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Psalm 79 :: New International Version (NIV)

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Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 79:1 - A psalm of Asaph. O God, the nations have invaded your inheritance; they have defiled your holy temple, they have reduced Jerusalem to rubble.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 79:2 - They have left the dead bodies of your servants as food for the birds of the sky, the flesh of your own people for the animals of the wild.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 79:3 - They have poured out blood like water all around Jerusalem, and there is no one to bury the dead.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 79:4 - We are objects of contempt to our neighbors, of scorn and derision to those around us.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 79:5 - How long, LORD? Will you be angry forever? How long will your jealousy burn like fire?
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 79:6 - Pour out your wrath on the nations that do not acknowledge you, on the kingdoms that do not call on your name;
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 79:7 - for they have devoured Jacob and devastated his homeland.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 79:8 - Do not hold against us the sins of past generations; may your mercy come quickly to meet us, for we are in desperate need.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 79:9 - Help us, God our Savior, for the glory of your name; deliver us and forgive our sins for your name’s sake.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 79:10 - Why should the nations say, “Where is their God?” Before our eyes, make known among the nations that you avenge the outpoured blood of your servants.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 79:11 - May the groans of the prisoners come before you; with your strong arm preserve those condemned to die.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 79:12 - Pay back into the laps of our neighbors seven times the contempt they have hurled at you, Lord.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 79:13 - Then we your people, the sheep of your pasture, will praise you forever; from generation to generation we will proclaim your praise.

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