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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.

Psalm 75

Thanksgiving for God’s Wondrous Deeds

To the leader: Do Not Destroy. A Psalm of Asaph. A Song.
1 We give thanks to you, O God;
   we give thanks; your name is near.
People tell of your wondrous deeds.


2 At the set time that I appoint
   I will judge with equity.
3 When the earth totters, with all its inhabitants,
   it is I who keep its pillars steady.
          Selah
4 I say to the boastful, ‘Do not boast’,
   and to the wicked, ‘Do not lift up your horn;
5 do not lift up your horn on high,
   or speak with insolent neck.’


6 For not from the east or from the west
   and not from the wilderness comes lifting up;
7 but it is God who executes judgement,
   putting down one and lifting up another.
8 For in the hand of the Lord there is a cup
   with foaming wine, well mixed;
he will pour a draught from it,
   and all the wicked of the earth
   shall drain it down to the dregs.
9 But I will rejoice* for ever;
   I will sing praises to the God of Jacob.


10 All the horns of the wicked I will cut off,
   but the horns of the righteous shall be exalted.

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