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   The Book of Psalms.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
Book III
 
LXXIV
 
A Complaint over the Devastation of the Land by the Enemy
 
 
Maschil of Asaph.
 
 
[1]  O GOD, why hast thou cast us off for ever?
Why doth thine anger smoke against the sheep of thy pasture?
[2]  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.
[3]  Lift up thy feet unto the perpetual ruins,
All 1 the evil that the enemy hath done in the sanctuary.
[4]  Thine adversaries have roared in the midst of thine assembly;
They have set up their ensigns for signs.
[5]  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.
[6]  They have set thy sanctuary on fire;
They have profaned the dwelling-place of thy name by casting it to the ground.
[7]  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.
[8]  We see not our signs:
There is no more any prophet;
Neither is there among us any that knoweth how long.
[9]  How long, O God, shall the adversary reproach?
Shall the enemy blaspheme thy name for ever?
[10]  Why drawest thou back thy hand, even thy right hand?
Pluck it out of thy bosom and consume them.
 
[11]  Yet God is my King of old,
Working salvation in the midst of the earth.
[12]  Thou didst divide 4 the sea by thy strength:
Thou brakest the heads of the sea-monsters in the waters.
[13]  Thou brakest the heads of leviathan in pieces;
Thou gavest him to be food to the people inhabiting the wilderness.
[14]  Thou didst cleave fountain and flood:
Thou driedst up mighty 5 rivers.
[15]  The day is thine, the night also is thine:
Thou hast prepared the light 6 and the sun.
[16]  Thou hast set all the borders of the earth:
Thou hast made summer and winter.
[17]  Remember this, that the enemy hath 7 reproached, O Jehovah,
And that a foolish people hath blasphemed thy name.
[18]  Oh deliver not the 8 soul of thy turtle-dove unto the wild beast:
Forget not the life 9 of thy poor for ever.
[19]  Have respect unto the covenant;
For the dark places of the earth 10 are full of the habitations of violence.
[20]  Oh let not the oppressed return ashamed:
Let the poor and needy praise thy name.
[21]  Arise, O God, plead thine own cause:
Remember how the foolish man reproacheth thee all the day.
[22]  Forget not the voice of thine adversaries:
The tumult of those that rise up against thee ascendeth 11 continually.
 
Note 1. Or, The enemy hath wrought all evil. [back]
Note 2. Or, made themselves known. [back]
Note 3. Or, places of assembly. [back]
Note 4. Heb. break up. [back]
Note 5. Or, ever-flowing. [back]
Note 6. Heb. luminary. [back]
Note 7. Or, hath reproached Jehovah. [back]
Note 8. Or, thy turtle-dove unto the greedy multitude. [back]
Note 9. Or, multitude. [back]
Note 10. Or, land. [back]
Note 11. Or, which ascendeth. [back]
 

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