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.

References for Psalms 79:1

    • a 79:1 - The Hebrew Bible counts the superscription as the first verse of the psalm
      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.

      References for Psalms 79:7

        • b 79:7 - Hebrew "he"
          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.

          References for Psalms 79:9

            • c 79:9 - Hebrew "make atonement for"
              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.

              References for Psalms 79:10

                • d 79:10 - That is, God's name
                  11 Let the groaning of the prisoner come before you. According to the greatness of your {power}, spare [the] children [appointed to] death.

                  References for Psalms 79:11

                    • e 79:11 - Literally "arm"
                    • f 79:11 - Or "leave a remnant of"
                      12 And return to our neighbors sevenfold {upon them} their taunts [with] which they taunted you, O Lord.

                      References for Psalms 79:12

                        • g 79:12 - Hebrew "into their bosom"
                          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.

                          References for Psalms 79:13

                            • h 79:13 - Literally "to a generation and a generation"