Psalms 73 1 Understanding for Asaph. O God, why hast thou cast us off unto the end: why is thy wrath enkindled against the sheep of thy pasture? 2 Remember thy congregation, which thou hast possessed from the beginning. The sceptre of thy inheritance which thou hast redeemed: mount Sion in which thou hast dwelt. 3 Lift up thy hands against their pride unto the end; see what things the enemy hath done wickedly in the sanctuary. 4 And they that hate thee have made their boasts, in the midst of thy solemnity. They have set up their ensigns for signs, 5 And they knew not both in the going out and on the highest top. As with axes in a wood of trees, 6 They have cut down at once the gates thereof, with axe and hatchet they have brought it down. 7 They have set fire to thy sanctuary: they have defiled the dwelling place of thy name on the earth. 8 They said in their heart, the whole kindred of them together: Let us abolish all the festival days of God from the land. 9 Our signs we have not seen, there is now no prophet: and he will know us no more. 10 How long, O God, shall the enemy reproach: is the adversary to provoke thy name for ever? 11 Why dost thou turn away thy hand: and thy right hand out of the midst of thy bosom for ever? 12 But God is our king before ages: he hath wrought salvation in the midst of the earth. 13 Thou by thy strength didst make the sea firm: thou didst crush the heads of the dragons in the waters. 14 Thou hast broken the heads of the dragon: thou hast given him to be meat for the people of the Ethiopians. 15 Thou hast broken up the fountains and the torrents: thou hast dried up the Ethan rivers. 16 Thine is the day, and thine is the night: thou hast made the morning light and the sun. 17 Thou hast made all the borders of the earth: the summer and the spring were formed by thee. 18 Remember this, the enemy hath reproached the Lord: and a foolish people hath provoked thy name. 19 Deliver not up to beasts the souls that confess to thee: and forget not to the end the souls of thy poor. 20 Have regard to thy covenant: for they that are the obscure of the earth have been filled with dwellings of iniquity. 21 Let not the humble be turned away with confusion: the poor and needy shall praise thy name. 22 Arise, O God, judge thy own cause: remember thy reproaches with which the foolish man hath reproached thee all the day. 23 Forget not the voices of thy enemies: the pride of them that hate thee ascendeth continually.
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