They behaved like men wielding axes to cut through a thicket of trees.16
They smashed all the carved2 paneling with their axes and hatchets.
They burned your sanctuary to the ground; they defiled3 the dwelling place4 of your Name.58
They said in their hearts, "We will crush6 them completely!" They burned7 every place where God was worshiped in the land.
We are given no miraculous signs;8 no prophets9 are left, and none of us knows how long this will be.
How long10 will the enemy mock11 you, O God? Will the foe revile12 your name forever?
Why do you hold back your hand, your right hand?13 Take it from the folds of your garment14 and destroy them!
But you, O God, are my king15 from of old; you bring salvation16 upon the earth.
It was you who split open the sea17 by your power; you broke the heads of the monster18 in the waters.
It was you who crushed the heads of Leviathan19 and gave him as food to the creatures of the desert.2015
It was you who opened up springs21 and streams; you dried up22 the ever flowing rivers.