O Lord our God, why cast us off so utterly :
why does your anger burn against the sheep of your pasture?
Remember your congregation, whom you took to yourself of old :
the people that you redeemed to be your own possession,
and Mount Zion where you have dwelt.
Rouse yourself and go to the utter ruins :
to all the harm that the enemy has done in the sanctuary.
Your adversaries have made uproar
in the place appointed for your praise :
they have set up their standards in triumph.
They have destroyed on every side :
like those who take axes up to a thicket of trees.
All the carved woodwork they have broken down :
and smashed it with hammers and hatchets.
They have set fire to your sanctuary :
and defiled to the ground the dwelling-place of your name.
They have said in their hearts Let us make havoc of them :
they have burned down all the holy places of God in the land.
We see no signs, there is not one prophet left :
there is none who knows how long these things shall be.
How long shall the adversary taunt you, O God :
shall the enemy blaspheme your name for ever?
Why do you hold back your hand :
why do you keep your right hand in your bosom?
Yet God is my king from of old :
who wrought deliverance upon the earth.
You divided the sea by your might :
you shattered the heads of the dragons in the waters.
You crushed the heads of Leviathan :
and gave him as food to the creatures of the desert waste.
You cleft open spring and fountain :
you dried up the everflowing waters.
The day is yours, and so also is the night :
you have established the moon and the sun.
You set all the boundaries of the earth :
you created winter and summer.
Remember, O Lord, the taunts of the enemy :
how a mindless people have blasphemed your name.
Do not give to the wild beasts the soul that praises you :
do not forget for ever the life of your afflicted.
Look on all that you have made :
for it is full of darkness, and violence inhabits the earth.
Let not the oppressed and reviled turn away rejected :
but let the poor and needy praise your name.
Arise, O God, plead your own cause :
remember how a mindless people taunt you all day long.
Do not forget the clamour of your adversaries :
or how the shouting of your enemies ascends continually.