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Psalms 74

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 1 O God, why have you cast us off forever? Why does your anger smoke against the sheep of your pasture?

 2 Remember your congregation which you have purchased of old, the tribe of your inheritance which you have redeemed — this mount Zion in which you have dwelled.

 3 Turn your footsteps to these perpetual desolations; all that the enemy has done wickedly in the sanctuary.

 4 Your enemies roar in the midst of your meeting place; they set up their emblems for signs.

 5 They seem like men who lifted up axes upon the thick trees.

 6 And now they break down the carved work of the Holy Place with axes and hammers.

 7 They have set fire to Your sanctuary; they have defiled the dwelling place of your name by casting it down to the ground.

 8 They said in their hearts, "Let us destroy them altogether." They have burned up all the meeting places of God in the land.

 9 We do not see miraculous signs; there is no longer any prophet, nor is there any among us who knows how long this will last.

 10 O God, how long will the adversary reproach? Will the enemy blaspheme your name forever?

 11 Why do you hold back your hand, even your right hand? Draw it out of your bosom and destroy them.

 12 For God is my King of old, working salvation in the midst of the earth.

 13 You divided the Red Sea by your strength; you broke the heads of the dragons in the waters.

 14 You crushed the heads of leviathan in pieces; you gave him as food for the people inhabiting the wilderness.

 15 You broke open the fountain and the flood; you dried up mighty rivers.

 16 The day is yours, the night also is yours; you have prepared the light and the sun.

 17 You have set all the borders of the earth; you have made summer and winter.

 18 Remember this, how the enemy has mocked you, O LORD, and how a foolish people have blasphemed your name.

 19 O, do not deliver the soul of your turtledove to the multitude of the wicked; do not forget the multitude of your poor forever.

 20 Have regard for your covenant, for the dark places of the earth are full of the habitations of cruelty.

 21 O, do not let the oppressed return in shame; let the poor and needy praise your name.

 22 Arise, O God, plead your own cause; remember how the foolish man reproaches you daily.

 23 Do not forget the voice of your enemies, the uproar of those who rise up against you, which ascends continually.

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