An Appeal against the Devastation of the Land by the Enemy.

A Possibly, Contemplative; or Didactic; or Skillful PsalmMaskil of Asaph.

1God, why have You rejected us forever?
Why does Your anger smoke against the sheep of Your Or pasturingpasture?
2Remember Your congregation, which You purchased of old,
Which You have redeemed to be the tribe of Your inheritance;
And this Mount Zion, where You have dwelt.
3 Lit Lift Your footsteps Step toward the Lit ruins ruined for all timeirreparable ruins;
The enemy has damaged everything in the sanctuary.
4Your adversaries have roared in the midst of Your meeting place;
They have set up their own signs as signs.
5It Lit is known asseems like one bringing up
His axe into a Lit thicketforest of trees.
6And now they break down Lit altogetherall its carved work
With axe and hammers.
7They have Lit set on fireburned Your sanctuary Or To the ground they...to the ground;
They have defiled the dwelling place of Your name.
8They said in their heart, “Let’s Lit altogethercompletely Or oppresssubdue them.”
They have burned all the meeting places of God in the land.
9We do not see our signs;
There is no longer any prophet,
Nor is there anyone among us who knows how long.
10How long, God, will the enemy taunt You?
Shall the enemy treat Your name disrespectfully forever?
11Why do You withdraw Your hand, even Your right hand?
Extend it from Your chest and destroy them!
12Yet God is my King from long ago,
Who performs acts of salvation in the midst of the earth.
13 Or You Yourself You divided the sea by Your strength;
Or You Yourself You broke the heads of the sea monsters Lit onin the waters.
14 Or You Yourself You crushed the heads of Or sea monsterLeviathan;
You gave him as food for the Lit peoplecreatures of the wilderness.
15 Or You Yourself You broke open springs and torrents;
Or You Yourself You dried up ever-flowing streams.
16Yours is the day, Yours also is the night;
Or You Yourself You have prepared the Or luminarylight and the sun.
17 Or You Yourself You have established all the boundaries of the earth;
Or You Yourself You have Or formedcreated summer and winter.
18Remember this, Or that the enemy has taunted the LordLord, that the enemy has taunted You,
And a foolish people has treated Your name disrespectfully.
19Do not give the soul of Your turtledove to the wild animal;
Do not forget the life of Your afflicted forever.
20Consider the covenant;
For the dark places of the land are full of the places of violence.
21May the oppressed person not return dishonored;
May the afflicted and the needy praise Your name.
22Arise, God, and plead Your own cause;
Remember Lit Your reproach from the foolish manhow the foolish person taunts You all day long.
23Do not forget the voice of Your adversaries,
The uproar of those who rise against You, which ascends continually.