79 God, nations have come against your ·chosen people [L inheritance]. They have ·ruined [profaned] your holy Temple. They have turned Jerusalem into ·ruins [a dump; 2 Kin. 25:9–10]. 2 They have given the bodies of your servants as food to the ·wild birds [L birds of the sky/heavens]. They have given the ·bodies [L flesh] of ·those who worship you [your faithful ones; saints] to the wild animals [Jer. 34:20]. 3 They have spilled blood like water all around Jerusalem. No one was left to bury the dead. 4 We are a ·joke [reproach; scorn] to the ·other nations [L residents]; ·they [L the people around us] ·laugh [ridicule] and make fun of us.
5 Lord, how long? Will you be angry forever? How long will your jealousy burn like a fire? 6 ·Be angry with [L Pour out your wrath on] the nations that do not know you and ·with [or on] the kingdoms that do not ·honor you [L call on your name]. 7 They have ·gobbled up [devoured] the people of Jacob and ·destroyed [desolated] their ·land [pasturage]. 8 Don’t ·punish us for our past sins [L remember our former guilt]. Show your ·mercy [compassion] to us soon, because we are ·helpless [very low]! 9 God our ·Savior [Victor], help us ·so people will praise you [L for the glory of your name]. ·Save [Protect] us and ·forgive [atone for] our sins ·so people will honor you [L for your name]. 10 Why should the nations say, “Where is their God?” ·Tell [Inform] the other nations ·in our presence [L before our eyes] that you ·punish [avenge] ·those who kill your servants [L the blood of your servants that has been poured out]. 11 ·Hear the moans of the prisoners [Let the groans of the prisoner come before you]. Use your great ·power [L arm] to save those ·sentenced [doomed] to die.
12 Repay ·those around [L into the bosom of those around] us seven times over for their ·insults to [reproach/scorn of] you, Lord. 13 We are your people, the sheep of your ·flock [pasture]. We will ·thank [praise] you always; ·forever and ever [from generation to generation] we ·will praise you [L recount your praise].
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