Psalm 74
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1Why, God? Have you rejected us forever? Your anger is burning against the sheep of your pasture.1O God, why do you cast us off forever? Why does your anger smoke against the sheep of your pasture?
2Remember your community, whom you purchased long ago, the tribe whom you redeemed for your possession. Remember Mount Zion, where you live.2Remember your congregation, which you have purchased of old, which you have redeemed to be the tribe of your heritage! Remember Mount Zion, where you have dwelt.
3Hurry! Look at the permanent ruins— every calamity the enemy brought upon the Holy Place.3Direct your steps to the perpetual ruins; the enemy has destroyed everything in the sanctuary!
4Those who are opposing you roar where we were meeting with you; they unfurl their war banners as signs.4Your foes have roared in the midst of your meeting place; they set up their own signs for signs.
5As one blazes a trail through a forest with an ax,5They were like those who swing axes in a forest of trees.
6now they're tearing down all its carved work with hatchets and hammers.6And all its carved wood they broke down with hatchets and hammers.
7They burned your sanctuary to the ground, desecrating your dwelling place.7They set your sanctuary on fire; they profaned the dwelling place of your name, bringing it down to the ground.
8They say to themselves, "We'll crush them completely;" They burned down all the meeting places of God in the land.8They said to themselves, “We will utterly subdue them”; they burned all the meeting places of God in the land.
9We see no signs for us; there is no longer a prophet, and no one among us knows the future. 9We do not see our signs; there is no longer any prophet, and there is none among us who knows how long.
10God, how long will the adversary scorn while the enemy despises your name endlessly?10How long, O God, is the foe to scoff? Is the enemy to revile your name forever?
11Why do you not withdraw your hand— your right hand—from your bosom and destroy them? 11Why do you hold back your hand, your right hand? Take it from the fold of your garment and destroy them!
12But God is my king from ancient times, who brings acts of deliverance throughout the earth.12Yet God my King is from of old, working salvation in the midst of the earth.
13You split the sea by your own power. You shattered the heads of sea monsters in the water.13You divided the sea by your might; you broke the heads of the sea monsters on the waters.
14You crushed the heads of Leviathan. You set it as food for desert creatures. 14You crushed the heads of Leviathan; you gave him as food for the creatures of the wilderness.
15You opened both the spring and the river; you dried up flowing rivers.15You split open springs and brooks; you dried up ever-flowing streams.
16Yours is the day, and yours is the night; you established the moon and the sun.16Yours is the day, yours also the night; you have established the heavenly lights and the sun.
17You set all the boundaries of the earth; you made summer and winter.17You have fixed all the boundaries of the earth; you have made summer and winter.
18Remember this: The enemy scorns the LORD and a foolish people despises your name.18Remember this, O LORD, how the enemy scoffs, and a foolish people reviles your name.
19Don't hand over the life of your dove to beasts; do not continuously forget your afflicted ones.19Do not deliver the soul of your dove to the wild beasts; do not forget the life of your poor forever.
20Pay attention to your covenant, for the dark regions of the earth are full of violence.20Have regard for the covenant, for the dark places of the land are full of the habitations of violence.
21Don't let the oppressed return in humiliation. The poor and needy will praise your name.21Let not the downtrodden turn back in shame; let the poor and needy praise your name.
22Get up, God, and prosecute your case— remember that you're being scorned by fools all day long.22Arise, O God, defend your cause; remember how the foolish scoff at you all the day!
23Don't ignore the shout of those opposing you, The uproar of those who rebel against you continuously.23Do not forget the clamor of your foes, the uproar of those who rise against you, which goes up continually!
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Psalm 73
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