|[A Maskil of Asaph.]|
|O God, why dost thou cast us off for ever? |
Why does thy anger smoke against the sheep of thy pasture?
|National Lament over a Devastated Land. Psalm 74(v73)|
|Remember thy congregation, which thou hast gotten of old, |
which thou hast redeemed to be the tribe of thy heritage!
Remember Mount Zion, where thou hast dwelt.
|Direct thy steps to the perpetual ruins; |
the enemy has destroyed everything in the sanctuary!
|Thy foes have roared in the midst of thy holy place; |
they set up their own signs for signs.
|At the upper entrance |
they hacked the wooden trellis with axes.
|And then all its carved wood |
they broke down with hatchets and hammers.
|They set thy sanctuary on fire; |
to the ground they desecrated the dwelling place of thy name.
|They said to themselves, "We will utterly subdue them"; |
they burned all the meeting places of God in the land.
|We do not see our signs; |
there is no longer any prophet,
and there is none among us who knows how long.
|How long, O God, is the foe to scoff? |
Is the enemy to revile thy name for ever?
|Why dost thou hold back thy hand, |
why dost thou keep thy right hand in thy bosom?
|Yet God my King is from of old, |
working salvation in the midst of the earth.
|Thou didst divide the sea by thy might; |
thou didst break the heads of the dragons on the waters.
|Thou didst crush the heads of Leviathan, |
thou didst give him as food for the creatures of the wilderness.
|Thou didst cleave open springs and brooks; |
thou didst dry up ever-flowing streams.
|Thine is the day, thine also the night; |
thou hast established the luminaries and the sun.
|Thou hast fixed all the bounds of the earth; |
thou hast made summer and winter.
|Remember this, O LORD, how the enemy scoffs, |
and an impious people reviles thy name.
|Do not deliver the soul of thy dove to the wild beasts; |
do not forget the life of thy poor for ever.
|Have regard for thy covenant; |
for the dark places of the land are full of the habitations of violence.
|Let not the downtrodden be put to shame; |
let the poor and needy praise thy name.
|Arise, O God, plead thy cause; |
remember how the impious scoff at thee all the day!
|Do not forget the clamour of thy foes,|
the uproar of thy adversaries which goes up continually!
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