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Psalm 74Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

Psalm 74

Prayer for Israel

A Maskil of Asaph.

Why have You rejected us forever, God?
Why does Your anger burn
against the sheep of Your pasture?
Remember Your congregation,
which You purchased long ago
and redeemed as the tribe for Your own possession.
Remember Mount Zion where You dwell.
Make Your way[a] to the everlasting ruins,
to all that the enemy has destroyed in the sanctuary.
Your adversaries roared in the meeting place
where You met with us.[b]
They set up their emblems as signs.
It was like men in a thicket of trees,
wielding axes,
then smashing all the carvings
with hatchets and picks.
They set Your sanctuary on fire;
they utterly[c] desecrated
the dwelling place of Your name.
They said in their hearts,
“Let us oppress them relentlessly.”
They burned down every place throughout the land
where God met with us.[d]
There are no signs for us to see.
There is no longer a prophet.
And none of us knows how long this will last.
10 God, how long will the enemy mock?
Will the foe insult Your name forever?
11 Why do You hold back Your hand?
Stretch out[e] Your right hand and destroy them!

12 God my King is from ancient times,
performing saving acts on the earth.
13 You divided the sea with Your strength;
You smashed the heads of the sea monsters in the waters;
14 You crushed the heads of Leviathan;
You fed him to the creatures of the desert.
15 You opened up springs and streams;
You dried up ever-flowing rivers.
16 The day is Yours, also the night;
You established the moon and the sun.
17 You set all the boundaries of the earth;
You made summer and winter.

18 Remember this: the enemy has mocked Yahweh,
and a foolish people has insulted Your name.
19 Do not give the life of Your dove to beasts;[f]
do not forget the lives of Your poor people forever.
20 Consider the covenant,
for the dark places of the land are full of violence.
21 Do not let the oppressed turn away in shame;
let the poor and needy praise Your name.
22 Rise up, God, defend Your cause!
Remember the insults
that fools bring against You all day long.
23 Do not forget the clamor of Your adversaries,
the tumult of Your opponents that goes up constantly.

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 74:3 Lit Lift up Your steps
  2. Psalm 74:4 Lit in Your meeting place
  3. Psalm 74:7 Lit they to the ground
  4. Psalm 74:8 Lit every meeting place of God in the land
  5. Psalm 74:11 Lit From Your bosom
  6. Psalm 74:19 One Hb ms, LXX, Syr read Do not hand over to beasts a soul that praises You
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