Psalms 74

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

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

1 O God, why have You b  rejected us forever?
Why does Your anger c  smoke against the d  sheep of Your
Or pasturing
pasture?
2Remember 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.
3
Lit Lift up
Turn Your footsteps toward the k  perpetual ruins;
The enemy l  has damaged everything within the sanctuary.
4Your adversaries have m  roared in the midst of Your meeting place;
They have set up their n  own
Lit signs
standards p  for signs.
5It seems as if one had lifted up
His
Lit axes
,
r  axe in a
Lit thicket
forest of trees.
6And now
Lit altogether
all its u  carved work
They smash with hatchet and
Or axes
hammers.
7They 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.
8They aa  said in their heart, “Let us
Lit altogether
completely
Or oppress
subdue them.”
They have burned all the meeting places of God in the land.
9We do not see our ad  signs;
There is ae  no longer any prophet,
Nor is there any among us who knows af  how long.
10How long, O God, will the adversary ag  revile,
And the enemy ah  spurn Your name forever?
11Why ai  do You withdraw Your hand, even Your right hand?
From within Your bosom aj  destroy them!

12Yet God is ak  my king from of old,
Who works deeds of deliverance in the midst of the earth.
13
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.
14
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.
15
Or You Yourself
You ay  broke open springs and torrents;
Or You Yourself
You ba  dried up ever-flowing streams.
16Yours is the day, Yours also is the night;
Or You Yourself
You have bc  prepared the
Or luminary
light and the sun.
17
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.

18Remember 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.
19Do not deliver the soul of Your bm  turtledove to the wild beast;
bn  Do not forget the life of Your afflicted forever.
20Consider the bo  covenant;
For the bp  dark places of the land are full of the habitations of violence.
21Let not the bq  oppressed return dishonored;
Let the br  afflicted and needy praise Your name.

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

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