Psalm 74

Arise, O God, Defend Your Cause

A Maskil of Asaph.

1 O God, why do you 1cast us off forever? Why does your anger 2smoke against 3the sheep of your pasture?
2 4Remember your congregation, which you have 5purchased of old, which you have 6redeemed to be 7the tribe of your heritage! Remember Mount Zion, 8where you have dwelt.
3 Direct your steps to 9the perpetual ruins; the enemy has destroyed everything in the sanctuary!
4 Your foes have 10roared in the midst of your meeting place; 11they set up their 12own signs for 13signs.
5 They were like those who swing 14axes in a forest of trees.a
6 And all its 15carved wood they broke down with hatchets and hammers.
7 They 16set your sanctuary on fire; they 17profaned 18the dwelling place of your name, bringing it down to the ground.
8 They 19said to themselves, "We will utterly subdue them"; they burned all the meeting places of God in the land.
9 We do not see our 20signs; 21there is no longer any prophet, and there is none among us who knows how long.
10 How long, O God, 22is the foe to scoff? Is the enemy to revile your name forever?
11 Why 23do you hold back your hand, your right hand? Take it from the fold of your garmentb and destroy them!
12 Yet 24God my King is from of old, working salvation in the midst of the earth.
13 You 25divided the sea by your might; you 26broke the heads of 27the sea monstersc on the waters.
14 You crushed the heads of 28Leviathan; you gave him as food for the creatures of the wilderness.
15 You 29split open springs and brooks; you 30dried up ever-flowing streams.
16 Yours is the day, yours also the night; you have established 31the heavenly lights and the sun.
17 You have 32fixed all the boundaries of the earth; you have made 33summer and winter.
18 34Remember this, O LORD, how the enemy scoffs, and 35a foolish people reviles your name.
19 Do not deliver the soul of your 36dove to the wild beasts; 37do not forget the life of your poor forever.
20 Have regard for 38the covenant, for 39the dark places of the land are full of the habitations of violence.
21 Let not 40the downtrodden 41turn back in shame; let 42the poor and needy praise your name.
22 Arise, O God, 43defend your cause; 44remember how the foolish scoff at you all the day!
23 Do not forget the clamor of your foes, 45the uproar of those who rise against you, which goes up continually!
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