Psalm 79

How Long, O Lord?

A Psalm of Asaph.

1 O God, 1the nations have come into your 2inheritance; they have defiled your 3holy temple; they have 4laid Jerusalem in ruins.
2 They have given 5the bodies of your servants to the birds of the heavens for food, the flesh of your 6faithful to 7the beasts of the earth.
3 They have poured out their blood like water all around Jerusalem, and there was 8no one to bury them.
4 We have become 9a taunt to our neighbors, 10mocked and derided by those around us.
5 11How long, O LORD? Will you be angry 12forever? Will your 13jealousy 14burn like fire?
6 15Pour out your anger on the nations that 16do not know you, and on the kingdoms that 17do not call upon your name!
7 For they have devoured Jacob and laid waste his habitation.
8 18Do not remember against us 19our former iniquities;a let your compassion come speedily to meet us, for we are 20brought very low.
9 21Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of your name; deliver us, and 22atone for our sins, for your 23name's sake!
10 24Why should the nations say, "Where is their God?" Let 25the avenging of the outpoured blood of your servants be known among the nations before our eyes!
11 Let 26the groans of the prisoners come before you; according to your great power, preserve those 27doomed to die!
12 Return 28sevenfold into the 29lap of our neighbors the 30taunts with which they have taunted you, O Lord!
13 But we your people, the 31sheep of your pasture, will 32give thanks to you forever; from generation to generation we will recount your praise.
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