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?
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.
3 Direct your steps to 9the perpetual ruins; the enemy has destroyed everything in the sanctuary!
4 Your foes have 10roared in the midst of your meeting place; 11they set up their 12own signs for 13signs.
5 They were like those who swing 14axes in a forest of trees.a
6 And all its 15carved wood they broke down with hatchets and hammers.