Psalms 74

Psalm 741

A well-written song2 by Asaph.

74:1 Why, O God, have you permanently rejected us?3

Why does your anger burn4 against the sheep of your pasture?

74:2 Remember your people5 whom you acquired in ancient times,

whom you rescued6 so they could be your very own nation,7

as well as Mount Zion, where you dwell!

74:3 Hurry and look8 at the permanent ruins,

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

74:4 Your enemies roar10 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 now14 they are tearing down15 all its engravings16

with axes17 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 prophets24

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 my27 king from ancient times,

performing acts of deliverance on the earth.28

74:13 You destroyed29 the sea by your strength;

you shattered the heads of the sea monster30 in the water.

74:14 You crushed the heads of Leviathan;31

you fed32 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 moon37 and sun in place.38

74:17 You set up all the boundaries39 of the earth;

you created the cycle of summer and winter.40

74:18 Remember how41 the enemy hurls insults, O Lord,42

and how a foolish nation blasphemes your name!

74:19 Do not hand the life of your dove43 over to a wild animal!

Do not continue to disregard44 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 disregard50 what your enemies say,51

or the unceasing shouts of those who defy you.52

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