Psalm 79 ©

The church of God bewails the extreme cruelty of the enemies which had destroyed Jerusalem and the temple, and entreats Him that, forgetting and forgiving their sins, He would, for His own glory’s sake, graciously and speedily deliver them, and punish the enemies to the everlasting praise of His Name.


A Psalm of 1Asaph.


O GOD, the heathen are come into thine 2inheritance; 3thy holy temple have they defiled; they have laid Jerusalem on heaps.


4The dead bodies of thy servants have they given to be meat unto the fowls of the heaven, the flesh of thy 5saints unto the beasts of the earth.


Their blood have they shed like water round about Jerusalem; and there was none to bury them.


Wea are become a 6reproach to our neighbours, a scorn and derision to them that are round about us.


Howb long, 7LORD? wilt thou be angry 8for ever? shall thy 9jealousy burn like fire?


10Pourc out thy wrath upon the heathen that have not known thee, and upon the kingdoms that have not called upon thy name.


For 11they have 12devoured Jacob, and laid waste his dwelling place.


Od remember not 13against us former iniquities: let thy tender mercies speedily prevent us: for we are brought very 14low.


Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of thy name: and deliver us, and 15purge away our sins, for thy name's sake.


Wherefore should the heathen say, Where is their God? 16let him be known among the heathen in our sight by the revenging of the blood of thy servants which is shed.


Let the sighing of the prisoner come before thee; according to the 17greatness of thy power 18preserve thou those 19that are appointed to die;


And render unto our neighbours 20sevenfold into their 21bosom their reproach, wherewith they have reproached thee, O Lord.


So we thy people and sheep of thy pasture will give thee thanks for ever: we will shew forth thy praise to 22all generations.