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Psalm 74 :: Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

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Prayer for Israel

A Maskil of Asaph.

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Why have you rejected us forever, God?

Why does your anger burn

against the sheep of your pasture?

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Remember your congregation,

which you purchased long ago

and redeemed as the tribe for your own possession.

Remember Mount Zion where you dwell.

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Make your way[fn] to the perpetual ruins,

to all that the enemy has destroyed in the sanctuary.

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Your adversaries roared in the meeting place

where you met with us.[fn]

They set up their emblems as signs.

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It was like men in a thicket of trees,

wielding axes,

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then smashing all the carvings

with hatchets and picks.

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They set your sanctuary on fire;

they utterly[fn] desecrated

the dwelling place of your name.

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They said in their hearts,

“Let us oppress them relentlessly.”

They burned every place throughout the land

where God met with us.[fn]

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There are no signs for us to see.

There is no longer a prophet.

And none of us knows how long this will last.

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God, how long will the enemy mock?

Will the foe insult your name forever?

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Why do you hold back your hand?

Stretch out[fn] your right hand and destroy them!

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God my King is from ancient times,

performing saving acts on the earth.

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You divided the sea with your strength;

you smashed the heads of the sea monsters in the water;

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you crushed the heads of Leviathan;

you fed him to the creatures of the desert.

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You opened up springs and streams;

you dried up ever-flowing rivers.

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The day is yours, also the night;

you established the moon and the sun.

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You set all the boundaries of the earth;

you made summer and winter.

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Remember this: the enemy has mocked the LORD,

and a foolish people has insulted your name.

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Do not give to beasts the life of your dove;[fn]

do not forget the lives of your poor people forever.

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Consider the covenant,

for the dark places of the land are full of violence.

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Do not let the oppressed turn away in shame;

let the poor and needy praise your name.

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Rise up, God, champion your cause!

Remember the insults

that fools bring against you all day long.

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Do not forget the clamor of your adversaries,

the tumult of your opponents that goes up constantly.

CSB Footnotes
Lit Lift up your steps
Lit in your meeting place
Lit they to the ground
Lit every meeting place of God in the land
Lit From your bosom
One Hb ms, LXX, Syr read life that praises you

Christian Standard Bible®, Copyright © 2017 by Holman Bible Publishers.

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