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Psalm 79

A Lament over the Destruction of Jerusalem, and Prayer for Help.

1 O God, the 1nations have invaded 2Your inheritance; They have defiled Your 3holy temple; They have 4laid Jerusalem in ruins.
2 They have given the 5dead bodies of Your servants for food to the birds of the heavens, The flesh of Your godly ones to the beasts of the earth.
3 They have poured out their blood like water round about Jerusalem; And there was 6no one to bury them.
4 We have become a 7reproach to our neighbors, A scoffing and derision to those around us.
5 8How long, O LORD? Will You be angry forever? Will Your 9jealousy 10burn like fire?
6 11Pour out Your wrath upon the nations which 12do not know You, And upon the kingdoms which 13do not call upon Your name.
7 For they have 14devoured Jacob And 15laid waste his habitation.
8 16Do not remember the iniquities of our forefathers against us; Let Your compassion come quickly to 17meet us, For we are 18brought very low.
9 19Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of 20Your name; And deliver us and 21forgive our sins 22for Your name's sake.
10 23Why should the nations say, "Where is their God?" Let there be known among the nations in our sight, 24Vengeance for the blood of Your servants which has been shed.
11 Let 25the groaning of the prisoner come before You; According to the greatness of Your power preserve those who are 26doomed to die.
12 And return to our neighbors 27sevenfold 28into their bosom The 29reproach with which they have reproached You, O Lord.
13 So we Your people and the 30sheep of Your pasture Will 31give thanks to You forever; To all generations we will 32tell of Your praise.
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