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Psalms 74

Psalms 74:1  
God, why have you rejected us forever? Why does your anger smolder against the sheep of your pasture?

Psalms 74:2  
Remember your congregation, which you purchased of old, which you have redeemed to be the tribe of your inheritance: Mount Zion, in which you have lived.

Psalms 74:3  
Lift up your feet to the perpetual ruins, all the evil that the enemy has done in the sanctuary.

Psalms 74:4  
Your adversaries have roared in the middle of your assembly. They have set up their standards as signs.

Psalms 74:5  
They behaved like men wielding axes, cutting through a thicket of trees.

Psalms 74:6  
Now they break all its carved work down with hatchet and hammers.

Psalms 74:7  
They have burned your sanctuary to the ground. They have profaned the dwelling place of your Name.

Psalms 74:8  
They said in their heart, “We will crush them completely.” They have burned up all the places in the land where God was worshiped.

Psalms 74:9  
We see no miraculous signs. There is no longer any prophet, neither is there among us anyone who knows how long.

Psalms 74:10  
How long, God, shall the adversary reproach? Shall the enemy blaspheme your name forever?

Psalms 74:11  
Why do you draw back your hand, even your right hand? Take it from your chest and consume them!

Psalms 74:12  
Yet God is my King of old, working salvation throughout the earth.

Psalms 74:13  
You divided the sea by your strength. You broke the heads of the sea monsters in the waters.

Psalms 74:14  
You broke the heads of Leviathan in pieces. You gave him as food to people and desert creatures.

Psalms 74:15  
You opened up spring and stream. You dried up mighty rivers.

Psalms 74:16  
The day is yours, the night is also yours. You have prepared the light and the sun.

Psalms 74:17  
You have set all the boundaries of the earth. You have made summer and winter.

Psalms 74:18  
Remember this, that the enemy has mocked you, Yahweh. Foolish people have blasphemed your name.

Psalms 74:19  
Don’t deliver the soul of your dove to wild beasts. Don’t forget the life of your poor forever.

Psalms 74:20  
Honor your covenant, for haunts of violence fill the dark places of the earth.

Psalms 74:21  
Don’t let the oppressed return ashamed. Let the poor and needy praise your name.

Psalms 74:22  
Arise, God! Plead your own cause. Remember how the foolish man mocks you all day.

Psalms 74:23  
Don’t forget the voice of your adversaries. The tumult of those who rise up against you ascends continually.


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