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The Nation Cries for Jerusalem

A song of Asaph.

79 God, nations have come against your people.
    They have ruined your holy Temple.
    They have turned Jerusalem into ruins.
They have given the bodies of your servants
    as food to the wild birds.
They have given the bodies of those who worship you
    to the wild animals.
They have spilled blood like water
    all around Jerusalem.
    No one was left to bury the dead.
We are a bad joke to the other nations.
    They laugh and make fun of us.

Lord, how long will this last? Will you be angry forever?
    How long will your jealousy burn like a fire?
Be angry with the nations that do not know you.
    Be angry with the kingdoms that do not honor you.
They have destroyed the people of Jacob.
    Those nations have destroyed the people’s land.
Don’t punish us for the sins of our ancestors.
    Show your mercy to us soon.
    We are helpless!
God our Savior, help us
    so people will praise you.
Save us and forgive our sins
    so people will honor you.
10 Why should the nations say,
    “Where is their God?”
Tell the other nations in our presence
    that you punish those who kill your servants.
11 Hear the moans of the prisoners.
    Use your great power
    to save those sentenced to die.

12 Repay those around us seven times over
    for their insults to you, Lord.
13 We are your people, the sheep of your flock.
    We will thank you always.
    Forever and ever we will praise you.

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