Psalm 74 (The Darby Translation)

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1 {An instruction: of Asaph.} Why, O God, hast thou cast off for ever? [why] doth thine anger smoke against the sheep of thy pasture? 2 Remember thine assembly, which thou hast purchased of old, which thou hast redeemed a [to be] the portion b of thine inheritance, this mount Zion, wherein thou hast dwelt. 3 Lift up thy steps unto the perpetual desolations: everything in the sanctuary hath the enemy destroyed. 4 Thine adversaries c roar in the midst of thy place of assembly; they set up their signs [for] signs. d 5 [A man] was known as he could lift up axes in the thicket of trees; 6 And now they break down its carved work altogether, with hatchets and hammers. 7 They have set on fire thy sanctuary, they have profaned the habitation e of thy name to the ground. 8 They said in their heart, Let us destroy f them together: they have burned up all God's places of assembly in the land. 9 We see not our signs; there is no more any prophet, neither is there among us any that knoweth how long. 10 How long, O God, shall the adversary reproach? Shall the enemy contemn thy name for ever? 11 Why withdrawest thou thy hand, and thy right hand? [pluck it] out of thy bosom: consume [them]. 12 But God is my king of old, accomplishing deliverances in the midst of the earth. 13 *Thou* didst divide the sea by thy strength; thou didst break the heads of the monsters on the waters: 14 *Thou* didst break in pieces the heads of leviathan, g thou gavest him to be meat to those h that people the desert. 15 *Thou* didst cleave fountain and torrent, *thou* driedst up ever-flowing rivers. 16 The day is thine, the night also is thine; *thou* hast prepared the moon i and the sun: 17 *Thou* hast set all the borders of the earth; summer and winter -- *thou* didst form them. 18 Remember this, that an enemy hath reproached Jehovah, and a foolish j people have contemned thy name. 19 Give not up the soul of thy turtle-dove unto the wild beast; k forget not the troop l of thine afflicted for ever. 20 Have respect unto the covenant; for the dark places of the earth are full of the dwellings of violence. 21 Oh let not the oppressed one return ashamed; let the afflicted and needy praise thy name. 22 Rise up, O God, plead thine own cause: remember how the foolish man reproacheth thee all the day; 23 Forget not the voice of thine adversaries: the tumult of those that rise up against thee ascendeth continually.
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