Psalm 74

Prayer for Israel

A Maskil of Asaph.

1 Why have You rejected [us] forever, God?a Why does Your anger burn against the sheep of Your pasture?
2 Remember Your congregation, which You purchased long ago and redeemed as the tribe for Your own possession.b [Remember] Mount Zion where You dwell.
3 Make Your way to the everlasting ruins, to all that the enemy has destroyed in the sanctuary.
4 Your adversaries roared in the meeting place where You met with us. They set up their emblems as signs.
5 It was like men in a thicket of trees, wielding axes,
6 then smashing all the carvings with hatchets and picks.
7 They set Your sanctuary on fire; they utterly desecrated the dwelling place of Your name.
8 They said in their hearts, "Let us oppress them relentlessly." They burned down every place throughout the land where God met with us.
9 We don't see any signs for us. There is no longer a prophet. And none of us knows how long this will last.
10 God, how long will the foe mock? Will the enemy insult Your name forever?
11 Why do You hold back Your hand? Stretch out Your right hand and destroy [them]!
12 God my king is from ancient times, performing saving acts on the earth.
13 You divided the sea with Your strength; You smashed the heads of the sea monsters in the waters;
14 You crushed the heads of Leviathan; You fed him to the creatures of the desert.
15 You opened up springs and streams;c You dried up ever-flowing rivers.
16 The day is Yours, also the night; You established the moon and the sun.
17 You set all the boundaries of the earth;d You made summer and winter.
18 Remember this: the enemy has mocked the Lord, and a foolish people has insulted Your name.
19 Do not give the life of Your dove to beasts; do not forget the lives of Your poor people forever.
20 Consider the covenant, for the dark places of the land are full of violence.
21 Do not let the oppressed turn away in shame; let the poor and needy praise Your name.
22 Arise, God, defend Your cause! Remember the insults that fools bring against You all day long.
23 Do not forget the clamor of Your adversaries, the tumult of Your opponents that goes up constantly.
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