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Psalm 74:1-2 New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

Psalm 74[a]

Prayer at the Destruction of the Temple

A maskil of Asaph.

I

Why, God, have you cast us off forever?[b]
    Why does your anger burn against the sheep of your pasture?
Remember your people, whom you acquired of old,
    the tribe you redeemed as your own heritage,
    Mount Zion where you dwell.

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 74 A communal lament sung when the enemy invaded the Temple; it would be especially appropriate at the destruction of Jerusalem in 587 B.C. Israel’s God is urged to look upon the ruined sanctuary and remember the congregation who worshiped there (Ps 74:1–11). People and sanctuary are bound together; an attack on Zion is an attack on Israel. In the second half of the poem, the community brings before God the story of their origins—their creation (Ps 74:12–17)—in order to move God to reenact that deed of creation now. Will God allow a lesser power to destroy the divine project (Ps 74:18–23)?
  2. 74:1 Forever: the word implies that the disaster is already of long duration, cf. Ps 74:9 and note.
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Psalm 74:3-5 New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

Direct your steps toward the utter destruction,
    everything the enemy laid waste in the sanctuary.
Your foes roared triumphantly in the place of your assembly;
    they set up their own tokens of victory.
They hacked away like a forester gathering boughs,
    swinging his ax in a thicket of trees.

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Psalm 74:5-7 New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

They hacked away like a forester gathering boughs,
    swinging his ax in a thicket of trees.
They smashed all its engraved work,
    struck it with ax and pick.
They set your sanctuary on fire,
    profaned your name’s abode by razing it to the ground.

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Psalm 74:20-21 New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

20 Look to your covenant,
    for the recesses of the land
    are full of the haunts of violence.
21 Let not the oppressed turn back in shame;
    may the poor and needy praise your name.

New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

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