Psalm 74

A maskil[a] of Asaph.

O God, why have you rejected(A) us forever?(B)
    Why does your anger smolder against the sheep of your pasture?(C)
Remember the nation you purchased(D) long ago,(E)
    the people of your inheritance,(F) whom you redeemed(G)
    Mount Zion,(H) where you dwelt.(I)
Turn your steps toward these everlasting ruins,(J)
    all this destruction the enemy has brought on the sanctuary.

Your foes roared(K) in the place where you met with us;
    they set up their standards(L) as signs.
They behaved like men wielding axes
    to cut through a thicket of trees.(M)
They smashed all the carved(N) paneling
    with their axes and hatchets.
They burned your sanctuary to the ground;
    they defiled(O) the dwelling place(P) of your Name.(Q)
They said in their hearts, “We will crush(R) them completely!”
    They burned(S) every place where God was worshiped in the land.

We are given no signs from God;(T)
    no prophets(U) are left,
    and none of us knows how long this will be.
10 How long(V) will the enemy mock(W) you, God?
    Will the foe revile(X) your name forever?
11 Why do you hold back your hand, your right hand?(Y)
    Take it from the folds of your garment(Z) and destroy them!

12 But God is my King(AA) from long ago;
    he brings salvation(AB) on the earth.

13 It was you who split open the sea(AC) by your power;
    you broke the heads of the monster(AD) in the waters.
14 It was you who crushed the heads of Leviathan(AE)
    and gave it as food to the creatures of the desert.(AF)
15 It was you who opened up springs(AG) and streams;
    you dried up(AH) the ever-flowing rivers.
16 The day is yours, and yours also the night;
    you established the sun and moon.(AI)
17 It was you who set all the boundaries(AJ) of the earth;
    you made both summer and winter.(AK)

18 Remember how the enemy has mocked you, Lord,
    how foolish people(AL) have reviled your name.
19 Do not hand over the life of your dove(AM) to wild beasts;
    do not forget the lives of your afflicted(AN) people forever.
20 Have regard for your covenant,(AO)
    because haunts of violence fill the dark places(AP) of the land.
21 Do not let the oppressed(AQ) retreat in disgrace;
    may the poor and needy(AR) praise your name.
22 Rise up,(AS) O God, and defend your cause;
    remember how fools(AT) mock you all day long.
23 Do not ignore the clamor(AU) of your adversaries,(AV)
    the uproar(AW) of your enemies,(AX) which rises continually.

Footnotes

  1. Psalm 74:1 Title: Probably a literary or musical term

24 Therefore, as tongues of fire(A) lick up straw(B)
    and as dry grass sinks down in the flames,
so their roots will decay(C)
    and their flowers blow away like dust;(D)
for they have rejected the law of the Lord Almighty
    and spurned the word(E) of the Holy One(F) of Israel.
25 Therefore the Lord’s anger(G) burns against his people;
    his hand is raised and he strikes them down.
The mountains shake,(H)
    and the dead bodies(I) are like refuse(J) in the streets.(K)

Yet for all this, his anger is not turned away,(L)
    his hand is still upraised.(M)

26 He lifts up a banner(N) for the distant nations,
    he whistles(O) for those at the ends of the earth.(P)
Here they come,
    swiftly and speedily!
27 Not one of them grows tired(Q) or stumbles,
    not one slumbers or sleeps;
not a belt(R) is loosened at the waist,(S)
    not a sandal strap is broken.(T)
28 Their arrows are sharp,(U)
    all their bows(V) are strung;
their horses’ hooves(W) seem like flint,
    their chariot wheels like a whirlwind.(X)
29 Their roar is like that of the lion,(Y)
    they roar like young lions;
they growl as they seize(Z) their prey
    and carry it off with no one to rescue.(AA)
30 In that day(AB) they will roar over it
    like the roaring of the sea.(AC)
And if one looks at the land,
    there is only darkness(AD) and distress;(AE)
    even the sun will be darkened(AF) by clouds.

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44 “Our ancestors had the tabernacle of the covenant law(A) with them in the wilderness. It had been made as God directed Moses, according to the pattern he had seen.(B) 45 After receiving the tabernacle, our ancestors under Joshua brought it with them when they took the land from the nations God drove out before them.(C) It remained in the land until the time of David,(D) 46 who enjoyed God’s favor and asked that he might provide a dwelling place for the God of Jacob.[a](E) 47 But it was Solomon who built a house for him.(F)

48 “However, the Most High(G) does not live in houses made by human hands.(H) As the prophet says:

49 “‘Heaven is my throne,
    and the earth is my footstool.(I)
What kind of house will you build for me?
says the Lord.
    Or where will my resting place be?
50 Has not my hand made all these things?’[b](J)

51 “You stiff-necked people!(K) Your hearts(L) and ears are still uncircumcised. You are just like your ancestors: You always resist the Holy Spirit! 52 Was there ever a prophet your ancestors did not persecute?(M) They even killed those who predicted the coming of the Righteous One. And now you have betrayed and murdered him(N) 53 you who have received the law that was given through angels(O) but have not obeyed it.”

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Footnotes

  1. Acts 7:46 Some early manuscripts the house of Jacob
  2. Acts 7:50 Isaiah 66:1,2