Psalms 74

1O God, why have thou cast off forever? Why does thine anger smoke against the sheep of thy pasture? 2Remember thy congregation, which thou have gotten of old, which thou have redeemed to be the tribe of thine inheritance, and mount Zion, at which thou have dwelt. 3Lift up thy feet to the perpetual ruins, all the evil that the enemy has done in the sanctuary. 4Thine adversaries have roared in the midst of thine assembly. They have set up their ensigns for signs. 5They seemed as men who lifted up axes upon a thicket of trees. 6And now they break down all the carved work of it with hatchet and hammers. 7They have set thy sanctuary on fire. They have profaned the dwelling-place of thy name to the ground. 8They said in their heart, Let us make havoc of them altogether. They have burned up all the meeting-places of God in the land. 9We do not see our signs. There is no more any prophet, nor is there among us he who knows how long. 10How long, O God, shall the adversary reproach? Shall the enemy blaspheme thy name forever? 11Why do thou draw back thy hand, even thy right hand? Remove it from the midst of thy bosom. 12Yet God is my King of old, working salvation in the midst of the earth. 13Thou divided the sea by thy strength. Thou break the heads of the sea-monsters in the waters. 14Thou break the heads of leviathan in pieces. Thou gave him to be food to the people inhabiting the wilderness. 15Thou split fountain and flood. Thou dried up mighty rivers. 16The day is thine; the night is also thine. Thou have prepared the light and the sun. 17Thou have set all the borders of the earth. Thou have made summer and winter. 18Remember this, that the enemy has reproached, O Jehovah, and that a foolish people has blasphemed thy name. 19O deliver not the soul of thy turtle-dove to the wild beast. Forget not the life of thy poor forever. 20Have respect to the covenant, for the dark places of the earth are full of the habitations of violence. 21O let not he who is oppressed return ashamed. Let a poor and needy man praise thy name. 22Arise, O God, plead thine own cause. Remember how the foolish man reproaches thee all the day. 23Forget not the voice of thine adversaries. The tumult of those who rise up against thee ascends continually.
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