Psalms

Psalm 74 ©

1The Psalmist complaineth of the desolation of the sanctuary: 10he moveth God to help in consideration of his power, 18of the reproach of the enemies, 19and of his church and covenant.

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1Maschil of Asaph.

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O GOD, awhy hast thou cast us off for ever? why bdoth thine anger smoke against cthe sheep of thy pasture?

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Remember dthy congregation, which thou hast purchased of old; the 2rod of thine inheritance, which thou hast redeemed; this emount Zion, wherein thou hast dwelt.

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fLift up thy feet unto the perpetual gdesolations; even all that hthe enemy hath done wickedly in the sanctuary.

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iThine enemies roar in the midst of thy congregations; jthey set up their *ensigns for signs.

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A man was famous according as he khad lifted up axes upon the thick trees.

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But now they break down lthe carved work thereof at once with axes and hammers.

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3They have cast fire into thy sanctuary, they have defiled by casting down the dwelling place of thy name to the ground.

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They said in their hearts, mLet us 4destroy them together: they have burned up all the nsynagogues of God in the land.

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We osee not our signs: there is pno more any prophet: neither is there among us any that knoweth how long.

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O God, qhow long shall the adversary reproach? shall the enemy blaspheme thy name for ever?

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Why rwithdrawest thou thy hand, even thy right hand? pluck it out of thy bosom.

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For sGod is my King of old, working salvation in the midst of the earth.

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Thou tdidst 5divide the sea by thy strength: thou ubrakest the heads of the 6*dragons in the waters.

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Thou brakest the heads of v*leviathan in pieces, and gavest him to be wmeat to the people inhabiting the wilderness.

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Thou xdidst cleave the fountain and the flood: ythou driedst up 7mighty rivers.

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The zday is thine, the night also is thine: thou hast prepared the light and the sun.

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Thou ahast set all the borders of the earth: thou hast 8made summer and winter.

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bRemember this, that the enemy hath reproached, O LORD, and that the foolish people have blasphemed thy name.

b v.2,22. Ps. 89.50,51; 94.7,8. De. 32.21. Re. 16.19. Ps. 137.7.
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O deliver not the soul of thy cturtledove unto the multitude of the wicked: forget not the congregation of thy poor for ever.

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dHave respect unto the covenant: for the edark places of the earth are full of the habitations of cruelty.

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O flet not the oppressed return ashamed: let the poor and needy praise thy name.

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gArise, O God, plead thine own cause: remember how the foolish man hreproacheth thee daily.

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Forget not the voice of thine enemies: ithe tumult of those that rise up against thee 9increaseth continually.