Psalm 74:3
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New International Version
Turn your steps toward these everlasting ruins, all this destruction the enemy has brought on the sanctuary.

New Living Translation
Walk through the awful ruins of the city; see how the enemy has destroyed your sanctuary.

English Standard Version
Direct your steps to the perpetual ruins; the enemy has destroyed everything in the sanctuary!

New American Standard Bible
Turn Your footsteps toward the perpetual ruins; The enemy has damaged everything within the sanctuary.

King James Bible
Lift up thy feet unto the perpetual desolations; even all that the enemy hath done wickedly in the sanctuary.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Make Your way to the everlasting ruins, to all that the enemy has destroyed in the sanctuary.

International Standard Version
Hurry! Look at the permanent ruins— every calamity the enemy brought upon the Holy Place.

NET Bible
Hurry and look at the permanent ruins, and all the damage the enemy has done to the temple!

New Heart English Bible
Lift up your feet to the perpetual ruins, all the evil that the enemy has done in the sanctuary.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Lift your Servants above those who are taken by your might - everyone who oppresses is the enemy of your Holiness.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Turn your steps toward these pathetic ruins. The enemy has destroyed everything in the holy temple.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Lift up Thy steps because of the perpetual ruins, Even all the evil that the enemy hath done in the sanctuary.

New American Standard 1977
Turn Thy footsteps toward the perpetual ruins;
            The enemy has damaged everything within the sanctuary.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Lift up thy feet unto the eternal desolations, unto every enemy who has done wickedly in the sanctuary.

King James 2000 Bible
Lift up your feet unto the perpetual desolations; even all that the enemy has done wickedly in the sanctuary.

American King James Version
Lift up your feet to the perpetual desolations; even all that the enemy has done wickedly in the sanctuary.

American Standard Version
Lift up thy feet unto the perpetual ruins, All the evil that the enemy hath done in the sanctuary.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Lift up thy hands against their pride unto the end; see what things the enemy hath done wickedly in the sanctuary.

Darby Bible Translation
Lift up thy steps unto the perpetual desolations: everything in the sanctuary hath the enemy destroyed.

English Revised Version
Lift up thy feet unto the perpetual ruins, all the evil that the enemy hath done in the sanctuary.

Webster's Bible Translation
Lift up thy feet to the perpetual desolations; even all that the enemy hath done wickedly in the sanctuary.

World English Bible
Lift up your feet to the perpetual ruins, all the evil that the enemy has done in the sanctuary.

Young's Literal Translation
Lift up Thy steps to the perpetual desolations, Everything the enemy did wickedly in the sanctuary.
Study Bible
Why have You Rejected Us?
2Remember Your congregation, which You have purchased of old, Which You have redeemed to be the tribe of Your inheritance; And this Mount Zion, where You have dwelt. 3Turn Your footsteps toward the perpetual ruins; The enemy has damaged everything within the sanctuary. 4Your adversaries have roared in the midst of Your meeting place; They have set up their own standards for signs.…
Cross References
2 Kings 25:9
He burned the house of the LORD, the king's house, and all the houses of Jerusalem; even every great house he burned with fire.

Psalm 79:1
A Psalm of Asaph. O God, the nations have invaded Your inheritance; They have defiled Your holy temple; They have laid Jerusalem in ruins.

Isaiah 61:4
Then they will rebuild the ancient ruins, They will raise up the former devastations; And they will repair the ruined cities, The desolations of many generations.

Isaiah 63:18
Your holy people possessed Your sanctuary for a little while, Our adversaries have trodden it down.

Jeremiah 51:51
We are ashamed because we have heard reproach; Disgrace has covered our faces, For aliens have entered The holy places of the LORD'S house.

Lamentations 2:7
The Lord has rejected His altar, He has abandoned His sanctuary; He has delivered into the hand of the enemy The walls of her palaces. They have made a noise in the house of the LORD As in the day of an appointed feast.

Ezekiel 5:14
'Moreover, I will make you a desolation and a reproach among the nations which surround you, in the sight of all who pass by.
Treasury of Scripture

Lift up your feet to the perpetual desolations; even all that the enemy has done wickedly in the sanctuary.

