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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Psalm 79 Lament for the Destruction of Jerusalem

Psalm 79 (New International Version)

Psalm 79

A psalm of Asaph.
 1 O God, the nations have invaded your inheritance;
       they have defiled your holy temple,
       they have reduced Jerusalem to rubble.
 2 They have given the dead bodies of your servants
       as food to the birds of the air,
       the flesh of your saints to the beasts of the earth.

 3 They have poured out blood like water
       all around Jerusalem,
       and there is no one to bury the dead.

 4 We are objects of reproach to our neighbors,
       of scorn and derision to those around us.

 5 How long, O LORD ? Will you be angry forever?
       How long will your jealousy burn like fire?

 6 Pour out your wrath on the nations
       that do not acknowledge you,
       on the kingdoms
       that do not call on your name;

 7 for they have devoured Jacob
       and destroyed his homeland.

 8 Do not hold against us the sins of the fathers;
       may your mercy come quickly to meet us,
       for we are in desperate need.

 9 Help us, O God our Savior,
       for the glory of your name;
       deliver us and forgive our sins
       for your name's sake.

 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.

 11 May the groans of the prisoners come before you;
       by the strength of your arm
       preserve those condemned to die.

 12 Pay back into the laps of our neighbors seven times
       the reproach they have hurled at you, O Lord.

 13 Then we your people, the sheep of your pasture,
       will praise you forever;
       from generation to generation
       we will recount your praise.