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Psalm 74

Plea for Help in Time of National Humiliation

A Maskil of Asaph.
1 O God, why do you cast us off for ever?
   Why does your anger smoke against the sheep of your pasture?
2 Remember your congregation, which you acquired long ago,
   which you redeemed to be the tribe of your heritage.
   Remember Mount Zion, where you came to dwell.
3 Direct your steps to the perpetual ruins;
   the enemy has destroyed everything in the sanctuary.


4 Your foes have roared within your holy place;
   they set up their emblems there.
5 At the upper entrance they hacked
   the wooden trellis with axes.*
6 And then, with hatchets and hammers,
   they smashed all its carved work.
7 They set your sanctuary on fire;
   they desecrated the dwelling-place of your name,
   bringing it to the ground.
8 They said to themselves, ‘We will utterly subdue them’;
   they burned all the meeting-places of God in the land.


9 We do not see our emblems;
   there is no longer any prophet,
   and there is no one among us who knows how long.
10 How long, O God, is the foe to scoff?
   Is the enemy to revile your name for ever?
11 Why do you hold back your hand;
   why do you keep your hand in* your bosom?


12 Yet God my King is from of old,
   working salvation in the earth.
13 You divided the sea by your might;
   you broke the heads of the dragons in the waters.
14 You crushed the heads of Leviathan;
   you gave him as food* for the creatures of the wilderness.
15 You cut openings for springs and torrents;
   you dried up ever-flowing streams.
16 Yours is the day, yours also the night;
   you established the luminaries* and the sun.
17 You have fixed all the bounds of the earth;
   you made summer and winter.


18 Remember this, O Lord, how the enemy scoffs,
   and an impious people reviles your name.
19 Do not deliver the soul of your dove to the wild animals;
   do not forget the life of your poor for ever.


20 Have regard for your* covenant,
   for the dark places of the land are full of the haunts of violence.
21 Do not let the downtrodden be put to shame;
   let the poor and needy praise your name.
22 Rise up, O God, plead your cause;
   remember how the impious scoff at you all day long.
23 Do not forget the clamour of your foes,
   the uproar of your adversaries that goes up continually.

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