Psalms 74

Arise, O God, Defend Your Cause

A Maskil
Probably a musical or liturgical term
of b  Asaph.

1 O God, why do you c  cast us off forever?
Why does your anger d  smoke against e  the sheep of your pasture?
2 f  Remember your congregation, which you have g  purchased of old,
which you have h  redeemed to be i  the tribe of your heritage!
Remember Mount Zion j  where you have dwelt.
3Direct your steps to k  the perpetual ruins;
the enemy has destroyed everything in the sanctuary!
4 Your foes have l  roared in the midst of your meeting place;
m  they set up their n  own signs for o  signs.
5They were like those who swing p  axes
in a forest of trees.
The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain

6And all its r  carved wood
they broke down with hatchets and hammers.
7They s  set your sanctuary on fire;
they t  profaned u  the dwelling place of your name,
bringing it down to the ground.
8They v  said to themselves, “We will utterly subdue them”;
they burned all the meeting places of God in the land.
9 We do not see our w  signs;
x  there is no longer any prophet,
and there is none among us who knows how long.
10How long, O God y  is the foe to scoff?
Is the enemy to revile your name forever?
11Why z  do you hold back your hand, your right hand?
Take it from the fold of your garment
Hebrew  from your bosom
and destroy them!
12 Yet ab  God my King is from of old,
working salvation in the midst of the earth.
13You ac  divided the sea by your might;
you ad  broke the heads of ae  the sea monsters
Or  the great sea creatures
on the waters.
14You crushed the heads of ag  Leviathan;
you gave him as food for the creatures of the wilderness.
15You ah  split open springs and brooks;
you ai  dried up ever-flowing streams.
16Yours is the day, yours also the night;
you have established aj  the heavenly lights and the sun.
17You have ak  fixed all the boundaries of the earth;
you have made al  summer and winter.
18 am  Remember this, O  Lord, how the enemy scoffs,
and an  a foolish people reviles your name.
19Do not deliver the soul of your ao  dove to the wild beasts;
ap  do not forget the life of your poor forever.
20 Have regard for aq  the covenant,
for ar  the dark places of the land are full of the habitations of violence.
21Let not as  the downtrodden at  turn back in shame;
let au  the poor and needy praise your name.
22 Arise, O God, av  defend your cause;
aw  remember how the foolish scoff at you all the day!
23Do not forget the clamor of your foes,
ax  the uproar of those who rise against you, which goes up continually!
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