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 [to be] the portion of thine inheritance, this mount Zion, wherein thou hast dwelt.
References for Psalms 74:2
    • a 74:2 - As Ps. 69.18, &c.
    • b 74:2 - Lit. 'staff [for measuring];' or 'tribe.'
      3 Lift up thy steps unto the perpetual desolations: everything in the sanctuary hath the enemy destroyed.
      4 Thine adversaries roar in the midst of thy place of assembly; they set up their signs [for] signs.
      References for Psalms 74:4
        • c 74:4 - Tzar, Ps. 8.2.
        • d 74:4 - See Ex. 4.17; 10.2.
          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 of thy name to the ground.
          References for Psalms 74:7
            • e 74:7 - Mishkan, used for 'tabernacle,' Ex. 25.9, &c.; 2Chron. 29.6, Ps. 78.60. Also 'dwelleth,' Ps. 26.8.
              8 They said in their heart, Let us destroy them together: they have burned up all God's places of assembly in the land.
              References for Psalms 74:8
                • f 74:8 - Or 'oppress.'
                  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, thou gavest him to be meat to those that people the desert.
                  References for Psalms 74:14
                    • g 74:14 - As Job 3.8.
                    • h 74:14 - i.e. the wild beasts.
                      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 and the sun:
                      References for Psalms 74:16
                        • i 74:16 - Lit. 'light-bearer,' i.e. what gives light, as Gen. 1.14-16; Ex. 25.6.
                          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 people have contemned thy name.
                          References for Psalms 74:18
                            • j 74:18 - Or 'vile,' 'impious:' see ver. 22 and Ps. 53.1.
                              19 Give not up the soul of thy turtle-dove unto the wild beast; forget not the troop of thine afflicted for ever.
                              References for Psalms 74:19
                                • k 74:19 - Or 'Give not up thy turtle-dove unto the greedy troop' (or 'herd').
                                • l 74:19 - Others, 'life,' as 'flock,' Ps. 68.10.
                                  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.