Psalms 74



1 A maskil* of Asaph.
O God, why dost Thou cast· us ·off perpetually?
Why does Thine anger smoke against the flock of Thy pasture?

2 Remember Thy congregation,
which Thou hast bought in ancient times,
which Thou hast redeemed for the tribe of Thine inheritance;
This is Mount Zion, in it Thou hast abided.

3 Exalt Thy footsteps to the perpetual vastations,
the enemy has done·​·evil to all things in the sanctuary.

4 Thine adversaries have roared in the midst of Thy solemn·​·occasions;
they have set their own signs for signs.

5 He is known as one who brings upward
axes into a thicket of trees.

6 And now her engravings
they pound·​·down together with hatchet and mauls.

7 They have set Thy sanctuary on fire;
they have profaned to the earth the habitation of Thy name.

8 They said in their heart, Let us exploit them together;
they have burned·​·up all the solemn places of God in the land.

9 We see not our signs, there is no more a prophet;
neither is there with us one who knows how long.

10 How long, O God, shall the adversary reproach?
Shall the enemy disdain Thy name perpetually?

11 Why turnest· Thou ·back Thy hand, and Thy right·​·hand?
Out·​·of the midst of Thy bosom consume·​·all!

12 But God is my king from ancient times,
working salvation in the midst of the earth.

13 Thou didst rupture the sea by Thy strength;
Thou breakest the heads of the whales on the waters.

14 Thou didst fracture the heads of Leviathan;
Thou gavest him to be food for the people, for the Tsiim.*

15 Thou didst split·​·open a fountain and a brook;
Thou didst dry·​·up the rivers of strength.

16 To Thee is the day, also to Thee is the night;
Thou hast prepared the light and the sun.

17 Thou hast set·​·up all the borders of the earth;
summer and winter, Thou hast formed them.

18 Remember this, the enemy has reproached Jehovah,
and a foolish people has disdained Thy name.

19 O give not the soul of Thy turtledove to the wild·​·animal;
forget not the life of Thine afflicted, perpetually.

20 Look to the covenant;
for the darknesses of the earth are·​·full of the homes of violence.

21 Let not the contrite return humiliated;
let the afflicted and needy praise Thy name.

22 Arise, O God, plead Thy plea;
remember Thy reproach from a fool all the day.

23 Thou shalt not forget the voice of Thine adversaries;
the uproar of those who rise·​·up·​·against Thee, going·​·up continually.

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Thanks to the Kempton Project for the permission to use this New Church translation of the Word.