Psalm 74
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1Why, God? Have you rejected us forever? Your anger is burning against the sheep of your pasture.1A Maskil of Asaph. Why have You rejected us forever, God? Why does Your anger burn 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 purchased long ago and redeemed as the tribe for Your own possession. Remember Mount Zion where You dwell.
3Hurry! Look at the permanent ruins— every calamity the enemy brought upon the Holy Place.3Make Your way to the everlasting ruins, to all that the enemy has destroyed in the sanctuary.
4Those who are opposing you roar where we were meeting with you; they unfurl their war banners as signs.4Your adversaries roared in the meeting place where You met with us. They set up their emblems as signs.
5As one blazes a trail through a forest with an ax,5It was like men in a thicket of trees, wielding axes,
6now they're tearing down all its carved work with hatchets and hammers.6then smashing all the carvings with hatchets and picks.
7They burned your sanctuary to the ground, desecrating your dwelling place.7They set Your sanctuary on fire; they utterly desecrated the dwelling place of Your name.
8They say to themselves, "We'll crush them completely;" They burned down all the meeting places of God in the land.8They said in their hearts," Let us oppress them relentlessly." They burned down every place throughout the land where God met with us.
9We see no signs for us; there is no longer a prophet, and no one among us knows the future. 9There are no signs for us to see. There is no longer a prophet. And none of us knows how long this will last.
10God, how long will the adversary scorn while the enemy despises your name endlessly?10God, how long will the enemy mock? Will the foe insult 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? Stretch out Your right hand and destroy them!
12But God is my king from ancient times, who brings acts of deliverance throughout the earth.12God my King is from ancient times, performing saving acts on the earth.
13You split the sea by your own power. You shattered the heads of sea monsters in the water.13You divided the sea with Your strength; You smashed the heads of the sea monsters in the waters;
14You crushed the heads of Leviathan. You set it as food for desert creatures. 14You crushed the heads of Leviathan; You fed him to the creatures of the desert.
15You opened both the spring and the river; you dried up flowing rivers.15You opened up springs and streams; You dried up ever-flowing rivers.
16Yours is the day, and yours is the night; you established the moon and the sun.16The day is Yours, also the night; You established the moon and the sun.
17You set all the boundaries of the earth; you made summer and winter.17You set all the boundaries of the earth; You made summer and winter.
18Remember this: The enemy scorns the LORD and a foolish people despises your name.18Remember this: the enemy has mocked Yahweh, and a foolish people has insulted Your name.
19Don't hand over the life of your dove to beasts; do not continuously forget your afflicted ones.19Do not give the life of Your dove to beasts; do not forget the lives of Your poor people forever.
20Pay attention to your covenant, for the dark regions of the earth are full of violence.20Consider the covenant, for the dark places of the land are full of violence.
21Don't let the oppressed return in humiliation. The poor and needy will praise your name.21Do not let the oppressed turn away 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.22Rise up, God, defend Your cause! Remember the insults that fools bring against You all day long.
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 adversaries, the tumult of Your opponents that goes up constantly.
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Psalm 73
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