Psalms 74

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

Possibly, Contemplative, or Didactic, or Skillful Psalm
Maskil of Asaph.

O God, why have You b rejected us forever?
Why does Your anger c smoke against the d sheep of Your
Or pasturing
Remember Your congregation, which You have f purchased of old,
Which You have g redeemed to be the h tribe of Your inheritance;
And this Mount i Zion, where You have dwelt.
Lit Lift up
Turn Your footsteps toward the k perpetual ruins;
The enemy l has damaged everything within the sanctuary.
Your adversaries have m roared in the midst of Your meeting place;
They have set up their n own
Lit signs
standards p for signs.
It seems as if one had lifted up
Lit axes
r axe in a
Lit thicket
forest of trees.
And now
Lit altogether
all its u carved work
They smash with hatchet and
Or axes
They have
Lit set on fire
x burned Your sanctuary
Or To the ground they...
to the ground;
They have z defiled the dwelling place of Your name.
They aa said in their heart, “Let us
Lit altogether
Or oppress
subdue them.”
They have burned all the meeting places of God in the land.
We do not see our ad signs;
There is ae no longer any prophet,
Nor is there any among us who knows af how long.
10 How long, O God, will the adversary ag revile,
And the enemy ah spurn Your name forever?
11 Why ai do You withdraw Your hand, even Your right hand?
From within Your bosom aj destroy them!

12 Yet God is ak my king from of old,
Who works deeds of deliverance in the midst of the earth.
Or You Yourself
You am divided the sea by Your strength;
Or You Yourself
You ao broke the heads of the ap sea monsters
Lit on
in the waters.
Or You Yourself
You crushed the heads of
Or sea monster
at Leviathan;
Or You Yourself
You gave him as food for the
Lit people
creatures aw of the wilderness.
Or You Yourself
You ay broke open springs and torrents;
Or You Yourself
You ba dried up ever-flowing streams.
16 Yours is the day, Yours also is the night;
Or You Yourself
You have bc prepared the
Or luminary
light and the sun.
Or You Yourself
You have bf established all the boundaries of the earth;
Or You Yourself
You have
Or formed
made bi summer and winter.

18 Remember this
Or that the enemy has reviled the  Lord
O  Lord, that the enemy has bk reviled,
And a bl foolish people has spurned Your name.
19 Do not deliver the soul of Your bm turtledove to the wild beast;
bn Do not forget the life of Your afflicted forever.
20 Consider the bo covenant;
For the bp dark places of the land are full of the habitations of violence.
21 Let not the bq oppressed return dishonored;
Let the br afflicted and needy praise Your name.

22 Arise, O God, and bs plead Your own cause;
Lit Your reproach from the foolish man
how the bu foolish man reproaches You all day long.
23 Do not forget the voice of Your bv adversaries,
The bw uproar of those who rise against You which ascends continually.

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