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Psalm 74 (New American Standard)

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An Appeal against the Devastation of the Land by the Enemy.

1 O God, why have You 1rejected us forever? Why does Your anger 2smoke against the 3sheep of Your apasture? 2 Remember Your congregation, which You have 4purchased of old, Which You have 5redeemed to be the 6tribe of Your inheritance; And this Mount 7Zion, where You have dwelt. 3 bTurn Your footsteps toward the 8perpetual ruins; The enemy 9has damaged everything within the sanctuary. 4 Your adversaries have 10roared in the midst of Your meeting place; They have set up their 11own cstandards 12for signs. 5 It seems as if one had lifted up His d13axe in a eforest of trees. 6 And now fall its 14carved work They smash with hatchet and ghammers. 7 They have h15burned Your sanctuary ito the ground; They have 16defiled the dwelling place of Your name. 8 They 17said in their heart, "Let us jcompletely ksubdue them." They have burned all the meeting places of God in the land. 9 We do not see our 18signs; There is 19no longer any prophet, Nor is there any among us who knows 20how long. 10 How long , O God, will the adversary 21revile, And the enemy 22spurn Your name forever? 11 Why 23do You withdraw Your hand, even Your right hand? From within Your bosom, 24destroy them! 12 Yet God is 25my king from of old, Who works deeds of deliverance in the midst of the earth. 13 lYou 26divided the sea by Your strength; mYou 27broke the heads of the 28sea monsters nin the waters. 14 oYou crushed the heads of p29Leviathan; qYou gave him as food for the rcreatures 30of the wilderness. 15 sYou 31broke open springs and torrents; tYou 32dried up ever-flowing streams. 16 Yours is the day, Yours also is the night; uYou have 33prepared the vlight and the sun. 17 wYou have 34established all the boundaries of the earth; xYou have ymade 35summer and winter. 18 Remember this, zO LORD, that the enemy has 36reviled, And a 37foolish people has spurned Your name. 19 Do not deliver the soul of Your 38turtledove to the wild beast; 39Do not forget the life of Your afflicted forever. 20 Consider the 40covenant; For the 41dark places of the land are full of the habitations of violence. 21 Let not the 42oppressed return dishonored; Let the 43afflicted and needy praise Your name. 22 Arise, O God, and 44plead Your own cause; Remember aahow the 45foolish man reproaches You all day long. 23 Do not forget the voice of Your 46adversaries, The 47uproar of those who rise against You which ascends continually.
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