Psalm 74:3
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New American Standard Bible
Turn Your footsteps toward the perpetual ruins; The enemy has damaged everything within the sanctuary.

King James Bible
Lift up thy feet unto the perpetual desolations; even all that the enemy hath done wickedly in the sanctuary.

Darby Bible Translation
Lift up thy steps unto the perpetual desolations: everything in the sanctuary hath the enemy destroyed.

World English Bible
Lift up your feet to the perpetual ruins, all the evil that the enemy has done in the sanctuary.

Young's Literal Translation
Lift up Thy steps to the perpetual desolations, Everything the enemy did wickedly in the sanctuary.

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Barnes' Notes on the Bible

Lift up thy feet - That is, Advance, or draw near. Come and look directly and personally on the desolations which now exist in the holy city.

Unto the perpetual desolations - Hebrew, "the ruins of perpetuity," or eternity; that is, such as have been long continued, and threaten to continue forever. The ruin had not suddenly come, and it did not seem likely soon to pass away, but appeared to be entire and permanent. The destruction of the city seemed to be complete and final.

Even all that the enemy hath done wickedly - That is, with wicked intent and purpose. The reference seems to be to the Chaldeans, and to the ruin which they had brought upon the temple and city.

In the sanctuary - That is, either Jerusalem, considered as a holy place; or the temple, the place of the public worship of God.

Psalm 74:3 Parallel Commentaries

How those are to be Admonished who Abstain not from the Sins which they Bewail, and those Who, Abstaining from Them, Bewail them Not.
(Admonition 31.) Differently to be admonished are those who lament their transgressions, and yet forsake them not, and those who forsake them, and yet lament them not. For those who lament their transgressions and yet forsake them not are to be admonished to learn to consider anxiously that they cleanse themselves in vain by their weeping, if they wickedly defile themselves in their living, seeing that the end for which they wash themselves in tears is that, when clean, they may return to filth.
Leo the Great—Writings of Leo the Great

Synagogues: their Origin, Structure and Outward Arrangements
It was a beautiful saying of Rabbi Jochanan (Jer. Ber. v. 1), that he who prays in his house surrounds and fortifies it, so to speak, with a wall of iron. Nevertheless, it seems immediately contradicted by what follows. For it is explained that this only holds good where a man is alone, but that where there is a community prayer should be offered in the synagogue. We can readily understand how, after the destruction of the Temple, and the cessation of its symbolical worship, the excessive value attached
Alfred Edersheim—Sketches of Jewish Social Life

Cross References
2 Kings 25:9
He burned the house of the LORD, the king's house, and all the houses of Jerusalem; even every great house he burned with fire.

Psalm 79:1
A Psalm of Asaph. O God, the nations have invaded Your inheritance; They have defiled Your holy temple; They have laid Jerusalem in ruins.

Isaiah 61:4
Then they will rebuild the ancient ruins, They will raise up the former devastations; And they will repair the ruined cities, The desolations of many generations.

Isaiah 63:18
Your holy people possessed Your sanctuary for a little while, Our adversaries have trodden it down.

Jeremiah 51:51
We are ashamed because we have heard reproach; Disgrace has covered our faces, For aliens have entered The holy places of the LORD'S house.

Lamentations 2:7
The Lord has rejected His altar, He has abandoned His sanctuary; He has delivered into the hand of the enemy The walls of her palaces. They have made a noise in the house of the LORD As in the day of an appointed feast.

Ezekiel 5:14
'Moreover, I will make you a desolation and a reproach among the nations which surround you, in the sight of all who pass by.

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