Psalm 74
Prayer for Israel
A Maskil of Asaph.74:0 1Ch 16:5,7
1Why have you rejected us forever, God?
Why does your anger burn
against the sheep of your pasture?74:1 Ex 32:11; Ps 60:1,10; 108:11
2Remember your congregation,
which you purchased long ago
and redeemed as the tribe for your own possession.74:2 Is 63:17; Jr 10:16; 51:19
Remember Mount Zion where you dwell.74:2 Is 8:18
3Make your way74:3 Lit Lift up your steps to the perpetual ruins,
to all that the enemy has destroyed in the sanctuary.74:3 Ps 79:1; Is 61:4
4Your adversaries roared in the meeting place
where you met with us.74:4 Lit in your meeting place
They set up their emblems as signs.74:4 Nm 2:2; Lm 2:6–7
5It was like men in a thicket of trees,
wielding axes,74:5 Jr 46:22
6then smashing all the carvings
with hatchets and picks.74:6 Lm 2:2
7They set your sanctuary on fire;
they utterly74:7 Lit they to the ground desecrated
the dwelling place of your name.74:7 2Kg 25:9; Ps 79:1
8They said in their hearts,
“Let’s oppress them relentlessly.”
They burned every place throughout the land
where God met with us.74:8 Lit every meeting place of God in the land74:8 Jos 18:1; 1Sm 3:21; 7:16; 2Ch 17:9; Ps 83:4
9There are no signs for us to see.
There is no longer a prophet.
And none of us knows how long this will last.74:9 1Sm 3:1; Lm 2:9; Ezk 7:26
10God, how long will the enemy mock?
Will the foe insult your name forever?74:10 Ps 79:12; 89:51
11Why do you hold back your hand?
Stretch out74:11 Lit From your bosom your right hand and destroy them!74:11 Ps 59:13; Lm 2:3

12God my King is from ancient times,
performing saving acts on the earth.74:12 Ps 47:6–8; 95:3; Jr 10:10
13You divided the sea with your strength;
you smashed the heads of the sea monsters in the water;74:13 Ex 14:21; Is 51:9; Ezk 32:2
14you crushed the heads of Leviathan;
you fed him to the creatures of the desert. 74:14 Jb 41:1; Ps 104:26; Is 27:1
15You opened up springs and streams;74:15 Ps 104:10–11
you dried up ever-flowing rivers.74:15 Is 42:15; 44:27
16The day is yours, also the night;
you established the moon and the sun.74:16 Gn 1:14–18; Ps 104:19
17You set all the boundaries of the earth;
you made summer and winter.74:17 Gn 8:22; Jb 38:10–11; Pr 8:29; Jr 5:22

18Remember this: the enemy has mocked the Lord,
and a foolish people has insulted your name.74:18 Ps 14:1; 53:1; 89:51
19Do not give to beasts the life of your dove;74:19 One Hb ms, LXX, Syr read life that praises you
do not forget the lives of your poor people forever.74:19 Ps 9:18; 68:10
20Consider the covenant,74:20 Dt 4:31; Ps 106:45
for the dark places of the land are full of violence.74:20 Ezk 7:23
21Do not let the oppressed turn away in shame;
let the poor and needy praise your name.74:21 Ps 9:9; 103:6; Is 41:7
22Rise up, God, champion your cause!74:22 Ps 9:19; 82:8
Remember the insults
that fools bring against you all day long.74:22 Ps 79:12
23Do not forget the clamor of your adversaries,
the tumult of your opponents that goes up constantly.74:23 Ps 65:7