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Psalm 74


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

A Maskil of Asaph.

Psalm 74:1   O God, why have You rejected us forever? Why does Your anger smoke against the sheep of Your pasture?
Psalm 74:2   Remember Your congregation, which You have purchased of old, Which You have redeemed to be the tribe of Your inheritance; And this Mount Zion, where You have dwelt.
Psalm 74:3   Turn Your footsteps toward the perpetual ruins; The enemy has damaged everything within the sanctuary.
Psalm 74:4   Your adversaries have roared in the midst of Your meeting place; They have set up their own standards for signs.
Psalm 74:5   It seems as if one had lifted up His axe in a forest of trees.
Psalm 74:6   And now all its carved work They smash with hatchet and hammers.
Psalm 74:7   They have burned Your sanctuary to the ground; They have defiled the dwelling place of Your name.
Psalm 74:8   They said in their heart, "Let us completely subdue them." They have burned all the meeting places of God in the land.
Psalm 74:9   We do not see our signs; There is no longer any prophet, Nor is there any among us who knows how long.
Psalm 74:10   How long, O God, will the adversary revile, And the enemy spurn Your name forever?
Psalm 74:11   Why do You withdraw Your hand, even Your right hand? From within Your bosom, destroy them!
Psalm 74:12   Yet God is my king from of old, Who works deeds of deliverance in the midst of the earth.
Psalm 74:13   You divided the sea by Your strength; You broke the heads of the sea monsters in the waters.
Psalm 74:14   You crushed the heads of Leviathan; You gave him as food for the creatures of the wilderness.
Psalm 74:15   You broke open springs and torrents; You dried up ever-flowing streams.
Psalm 74:16   Yours is the day, Yours also is the night; You have prepared the light and the sun.
Psalm 74:17   You have established all the boundaries of the earth; You have made summer and winter.
Psalm 74:18   Remember this, O LORD, that the enemy has reviled, And a foolish people has spurned Your name.
Psalm 74:19   Do not deliver the soul of Your turtledove to the wild beast; Do not forget the life of Your afflicted forever.
Psalm 74:20   Consider the covenant; For the dark places of the land are full of the habitations of violence.
Psalm 74:21   Let not the oppressed return dishonored; Let the afflicted and needy praise Your name.
Psalm 74:22   Arise, O God, and plead Your own cause; Remember how the foolish man reproaches You all day long.
Psalm 74:23   Do not forget the voice of Your adversaries, The uproar of those who rise against You which ascends continually.
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