A maskil of Asaph.

A Lament in Time of National Defeat

1 Why, O God, have you rejected [us] forever? [Why] does your anger smoke against the sheep of your pasture?
2 Remember your congregation [that] you bought long ago, [when] you redeemed the tribe of your inheritance. [Remember] {Mount Zion} where you have dwelt.
3 Lift your steps to the perpetual ruins, [to] all [that the] enemy has ruined in the sanctuary.
4 Your enemies have roared in the midst of your meeting place; they have set up their signs [for] signs.
5 They are known [to be] like [those who] {wield} axes in a thicket of trees.
6 And now its carved works altogether they have smashed with axe and hammer.
7 They have set fire to your sanctuary. They have defiled to the ground, the dwelling place for your name.
8 They have said in their heart, "We will completely oppress them." They burned all the meeting places of God in the land.
9 We do not see our signs, and there is no longer a prophet. No one with us knows how long.
10 How long, O God, will [the] adversary taunt? Will [the] enemy treat your name with contempt forever?
11 Why do you draw back your hand, even your right hand? [Take it] from your bosom; destroy [them]!
12 But God [has been] my king from long ago, working salvation in the midst of the earth.
13 You split open [the] sea by your strength; You broke [the] heads of [the] sea monsters in the waters.
14 You crushed the heads of Leviathan; you gave him [as] food to [the] desert dwelling creatures.
15 You split open spring and wadi. You dried up ever-flowing rivers.
16 Yours [is the] day, yours [is the] night also. You established light and [the] sun.
17 You defined all [the] boundaries of [the] earth; Summer and winter--you formed them.
18 O Yahweh, remember this: [the] enemy taunts, and foolish people treat your name with contempt.
19 Do not give to beasts the life of your dove; do not ever forget the life of your afflicted ones.
20 Have regard for the covenant, because [the] dark places of [the] land are full of [the] haunts of violence.
21 Do not let [the] oppressed turn back humiliated; let [the] poor and needy praise your name.
22 Rise up, O God, plead your cause; remember the reproaching of you by [the] foolish {all day long}.
23 Do not forget the sound of your adversaries, the roar of those rising up against you ascending continually.