1A Contemplation of Asaph. O God, why have You cast us off forever? Why does Your anger smoke against the sheep of Your pasture?2Remember Your congregation, which You have purchased of old, The tribe of Your inheritance, which You have redeemed-- This Mount Zion where You have dwelt.3Lift up Your feet to the perpetual desolations. The enemy has damaged everything in the sanctuary.4Your enemies roar in the midst of Your meeting place; They set up their banners for signs.5They seem like men who lift up Axes among the thick trees.6And now they break down its carved work, all at once, With axes and hammers.7They have set fire to Your sanctuary; They have defiled the dwelling place of Your name to the ground.8They said in their hearts, "Let us destroy them altogether." They have burned up all the meeting places of God in the land.9We do not see our signs; There is no longer any prophet; Nor is there any among us who knows how long.10O God, how long will the adversary reproach? Will the enemy blaspheme Your name forever?11Why do You withdraw Your hand, even Your right hand? Take it out of Your bosom and destroy them.12For God is my King from of old, Working salvation in the midst of the earth.13You divided the sea by Your strength; You broke the heads of the sea serpents in the waters.14You broke the heads of Leviathan in pieces, And gave him as food to the people inhabiting the wilderness.15You broke open the fountain and the flood; You dried up mighty rivers.16The day is Yours, the night also is Yours; You have prepared the light and the sun.17You have set all the borders of the earth; You have made summer and winter.18Remember this, that the enemy has reproached, O Lord, And that a foolish people has blasphemed Your name.19Oh, do not deliver the life of Your turtledove to the wild beast! Do not forget the life of Your poor forever.20Have respect to the covenant; For the dark places of the earth are full of the haunts of cruelty.21Oh, do not let the oppressed return ashamed! Let the poor and needy praise Your name.22Arise, O God, plead Your own cause; Remember how the foolish man reproaches You daily.23Do not forget the voice of Your enemies; The tumult of those who rise up against You increases continually.
1To the Chief Musician. Set to 'Do Not Destroy.' A Psalm of Asaph. A Song. We give thanks to You, O God, we give thanks! For Your wondrous works declare that Your name is near.2"When I choose the proper time, I will judge uprightly.3The earth and all its inhabitants are dissolved; I set up its pillars firmly. Selah4'I said to the boastful, 'Do not deal boastfully,' And to the wicked, 'Do not lift up the horn.5Do not lift up your horn on high; Do not speak with a stiff neck.' "6For exaltation comes neither from the east Nor from the west nor from the south.7But God is the Judge: He puts down one, And exalts another.8For in the hand of the Lord there is a cup, And the wine is red; It is fully mixed, and He pours it out; Surely its dregs shall all the wicked of the earth Drain and drink down.9But I will declare forever, I will sing praises to the God of Jacob.10'All the horns of the wicked I will also cut off, But the horns of the righteous shall be exalted."
1To the Chief Musician. On stringed instruments. A Psalm of Asaph. A Song. In Judah God is known; His name is great in Israel.2In Salem also is His tabernacle, And His dwelling place in Zion.3There He broke the arrows of the bow, The shield and sword of battle. Selah4You are more glorious and excellent Than the mountains of prey.5The stouthearted were plundered; They have sunk into their sleep; And none of the mighty men have found the use of their hands.6At Your rebuke, O God of Jacob, Both the chariot and horse were cast into a dead sleep.7You, Yourself, are to be feared; And who may stand in Your presence When once You are angry?8You caused judgment to be heard from heaven; The earth feared and was still,9When God arose to judgment, To deliver all the oppressed of the earth. Selah10Surely the wrath of man shall praise You; With the remainder of wrath You shall gird Yourself.11Make vows to the Lord your God, and pay them; Let all who are around Him bring presents to Him who ought to be feared.12He shall cut off the spirit of princes; He is awesome to the kings of the earth.
1To the Chief Musician. To Jeduthun. A Psalm of Asaph. I cried out to God with my voice-- To God with my voice; And He gave ear to me.2In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord; My hand was stretched out in the night without ceasing; My soul refused to be comforted.3I remembered God, and was troubled; I complained, and my spirit was overwhelmed. Selah4You hold my eyelids open; I am so troubled that I cannot speak.5I have considered the days of old, The years of ancient times.6I call to remembrance my song in the night; I meditate within my heart, And my spirit makes diligent search.7Will the Lord cast off forever? And will He be favorable no more?8Has His mercy ceased forever? Has His promise failed forevermore?9Has God forgotten to be gracious? Has He in anger shut up His tender mercies? Selah10And I said, "This is my anguish; But I will remember the years of the right hand of the Most High."11I will remember the works of the Lord; Surely I will remember Your wonders of old.12I will also meditate on all Your work, And talk of Your deeds.13Your way, O God, is in the sanctuary; Who is so great a God as our God?14You are the God who does wonders; You have declared Your strength among the peoples.15You have with Your arm redeemed Your people, The sons of Jacob and Joseph. Selah16The waters saw You, O God; The waters saw You, they were afraid; The depths also trembled.17The clouds poured out water; The skies sent out a sound; Your arrows also flashed about.18The voice of Your thunder was in the whirlwind; The lightnings lit up the world; The earth trembled and shook.19Your way was in the sea, Your path in the great waters, And Your footsteps were not known.20You led Your people like a flock By the hand of Moses and Aaron.