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Psalm 44:23,26 Awake, why sleep you, O Lord? arise, cast us not off for ever…

Joshua 10:24 And it came to pass, when they brought out those kings to Joshua, …

2 Samuel 22:39-43 And I have consumed them, and wounded them, that they could not arise: …

Isaiah 10:6 I will send him against an hypocritical nation, and against the people …

Isaiah 25:10 For in this mountain shall the hand of the LORD rest, and Moab shall …

Isaiah 63:3-6 I have trodden the wine press alone; and of the people there was …

Micah 1:3 For, behold, the LORD comes forth out of his place, and will come …

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Psalm 102:13,14 You shall arise, and have mercy on Zion: for the time to favor her, …

Nehemiah 1:3 And they said to me, The remnant that are left of the captivity there …

Nehemiah 2:3,13 And said to the king, Let the king live for ever: why should not …

Isaiah 64:10,11 Your holy cities are a wilderness, Zion is a wilderness, Jerusalem …

Daniel 9:17 Now therefore, O our God, hear the prayer of your servant, and his …

Micah 3:12 Therefore shall Zion for your sake be plowed as a field, and Jerusalem …

Luke 21:24 And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away …

Revelation 11:2 But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure …

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Psalm 79:1 O God, the heathen are come into your inheritance; your holy temple …

Jeremiah 52:13 And burned the house of the LORD, and the king's house; and all the …

Lamentations 1:10 The adversary has spread out his hand on all her pleasant things: …

Daniel 8:11-14 Yes, he magnified himself even to the prince of the host, and by …

Daniel 9:27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week…

Daniel 11:31 And arms shall stand on his part, and they shall pollute the sanctuary …

Mark 11:17 And he taught, saying to them, Is it not written, My house shall …

(3) Lift up thy feet.--Better, Lift thy steps. A poetical expression. God is invoked to hasten to view the desolation of the Temple. A somewhat similar expression will be found in Genesis 29:1 (margin).

Perpetual desolations.--The word rendered "desolations" occurs also in Psalm 73:18, where it is rendered "destruction." Here, perhaps, we should render ruins which must be ever ruins, or complete ruins, or possibly, taking the first meaning of netsach, ruins of splendour. Isaiah 11:4 does not offer a parallel, since the Hebrew is different, and plainly refers to the long time the places have been in ruins.

Even all . . .--Better, the enemy hath devastated all in the holy place. 1 Maccabees 1:38-40; 1 Maccabees 3:45 ("Now Jerusalem lay void as a wilderness") give the best explanation of the verse, descriptive, as it is, of the condition of the whole of Zion.

Verse 3. - Lift up thy feet unto the perpetual desolations; or, the perpetual ruins. God is asked to visit and protect, or else to visit and inspect, the desolate ruins with which the Babylonians have covered Mount Zion. Even all that the enemy hath done wickedly in the sanctuary. The Babylonians had plundered the temple of all its treasures, breaking the precious Phoenician bronze work into pieces, and carrying off everything of value that was portable (2 Kings 25:13-17). They had also "burnt the house of the Lord "(ver. 9), and "broken down the walls of Jerusalem" (ver. 10) and the walls of the temple to a large extent (see below, ver. 7). It is quite certain that neither Shishak nor the Syrians under Antiochus Epiphanes created any such devastation. Lift up thy feet unto the perpetual desolations,.... That is, arise, hasten, move swiftly, and in the greatness of strength, and come and see the desolations made by the enemy, which look as if they would remain for ever; meaning either the desolations made in the city and temple of Jerusalem, either by Nebuchadnezzar, or by Titus; or the havocs and devastations made in the church of God by the tyranny and persecutions of antichrist; which have continued so long, that an end of them has been almost despaired of. So Jacob is said to "lift up his feet"; which we render went on his way, Genesis 29:1. Some take these words in a different sense, as a prayer for the destruction of the church's enemies; so the Targum,

"lift up thy feet or goings, to make desolate the nations for ever;''

and Kimchi makes but one sentence of this and the following clause, and reads it thus,

"lift up thy feet, to make desolate for ever every enemy that does wickedly in the sanctuary:''

but the accent "athnach", which divides propositions, and is upon the word forbids such a reading. The former sense is best, and most agreeable to the context;

even all that the enemy hath done wickedly in the sanctuary; by profaning and destroying the temple, as did Nebuchadnezzar, Antiochus, and Titus; or by antichrist sitting in the temple and church of God, setting up idolatrous worship in it, and blaspheming the tabernacle of God, and those that dwell therein, 2 Thessalonians 2:4. 3. Lift … feet—(Ge 29:1)—that is, Come (to behold) the desolations (Ps 73:19).74:1-11 This psalm appears to describe the destruction of Jerusalem and the temple by the Chaldeans. The deplorable case of the people of God, at the time, is spread before the Lord, and left with him. They plead the great things God had done for them. If the deliverance of Israel out of Egypt was encouragement to hope that he would not cast them off, much more reason have we to believe, that God will not cast off any whom Christ has redeemed with his own blood. Infidels and persecutors may silence faithful ministers, and shut up places of worship, and say they will destroy the people of God and their religion together. For a long time they may prosper in these attempts, and God's oppressed servants may see no prospect of deliverance; but there is a remnant of believers, the seed of a future harvest, and the despised church has survived those who once triumphed over her. When the power of enemies is most threatening, it is comfortable to flee to the power of God by earnest prayer.
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