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Psalm 74

An Appeal against the Devastation of the Land by the Enemy.

1 O God, why have You 1rejected us forever? Why does Your anger 2smoke against the 3sheep of Your pasture?
2 Remember Your congregation, which You have 4purchased of old, Which You have 5redeemed to be the 6tribe of Your inheritance; And this Mount 7Zion, where You have dwelt.
3 Turn Your footsteps toward the 8perpetual ruins; The enemy 9has damaged everything within the sanctuary.
4 Your adversaries have 10roared in the midst of Your meeting place; They have set up their 11own standards 12for signs.
5 It seems as if one had lifted up His 13axe in a forest of trees.
6 And now all its 14carved work They smash with hatchet and hammers.
7 They have 15burned * Your sanctuary to the ground; They have 16defiled the dwelling place of Your name.
8 They 17said in their heart, "Let us completely subdue them." They have burned all the meeting places of God in the land.
9 We do not see our 18signs; There is 19no longer any prophet, Nor is there any among us who knows 20how long.
10 How long *, O God, will the adversary 21revile, And the enemy 22spurn Your name forever?
11 Why 23do You withdraw Your hand, even Your right hand? From within Your bosom, 24destroy them!
12 Yet God is 25my king from of old, Who works deeds of deliverance in the midst of the earth.
13 You 26divided the sea by Your strength; You 27broke the heads of the 28sea monsters in the waters.
14 You crushed the heads of 29Leviathan; You gave him as food for the creatures 30of the wilderness.
16 Yours is the day, Yours also is the night; You have 33prepared the light and the sun.
17 You have 34established all the boundaries of the earth; You have made 35summer and winter.
18 Remember this, O LORD, that the enemy has 36reviled, And a 37foolish people has spurned Your name.
19 Do not deliver the soul of Your 38turtledove to the wild beast; 39Do not forget the life of Your afflicted forever.
20 Consider the 40covenant; For the 41dark places of the land are full of the habitations of violence.
21 Let not the 42oppressed return dishonored; Let the 43afflicted and needy praise Your name.
22 Arise, O God, and 44plead Your own cause; Remember how the 45foolish man reproaches You all day long.
23 Do not forget the voice of Your 46adversaries, The 47uproar of those who rise against You which ascends continually.
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