Psalm 79
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1A Psalm of Asaph. O God, the nations have come into Your inheritance; Your holy temple they have defiled; They have laid Jerusalem in heaps.1God, the nations have invaded your inheritance, desecrated your holy temple, and turned Jerusalem into ruins.
2The dead bodies of Your servants They have given as food for the birds of the heavens, The flesh of Your saints to the beasts of the earth.2They gave the corpses of your servants to the birds of the sky for food, the flesh of your faithful ones to the beasts of the earth.
3Their blood they have shed like water all around Jerusalem, And there was no one to bury them.3They poured out their blood like water all around Jerusalem, and there was no one to bury them.
4We have become a reproach to our neighbors, A scorn and derision to those who are around us.4We have become an object of reproach to our neighbors, a source of mockery and ridicule to those around us.
5How long, LORD? Will You be angry forever? Will Your jealousy burn like fire?5How long, LORD? Will you be angry forever? Will your jealousy keep burning like fire?
6Pour out Your wrath on the nations that do not know You, And on the kingdoms that do not call on Your name.6Pour out your wrath on the nations that don't acknowledge you, on the kingdoms that don't call on your name,
7For they have devoured Jacob, And laid waste his dwelling place.7for they have devoured Jacob and devastated his homeland.
8Oh, do not remember former iniquities against us! Let Your tender mercies come speedily to meet us, For we have been brought very low.8Do not hold past iniquities against us; let your compassion come to us quickly, for we have become very weak.
9Help us, O God of our salvation, For the glory of Your name; And deliver us, and provide atonement for our sins, For Your name’s sake!9God of our salvation, help us--for the glory of your name. Rescue us and atone for our sins, for your name's sake.
10Why should the nations say, “Where is their God?” Let there be known among the nations in our sight The avenging of the blood of Your servants which has been shed.10Why should the nations ask, "Where is their God?" Before our eyes, let vengeance for the shed blood of your servants be known among the nations.
11Let the groaning of the prisoner come before You; According to the greatness of Your power Preserve those who are appointed to die;11Let the groans of the prisoners reach you; according to your great power, preserve those condemned to die.
12And return to our neighbors sevenfold into their bosom Their reproach with which they have reproached You, O Lord.12Pay back sevenfold to our neighbors the reproach they have hurled at you, Lord.
13So we, Your people and sheep of Your pasture, Will give You thanks forever; We will show forth Your praise to all generations.13Then we, your people, the sheep of your pasture, will thank you forever; we will declare your praise to generation after generation.
The Holy Bible, New King James Version, Copyright © 1982 Thomas Nelson. All rights reserved.The Christian Standard Bible. Copyright © 2017 by Holman Bible Publishers. Used by permission.
Psalm 78
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