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Psalm 74 :: New King James Version (NKJV)

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A Plea for Relief from Oppressors
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 74:1 - A Contemplation[fn] of Asaph.

O God, why have You cast us off forever?
Why does Your anger smoke against the sheep of Your pasture?
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 74:2 - Remember Your congregation, which You have purchased of old,
The tribe of Your inheritance, which You have redeemed—
This Mount Zion where You have dwelt.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 74:3 - Lift up Your feet to the perpetual desolations.
The enemy has damaged everything in the sanctuary.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 74:4 - Your enemies roar in the midst of Your meeting place;
They set up their banners for signs.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 74:5 - They seem like men who lift up
Axes among the thick trees.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 74:6 - And now they break down its carved work, all at once,
With axes and hammers.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 74:7 - They have set fire to Your sanctuary;
They have defiled the dwelling place of Your name to the ground.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 74:8 - They said in their hearts,
“Let us destroy them altogether.”
They have burned up all the meeting places of God in the land.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 74:9 - We do not see our signs;
There is no longer any prophet;
Nor is there any among us who knows how long.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 74:10 - O God, how long will the adversary reproach?
Will the enemy blaspheme Your name forever?
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 74:11 - Why do You withdraw Your hand, even Your right hand?
Take it out of Your bosom and destroy them.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 74:12 - For God is my King from of old,
Working salvation in the midst of the earth.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 74:13 - You divided the sea by Your strength;
You broke the heads of the sea serpents in the waters.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 74:14 - You broke the heads of Leviathan in pieces,
And gave him as food to the people inhabiting the wilderness.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 74:15 - You broke open the fountain and the flood;
You dried up mighty rivers.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 74:16 - The day is Yours, the night also is Yours;
You have prepared the light and the sun.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 74:17 - You have set all the borders of the earth;
You have made summer and winter.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 74:18 - Remember this, that the enemy has reproached, O LORD,
And that a foolish people has blasphemed Your name.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 74:19 - Oh, do not deliver the life of Your turtledove to the wild beast!
Do not forget the life of Your poor forever.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 74:20 - Have respect to the covenant;
For the dark places of the earth are full of the haunts of cruelty.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 74:21 - Oh, do not let the oppressed return ashamed!
Let the poor and needy praise Your name.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 74:22 - Arise, O God, plead Your own cause;
Remember how the foolish man reproaches You daily.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 74:23 - Do not forget the voice of Your enemies;
The tumult of those who rise up against You increases continually.
NKJV Footnotes
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New King James Version, © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

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