Prayer for Israel
1Why have you rejected us forever, God?
Why does your anger burn
2Remember your congregation,
which you purchased long ago
Remember Mount Zion where you dwell.74:2 Is 8:18
3Make your way74:3 Lit Lift up your steps to the perpetual ruins,
4Your adversaries roared in the meeting place
where you met with us.74:4 Lit in your meeting place
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
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.
10God, how long will the enemy mock?
11Why do you hold back your hand?
12God my King is from ancient times,
13You divided the sea with your strength;
14you crushed the heads of Leviathan;
16The day is yours, also the night;
17You set all the boundaries of the earth;
18Remember this: the enemy has mocked the Lord,
19Do not give to beasts the life of your dove;74:19 One Hb ms, LXX, Syr read life that praises you
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;
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
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