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Psalm 74

Plea for Help in Time of National Humiliation

A Maskil of Asaph.

O God, why do you cast us off forever?
    Why does your anger smoke against the sheep of your pasture?(A)
Remember your congregation, which you acquired long ago,
    which you redeemed to be the tribe of your heritage.
    Remember Mount Zion, where you came to dwell.(B)
Direct your steps to the perpetual ruins;
    the enemy has destroyed everything in the sanctuary.(C)

Your foes have roared within your holy place;
    they set up their emblems there.(D)
At the upper entrance they hacked
    the wooden trellis with axes.[a](E)
And then, with hatchets and hammers,
    they smashed all its carved work.
They set your sanctuary on fire;
    they desecrated the dwelling place of your name,
    bringing it to the ground.(F)
They said to themselves, “We will utterly subdue them”;
    they burned all the meeting places of God in the land.(G)

We do not see our emblems;
    there is no longer any prophet,
    and there is no one among us who knows how long.(H)
10 How long, O God, is the foe to scoff?
    Is the enemy to revile your name forever?(I)
11 Why do you hold back your hand;
    why do you keep your hand in[b] your bosom?(J)

12 Yet God my King is from of old,
    working salvation in the earth.(K)
13 You divided the sea by your might;
    you broke the heads of the dragons in the waters.(L)
14 You crushed the heads of Leviathan;
    you gave him as food[c] for the creatures of the wilderness.
15 You cut openings for springs and torrents;
    you dried up ever-flowing streams.(M)
16 Yours is the day, yours also the night;
    you established the luminaries[d] and the sun.(N)
17 You have fixed all the bounds of the earth;
    you made summer and winter.(O)

18 Remember this, O Lord, how the enemy scoffs,
    and an impious people reviles your name.(P)
19 Do not deliver the soul of your dove to the wild animals;
    do not forget the life of your poor forever.(Q)

20 Have regard for your[e] covenant,
    for the dark places of the land are full of the haunts of violence.(R)
21 Do not let the downtrodden be put to shame;
    let the poor and needy praise your name.(S)
22 Rise up, O God, plead your cause;
    remember how the impious scoff at you all day long.(T)
23 Do not forget the clamor of your foes,
    the uproar of your adversaries that goes up continually.(U)

Psalm 75

Thanksgiving for God’s Wondrous Deeds

To the leader: Do Not Destroy. A Psalm of Asaph. A Song.

We give thanks to you, O God;
    we give thanks; your name is near.
People tell of your wondrous deeds.(V)

At the set time that I appoint,
    I will judge with equity.
When the earth totters, with all its inhabitants,
    it is I who keep its pillars steady. Selah
I say to the boastful, “Do not boast,”
    and to the wicked, “Do not lift up your horn;(W)
do not lift up your horn on high
    or speak with insolent neck.”(X)

For not from the east or from the west
    and not from the wilderness comes lifting up,(Y)
but it is God who executes judgment,
    putting down one and lifting up another.(Z)
For in the hand of the Lord there is a cup
    with foaming wine, well mixed;
he will pour a draught from it,
    and all the wicked of the earth
    shall drain it down to the dregs.(AA)
But I will rejoice[f] forever;
    I will sing praises to the God of Jacob.(AB)

10 All the horns of the wicked I will cut off,
    but the horns of the righteous shall be exalted.(AC)

Psalm 76

Israel’s God—Judge of All the Earth

To the leader: with stringed instruments. A Psalm of Asaph. A Song.

In Judah God is known;
    his name is great in Israel.(AD)
His abode has been established in Salem,
    his dwelling place in Zion.(AE)
There he broke the flashing arrows,
    the shield, the sword, and the weapons of war. Selah(AF)

Glorious are you, more majestic
    than the everlasting mountains.[g]
The courageous were stripped of their spoil;
    they sank into sleep;
none of the troops
    was able to lift a hand.(AG)
At your rebuke, O God of Jacob,
    both rider and horse lay stunned.

But you indeed are awesome!
    Who can stand before you
    when your anger is roused?(AH)
From the heavens you uttered judgment;
    the earth feared and was still(AI)
when God rose up to establish judgment,
    to save all the oppressed of the earth. Selah(AJ)

10 Human wrath serves only to praise you,
    when you bind the last bit of your[h] wrath around you.(AK)
11 Make vows to the Lord your God and perform them;
    let all who are around him bring gifts
    to the one who is awesome,(AL)
12 who cuts off the spirit of princes,
    who inspires fear in the kings of the earth.(AM)


  1. 74.5 Cn Compare Gk Syr: Meaning of Heb uncertain
  2. 74.11 Cn: Heb do you consume your right hand from
  3. 74.14 Heb food for the people
  4. 74.16 Or moon; Heb light
  5. 74.20 Gk Syr: Heb the
  6. 75.9 Gk: Heb declare
  7. 76.4 Gk: Heb the mountains of prey
  8. 76.10 Heb lacks your

16 So it depends not on human will or exertion but on God who shows mercy. 17 For the scripture says to Pharaoh, “I have raised you up for this very purpose, that I may show my power in you and that my name may be proclaimed in all the earth.”(A) 18 So then he has mercy on whomever he chooses, and he hardens the heart of whomever he chooses.

God’s Wrath and Mercy

19 You will say to me then, “Why then does he still find fault? For who can resist his will?”(B) 20 But who indeed are you, a human, to argue with God? Will what is molded say to the one who molds it, “Why have you made me like this?”(C) 21 Has the potter no right over the clay, to make out of the same lump one object for special use and another for ordinary use?(D) 22 What if God, desiring to show his wrath and to make known his power, has endured with much patience the objects of wrath that are made for destruction,(E) 23 and what if he has done so in order to make known the riches of his glory for the objects of mercy, which he has prepared beforehand for glory— 24 including us whom he has called, not from the Jews only but also from the gentiles? 25 As he also says in Hosea,

“Those who were not my people I will call ‘my people,’
    and her who was not beloved I will call ‘beloved.’ ”(F)
26 “And in the place where it was said to them, ‘You are not my people,’
    there they shall be called children of the living God.”(G)

27 And Isaiah cries out concerning Israel, “Though the number of the children of Israel were like the sand of the sea, only a remnant of them will be saved,(H) 28 for the Lord will execute his sentence on the earth quickly and decisively.”[a] 29 And as Isaiah predicted,

“If the Lord of hosts had not left descendants to us,
    we would have fared like Sodom
    and been made like Gomorrah.”(I)

Israel’s Unbelief

30 What then are we to say? Gentiles, who did not strive for righteousness, have attained it, that is, righteousness through faith,(J) 31 but Israel, who did strive for the law of righteousness, did not attain that law.(K) 32 Why not? Because they did not strive for it on the basis of faith but as if it were based on works. They have stumbled over the stumbling stone,(L) 33 as it is written,

“See, I am laying in Zion a stone that will make people stumble, a rock that will make them fall,
    and whoever trusts in him[b] will not be put to shame.”(M)

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  1. 9.28 Other ancient authorities read for he will finish his work and cut it short in righteousness, because the Lord will make the sentence shortened on the earth
  2. 9.33 Or it