A Lament over the Destruction of Jerusalem, and Prayer for Help.
A Psalm of Asaph.
1 O God, the anations have 1invaded bYour inheritance;
They have defiled Your choly temple;
They have dlaid Jerusalem in ruins.
2 They have given the adead bodies of Your servants for food to the birds of the heavens,
The flesh of Your godly ones to the beasts of the earth.
3 They have poured out their blood like water round about Jerusalem;
And there was ano one to bury them.
4 We have become a areproach to our neighbors,
A scoffing and derision to those around us.
5 aHow long, O Lord? Will You be angry forever?
Will Your bjealousy cburn like fire?
6 aPour out Your wrath upon the nations which bdo not know You,
And upon the kingdoms which cdo not call upon Your name.
7 For they have adevoured Jacob
And blaid waste his 1habitation.
8 aDo not remember 1the iniquities of our forefathers against us;
Let Your compassion come quickly to bmeet us,
For we are cbrought very low.
9 aHelp us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of bYour name;
And deliver us and 1cforgive our sins dfor Your name’s sake.
10 aWhy should the nations say, “Where is their God?”
Let there be known among the nations in our sight,
bVengeance for the blood of Your servants which has been shed.
11 Let athe groaning of the prisoner come before You;
According to the greatness of Your 1power preserve 2those who are adoomed to die.
12 And return to our neighbors asevenfold binto their bosom
1The creproach with which they have reproached You, O Lord.
13 So we Your people and the asheep of Your 1pasture
Will bgive thanks to You forever;
To all generations we will ctell of Your praise.
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