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PSALMS · Chapter 74
74:1 O God, why have you cast us off for ever? why does your anger smoke
against the sheep of your pasture?
74:2 Remember your congregation, which you have purchased of old; the rod of your inheritance, which you have redeemed; this mount Zion, wherein you have dwelt.
74:3 Lift up your feet unto the perpetual desolations; even all that the enemy has done wickedly in the sanctuary.
74:4 your enemies roar in the midst of your congregations; they set up their ensigns for signs.
74:5 A man was famous according as he had lifted up axes upon the thick trees.
74:6 But now they break down the carved work thereof at once with axes and hammers.
74:7 They have cast fire into your sanctuary, they have defiled by casting down the dwelling place of your name to the ground.
74:8 They said in their hearts, Let us destroy them together: they have burned up all the synagogues of God in the land.
74:9 We see not our signs: there is no more any prophet: neither is there among us any that knows how long.
74:10 O God, how long shall the adversary reproach? shall the enemy blaspheme your name for ever?
74:11 Why withdraw you your hand, even your right hand? pluck it out of your bosom.
74:12 For God is my King of old, working salvation in the midst of the earth.
74:13 You did divide the sea by your strength: you brake the heads of the dragons in the waters.
74:14 You brake the heads of leviathan (p. sea serpent) in pieces, and gave him to be food to the people inhabiting the wilderness.
74:15 You did cleave the fountain and the flood: you dried up mighty rivers.
74:16 The day is yours, the night also is yours: you have prepared the light and the sun.
74:17 You have set all the borders of the earth: you have made summer and winter.
74:18 Remember this, that the enemy has reproached, O LORD, and that the foolish people have blasphemed your name.
74:19 O deliver not the soul of your turtledove unto the multitude of the wicked: forget not the congregation of your poor for ever.
74:20 Have respect unto the covenant: for the dark places of the earth are full of the habitations of cruelty.
74:21 O let not the oppressed return ashamed: let the poor and needy praise your name.
74:22 Arise, O God, plead your own cause: remember how the foolish man reproaches you daily.
74:23 Forget not the voice of your enemies: the tumult of those that rise up against you increases continually.
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