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Psalm 74 (Today's New International Version)

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A" maskil "of Asaph."

1 O God, why have you rejected1 us forever?2 Why does your anger smolder against the sheep of your pasture?3 2 Remember the people you purchased4 long ago,5 the tribe of your inheritance,6 whom you redeemed7-- Mount Zion,8 where you dwelt.9 3 Turn your steps toward these everlasting ruins,10 all this destruction the enemy has brought on the sanctuary. 4 Your foes roared11 in the place where you met with us; they set up their standards12 as signs. 5 They behaved like men wielding axes to cut through a thicket of trees.13 6 They smashed all the carved14 paneling with their axes and hatchets. 7 They burned your sanctuary to the ground; they defiled15 the dwelling place16 of your Name.17 8 They said in their hearts, "We will crush18 them completely!" They burned19 every place where God was worshiped in the land. 9 We are given no signs from God;20 no prophets21 are left, and none of us knows how long this will be. 10 How long22 will the enemy mock23 you, God? Will the foe revile24 your name forever? 11 Why do you hold back your hand, your right hand?25 Take it from the folds of your garment26 and destroy them! 12 But God is my King27 from long ago; he brings salvation28 on the earth. 13 It was you who split open the sea29 by your power; you broke the heads of the monster30 in the waters. 14 It was you who crushed the heads of Leviathan31 and gave it as food to the creatures of the desert.32 15 It was you who opened up springs33 and streams; you dried up34 the ever-flowing rivers. 16 The day is yours, and yours also the night; you established the sun and moon.35 17 It was you who set all the boundaries36 of the earth; you made both summer and winter.37 18 Remember how the enemy has mocked you, LORD, how foolish people38 have reviled your name. 19 Do not hand over the life of your dove39 to wild beasts; do not forget the lives of your afflicted40 people forever. 20 Have regard for your covenant,41 because haunts of violence fill the dark places42 of the land. 21 Do not let the oppressed43 retreat in disgrace; may the poor and needy44 praise your name. 22 Rise up,45 O God, and defend your cause; remember how fools46 mock you all day long. 23 Do not ignore the clamor47 of your adversaries,48 the uproar49 of your enemies,50 which rises continually.
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