Psalm 79:5
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New International Version
How long, LORD? Will you be angry forever? How long will your jealousy burn like fire?

New Living Translation
O LORD, how long will you be angry with us? Forever? How long will your jealousy burn like fire?

English Standard Version
How long, O LORD? Will you be angry forever? Will your jealousy burn like fire?

New American Standard Bible
How long, O LORD? Will You be angry forever? Will Your jealousy burn like fire?

King James Bible
How long, LORD? wilt thou be angry for ever? shall thy jealousy burn like fire?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
How long, Yahweh? Will You be angry forever? Will Your jealousy keep burning like fire?

International Standard Version
How long, LORD, will you be angry? Forever? Will your jealousy burn like fire?

NET Bible
How long will this go on, O LORD? Will you stay angry forever? How long will your rage burn like fire?

New Heart English Bible
How long, LORD? Will you be angry forever? Will your jealousy burn like fire?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
How long will you be angry, Lord Jehovah - forever? Your wrath burns like fire!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
How long, O LORD? Will you remain angry forever? Will your fury continue to burn like fire?

JPS Tanakh 1917
How long, O LORD, wilt Thou be angry for ever? How long will Thy jealousy burn like fire?

New American Standard 1977
How long, O LORD? Wilt Thou be angry forever?
            Will Thy jealousy burn like fire?

Jubilee Bible 2000
How long, LORD? wilt thou be angry for ever? shall thy jealousy burn like fire?

King James 2000 Bible
How long, LORD? will you be angry forever? shall your jealousy burn like fire?

American King James Version
How long, LORD? will you be angry for ever? shall your jealousy burn like fire?

American Standard Version
How long, O Jehovah? wilt thou be angry for ever? Shall thy jealousy burn like fire?

Douay-Rheims Bible
How long, O Lord, wilt thou be angry for ever: shall thy zeal be kindled like a fire?

Darby Bible Translation
How long, O Jehovah? wilt thou be angry for ever? Shall thy jealousy burn like fire?

English Revised Version
How long, O LORD, wilt thou be angry for ever? shall thy jealousy burn like fire?

Webster's Bible Translation
How long, LORD? wilt thou be angry for ever? shall thy jealousy burn like fire?

World English Bible
How long, Yahweh? Will you be angry forever? Will your jealousy burn like fire?

Young's Literal Translation
Till when, O Jehovah? art Thou angry for ever? Thy jealousy doth burn as fire.
Study Bible
How Long, O Lord?
4We have become a reproach to our neighbors, A scoffing and derision to those around us. 5How long, O LORD? Will You be angry forever? Will Your jealousy burn like fire? 6Pour out Your wrath upon the nations which do not know You, And upon the kingdoms which do not call upon Your name.…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 29:20
"The LORD shall never be willing to forgive him, but rather the anger of the LORD and His jealousy will burn against that man, and every curse which is written in this book will rest on him, and the LORD will blot out his name from under heaven.

Psalm 13:1
For the choir director. A Psalm of David. How long, O LORD? Will You forget me forever? How long will You hide Your face from me?

Psalm 60:1
For the choir director; according to Shushan Eduth. A Mikhtam of David, to teach; when he struggled with Aram-naharaim and with Aram-zobah, and Joab returned, and smote twelve thousand of Edom in the Valley of Salt. O God, You have rejected us. You have broken us; You have been angry; O, restore us.

Psalm 74:1
A Maskil of Asaph. O God, why have You rejected us forever? Why does Your anger smoke against the sheep of Your pasture?

Psalm 74:9
We do not see our signs; There is no longer any prophet, Nor is there any among us who knows how long.

Psalm 80:4
O LORD God of hosts, How long will You be angry with the prayer of Your people?

Psalm 85:5
Will You be angry with us forever? Will You prolong Your anger to all generations?

Psalm 89:46
How long, O LORD? Will You hide Yourself forever? Will Your wrath burn like fire?

