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A Lament Over Jerusalem

Psalm 79

A Psalm of Asaph.
God, the nations have invaded Your inheritance,
    defiled Your holy Temple,
    and reduced Jerusalem to ruins.
They gave the carcasses of Your servants as food to the birds of the skies,
the flesh of Your kedoshim to the beasts of the earth.
They poured out their blood like water all around Jerusalem,
and there was no one to bury them.
We have become a taunt to our neighbors,
a scorn and derision to those around us.

How long, Adonai, will You be angry?
Will Your jealousy keep blazing like fire?
Pour out Your wrath
    on the nations that do not acknowledge You,
on the kingdoms that do not call on Your name.
For they have devoured Jacob
and laid waste his country.
Do not hold against us the sins of our fathers.
May Your mercies come quickly to meet us,
for we are brought very low.
Help us, God of our salvation—
    for the sake of the glory of Your Name.
Deliver us, and atone for our sins—
    for Your name’s sake.
10 Why should the nations say:
“Where is their God?”
Before our eyes, let it be known among the nations
that You avenge the shed blood of Your servants.
11 Let the prisoner’s groan come to You.
By Your great arm preserve those who are doomed to die.
12 Pay back into the midst of our neighbors sevenfold their reproach—
the reproach they hurled at You, my Lord.

13 So we, Your people, the flock of Your pasture,
    will praise You forever.
From generation to generation
    we will recount Your praise.