| The Book of Psalms.|
The Harvard Classics. 190914.
|A Complaint over the Devastation of the Land by the Enemy|
|Maschil of Asaph.|
| ||O GOD, why hast thou cast us off for ever?|
Why doth thine anger smoke against the sheep of thy pasture?
| ||Remember thy congregation, which thou hast gotten of old,|
Which thou hast redeemed to be the tribe of thine inheritance;
And mount Zion, wherein thou hast dwelt.
| ||Lift up thy feet unto the perpetual ruins,|
All 1 the evil that the enemy hath done in the sanctuary.
| ||Thine adversaries have roared in the midst of thine assembly;|
They have set up their ensigns for signs.
| ||They seemed 2 as men that lifted up|
Axes upon a thicket of trees.
And now all the carved work thereof
They break down with hatchet and hammers.
| ||They have set thy sanctuary on fire;|
They have profaned the dwelling-place of thy name by casting it to the ground.
| ||They said in their heart, Let us make havoc of them altogether:|
They have burned up all the synagogues 3 of God in the land.
| ||We see not our signs:|
There is no more any prophet;
Neither is there among us any that knoweth how long.
| ||How long, O God, shall the adversary reproach?|
Shall the enemy blaspheme thy name for ever?
| ||Why drawest thou back thy hand, even thy right hand?|
Pluck it out of thy bosom and consume them.
| ||Yet God is my King of old,|
Working salvation in the midst of the earth.
| ||Thou didst divide 4 the sea by thy strength:|
Thou brakest the heads of the sea-monsters in the waters.
| ||Thou brakest the heads of leviathan in pieces;|
Thou gavest him to be food to the people inhabiting the wilderness.
| ||Thou didst cleave fountain and flood:|
Thou driedst up mighty 5 rivers.
| ||The day is thine, the night also is thine:|
Thou hast prepared the light 6 and the sun.
| ||Thou hast set all the borders of the earth:|
Thou hast made summer and winter.
| ||Remember this, that the enemy hath 7 reproached, O Jehovah,|
And that a foolish people hath blasphemed thy name.
| ||Oh deliver not the 8 soul of thy turtle-dove unto the wild beast:|
Forget not the life 9 of thy poor for ever.
| ||Have respect unto the covenant;|
For the dark places of the earth 10 are full of the habitations of violence.
| ||Oh let not the oppressed return ashamed:|
Let the poor and needy praise thy name.
| ||Arise, O God, plead thine own cause:|
Remember how the foolish man reproacheth thee all the day.
| ||Forget not the voice of thine adversaries:|
The tumult of those that rise up against thee ascendeth 11 continually.