A well-written song54 by Asaph.
74:1 Why, O God, have you permanently rejected us?1
Why does your anger burn2 against the sheep of your pasture?
74:2 Remember your people3 whom you acquired in ancient times,
as well as Mount Zion, where you dwell!
74:3 Hurry and look6 at the permanent ruins,
and all the damage the enemy has done to the temple!7
they set up their battle flags.10
swinging their axes in a thick forest.11
they desecrate your dwelling place by knocking it to the ground.17
74:8 They say to themselves,18
“We will oppress all of them.”19
They burn down all the places where people worship God in the land.20
74:9 We do not see any signs of God’s presence;21
there are no longer any prophets22
and we have no one to tell us how long this will last.23
Will the enemy blaspheme your name forever?
Intervene and destroy him!24
74:12 But God has been my25 king from ancient times,
performing acts of deliverance on the earth.26
74:13 You destroyed27 the sea by your strength;
you shattered the heads of the sea monster28 in the water.
74:14 You crushed the heads of Leviathan;29
74:15 You broke open the spring and the stream;32
you dried up perpetually flowing rivers.33
74:16 You established the cycle of day and night;34
74:17 You set up all the boundaries37 of the earth;
you created the cycle of summer and winter.38
and how a foolish nation blasphemes your name!
74:19 Do not hand the life of your dove41 over to a wild animal!
Do not continue to disregard42 the lives of your oppressed people!
74:20 Remember your covenant promises,43
for the dark regions of the earth are full of places where violence rules.44
Let the oppressed and poor praise your name!45
74:22 Rise up, O God! Defend your honor!46
Remember how fools insult you all day long!47
or the unceasing shouts of those who defy you.50
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