A psalm of Asaph.

A Lament for Jerusalem after Its Destruction

1 O God, [the] nations have entered your inheritance; they have defiled your holy temple; they have reduced Jerusalem to ruins.
2 They have given the bodies of your servants as food for the birds of the heavens, the flesh of your faithful to [the] beasts of [the] earth.
3 They have poured out their blood like water all around Jerusalem, and there was none to bury [them].
4 We have become a taunt to our neighbors, a derision and a scorn to those around us.
5 How long, O Yahweh? Will you be angry forever? Will your jealousy burn like fire?
6 Pour out your anger on the nations that do not know you, and on [the] kingdoms that do not call on your name,
7 because they have devoured Jacob and have laid waste his habitation.
8 Do not remember against us former iniquities; let your mercies meet us quickly because we are brought very low.
9 Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of your name; and deliver us and forgive our sins for the sake of your name.
10 Why should the nations say, "Where [is] their God?" Let it be known among the nations before our eyes, [by] the avenging of the blood of your servants that was poured out.
11 Let the groaning of the prisoner come before you. According to the greatness of your {power}, spare [the] children [appointed to] death.
12 And return to our neighbors sevenfold {upon them} their taunts [with] which they taunted you, O Lord.
13 Then we, your people and the flock of your pasture, we will give thanks to you forever. {Generation after generation} we will tell of your praise.