 

79:9 Help us, O God, our deliverer!

For the sake of your glorious reputation, 15  rescue us!

Forgive our sins for the sake of your reputation! 16 

79:10 Why should the nations say, “Where is their God?”

Before our very eyes may the shed blood of your servants

be avenged among the nations! 17 

79:11 Listen to the painful cries of the prisoners! 18 

Use your great strength to set free those condemned to die! 19 

79:12 Pay back our neighbors in full! 20 

May they be insulted the same way they insulted you, O Lord! 21 

79:13 Then we, your people, the sheep of your pasture,

will continually thank you. 22 

We will tell coming generations of your praiseworthy acts. 23 

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