A Psalm of instruction, of Asaph.1 Why have You rejected us, O God, forever? Why has Your wrath been kindled against the sheep of Your pasture? 2 Remember Your congregation which You have purchased from the beginning; You ransomed the rod of Your inheritance, this Mount Zion where You have dwelt. 3 Lift up Your hands against their pride continually; because of all that the enemy has done wickedly in Your holy places. 4 And they that hate You have boasted in the midst of Your feast; they have set up their standards for signs, 5 ignorantly as it were in the entrance above; 6 they cut down its doors at once with axes as in a wood of trees; they have broken it down with hatchet and stone cutter. 7 They have burned Your sanctuary with fire to the ground; they have profaned the habitation of Your name. 8 They have said in their heart, even all their kindred together, Come, let us abolish the feasts of the Lord from the earth. 9 We have not seen our signs; there is no longer a prophet; and God will not know us anymore. 10 How long, O God, shall the enemy reproach? Shall the enemy provoke Your name forever? 11 Why do You turn away Your hand, and Your right hand from the midst of Your bosom forever? 12 But God is our King of old; He has wrought salvation in the midst of the earth. 13 You established the sea in Your might, You broke to pieces the heads of the dragons in the water. 14 You broke to pieces the heads of the dragon; You gave him as meat to the Ethiopian nations. 15 You broke open the fountains and torrents; You dried up mighty rivers. 16 The day is Yours, and the night is Yours; You have prepared the sun and the moon. 17 You have made all the borders of the earth; You have made summer and spring. 18 Remember this Your creation; an enemy has reproached the Lord, and a foolish people have provoked Your name. 19 Deliver not to the wild beasts a soul that gives praise to You: forget not forever the souls of Your poor. 20 Look upon Your covenant; for the dark places of the earth are filled with the habitations of iniquity. 21 Let not the afflicted and ashamed one be rejected; the poor and needy shall praise Your name. 22 Arise, O God, plead Your cause; remember Your reproaches that come from the foolish one all the day. 23 Forget not the voice of Your enemies; let the pride of them that hate You continually ascend before You.
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