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A Prayer for Jerusalem

79 O God, the nations have come into the land of Your people. They have made Your holy house dirty. They have crushed the walls and buildings of Jerusalem. They have given the dead bodies of Your servants to the birds of the heavens for food. The flesh of those who belong to You has been given to the wild animals of the earth. They have poured out their blood like water all around Jerusalem. And there was no one to bury them. We have become a shame to our neighbors. Those around us laugh at and make fun of us. How long, O Lord? Will You be angry forever? Will Your jealousy burn like fire? Pour out Your anger on the nations that do not know You, and on the nations that do not call on Your name. For they have destroyed Jacob. They have laid waste the place where he lived.

Do not hold the sins of our fathers against us. Let Your loving-pity come fast to meet us. For we are in much need. O God Who saves us, help us for the honor of Your name. Take us out of trouble and forgive our sins, for the honor of Your name. 10 Why should the nations say, “Where is their God?” Make it known among the nations, in front of our eyes, that You punish for the blood that has poured from Your servants. 11 Hear the cries of those in prison. By the greatness of Your power, save those who are being sent to death. 12 And return to our neighbors seven times the shame that they have brought You, O Lord. 13 Then we Your people, the sheep of Your field, will give thanks to You forever. We will tell of Your praise to all the people of all times.