Arise, O God, Defend Your Cause

A Maskil of Asaph.

1 O God, why do you 1cast us off forever? Why does your anger 2smoke against 3the sheep of your pasture?

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2 4Remember your congregation, which you have 5purchased of old, which you have 6redeemed to be 7the tribe of your heritage! Remember Mount Zion, 8where you have dwelt.

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3 Direct your steps to 9the perpetual ruins; the enemy has destroyed everything in the sanctuary!

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4 Your foes have 10roared in the midst of your meeting place; 11they set up their 12own signs for 13signs.

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      5 They were like those who swing 14axes in a forest of trees.a

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        • ð 74:5 - The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain
          6 And all its 15carved wood they broke down with hatchets and hammers.

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          7 They 16set your sanctuary on fire; they 17profaned 18the dwelling place of your name, bringing it down to the ground.

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          8 They 19said to themselves, "We will utterly subdue them"; they burned all the meeting places of God in the land.

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          9 We do not see our 20signs; 21there is no longer any prophet, and there is none among us who knows how long.

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          10 How long, O God, 22is the foe to scoff? Is the enemy to revile your name forever?

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          11 Why 23do you hold back your hand, your right hand? Take it from the fold of your garmentb and destroy them!

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            • ñ 74:11 - Hebrew from your bosom
              12 Yet 24God my King is from of old, working salvation in the midst of the earth.

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              13 You 25divided the sea by your might; you 26broke the heads of 27the sea monstersc on the waters.

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                • ò 74:13 - Or the great sea creatures
                  14 You crushed the heads of 28Leviathan; you gave him as food for the creatures of the wilderness.

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                  15 You 29split open springs and brooks; you 30dried up ever-flowing streams.
                  16 Yours is the day, yours also the night; you have established 31the heavenly lights and the sun.

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                  17 You have 32fixed all the boundaries of the earth; you have made 33summer and winter.

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                  18 34Remember this, O LORD, how the enemy scoffs, and 35a foolish people reviles your name.

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                  19 Do not deliver the soul of your 36dove to the wild beasts; 37do not forget the life of your poor forever.

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                  20 Have regard for 38the covenant, for 39the dark places of the land are full of the habitations of violence.
                  21 Let not 40the downtrodden 41turn back in shame; let 42the poor and needy praise your name.

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                  22 Arise, O God, 43defend your cause; 44remember how the foolish scoff at you all the day!

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                      23 Do not forget the clamor of your foes, 45the uproar of those who rise against you, which goes up continually!

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