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Psalm 79

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The psalmist complains of the desolation of Jerusalem.

A Psalm by Asaph.

79:1 God, the nations have come into your inheritance.
They have defiled your holy temple.
They have laid Jerusalem in heaps.

79:2 They have given the dead bodies of your servants to be food for the birds of the sky,
the flesh of your saints to the animals of the earth.

79:3 Their blood they have shed like water around Jerusalem.
There was no one to bury them.

79:4 We have become a reproach to our neighbors,
a scoffing and derision to those who are around us.

79:5 How long, Yahweh?
Will you be angry forever?
Will your jealousy burn like fire?

79:6 Pour out your wrath on the nations that donít know you;
on the kingdoms that donít call on your name;

79:7 For they have devoured Jacob,
and destroyed his homeland.

He prays for deliverance;

79:8 Donít hold the iniquities of our forefathers against us.
Let your tender mercies speedily meet us,
for we are in desperate need.

79:9 Help us, God of our salvation, for the glory of your name.
Deliver us, and forgive our sins, for your nameís sake.

79:10 Why should the nations say, ďWhere is their God?Ē
Let it be known among the nations, before our eyes,
that vengeance for your servantsí blood is being poured out.

79:11 Let the sighing of the prisoner come before you.
According to the greatness of your power, preserve those who are sentenced to death.

79:12 Pay back to our neighbors seven times into their bosom
their reproach with which they have reproached you, Lord.

and promises thankfulness.

79:13 So we, your people and sheep of your pasture,
will give you thanks forever.
We will praise you forever, to all generations.

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