79 Our God, foreign nations have taken your land, disgraced your temple, and left Jerusalem in ruins. 2 They have fed the bodies of your servants to flesh-eating birds; your loyal people are food for savage animals. 3 All Jerusalem is covered with their blood, and there is no one left to bury them. 4 Every nation around us sneers and makes fun.
5 Our Lord, will you keep on being angry? Will your angry feelings keep flaming up like fire? 6 Get angry with those nations that don’t know you and won’t worship you! 7 They have gobbled down Jacob’s descendants and left the land in ruins.
8 Don’t make us pay for the sins of our ancestors. Have pity and come quickly! We are completely helpless. 9 Our God, you keep us safe. Now help us! Rescue us. Forgive our sins and bring honor to yourself.
10 Why should nations ask us, “Where is your God?” Let us and the other nations see you take revenge for your servants who died a violent death.
11 Listen to the prisoners groan! Let your mighty power save all who are sentenced to die. 12 Each of those nations sneered at you, our Lord. Now let others sneer at them, seven times as much. 13 Then we, your people, will always thank you. We are like sheep with you as our shepherd, and all generations will hear us praise you.
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