Psalms 79

Psalm 791

A psalm of Asaph.

79:1 O God, foreigners2 have invaded your chosen land;3

they have polluted your holy temple

and turned Jerusalem4 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 rage9 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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