Isaiah 6:11
Then I said, "Lord, how long?" And He answered, "Until cities are devastated and without inhabitant, Houses are without people And the land is utterly desolate,

Ezekiel 16:38
"Thus I will judge you like women who commit adultery or shed blood are judged; and I will bring on you the blood of wrath and jealousy.
Treasury of Scripture

How long, LORD? will you be angry for ever? shall your jealousy burn like fire?

how long

Psalm 13:1,2 How long will you forget me, O LORD? for ever? how long will you …

Psalm 74:1,9,10 O God, why have you cast us off for ever? why does your anger smoke …

Psalm 80:4 O LORD God of hosts, how long will you be angry against the prayer …

Psalm 89:46 How long, LORD? will you hide yourself for ever? shall your wrath …

Revelation 6:10 And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true…

wilt

Psalm 85:5 Will you be angry with us for ever? will you draw out your anger …

Psalm 103:9 He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for ever.

Isaiah 64:9 Be not wroth very sore, O LORD, neither remember iniquity for ever: …

Micah 7:18 Who is a God like to you, that pardons iniquity, and passes by the …

jealousy

Deuteronomy 29:20 The LORD will not spare him, but then the anger of the LORD and his …

Deuteronomy 32:16,22 They provoked him to jealousy with strange gods, with abominations …

Ezekiel 36:5 Therefore thus said the Lord GOD; Surely in the fire of my jealousy …

Zephaniah 1:18 Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them …

Zephaniah 3:8 Therefore wait you on me, said the LORD, until the day that I rise …

(5) How long, Lord?--The dominant cry of the Maccaban age. (See Psalm 74:9.)

Verse 5. - How long, Lord? i.e. "How long, O Lord, is this condition of things to endure?" (comp. Psalm 6:5; Psalm 90:13; Revelation 6:10). An ellipse after "how long?" is common. Wilt thou be angry forever? (see Psalm 13:1; Psalm 74:12; Lamentations 5:20). Shall thy jealousy burn like fire? It was their worship of other gods that God especially visited on his people by the Babylonish captivity (see Jeremiah, passim). How long, Lord, wilt thou be angry? for ever?.... That is, how long wilt thou be angry? shall it be for ever? see Psalm 85:4, for though what was done, or to be done, as before related, was or will be done by the enemies of the Lord's people, yet by his permission, and as a token of his anger and displeasure against them: at least it might be so understood, both by them and by their enemies; and hence this expostulation,

shall thy jealousy burn like fire? so jealousy does; its coals are coals of fire, Sol 8:6, there were, at the times referred to, such among the people, who did evil things, and provoked the Lord to jealousy and wrath: see the Apocrypha:

"And there was very great wrath upon Israel.'' (1 Maccabees 1:64)

"When this was done, and they had made a common supplication, they besought the merciful Lord to be reconciled with his servants for ever.'' (2 Maccabees 8:29) 5 How long, Lord? wilt thou be angry for ever? shall thy jealousy burn like fire?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Psalm 79:5

"How long, Lord?" Will there be no end to these chastisements? They are most sharp and overwhelming; wilt thou much longer continue them? "Wilt thou be angry for ever?" Is thy mercy gone so that thou wilt for ever smite? "Shall thy jealousy burn like fire?" There was great cause for the Lord to be jealous, since idols had been set up, and Israel had gone aside from his worship, but the Psalmist begs the Lord not to consume his people utterly as with fire, but to abate their woes.

Psalm 79:6

"Pour out thy wrath upon the heathen that have not known thee." If thou must smite look further afield; spare thy children and strike thy foes. There are lands where thou art in no measure acknowledged; be pleased to visit these first with thy judgments, and let thine erring Israel have a respite. "And upon the kingdoms that have not called upon thy name." Hear us the prayerful, and avenge thyself upon the prayerless. Sometimes providence appears to deal much more severely with the righteous than with the wicked, and this verse is a bold appeal founded upon such an appearance. It in effect says - Lord, if thou must empty out the vials of thy wrath, begin with those who have no measure of regard for thee, but are openly up in arms against thee; and be pleased to spare thy people, who are thine notwithstanding all their sins.

Psalm 79:7

"For they have devoured Jacob." The oppressor would quite eat up the saints if he could. If these lions do not swallow us, it is because the Lord has sent his angel and shut the lions' mouths. "And laid waste his dwelling place," or his pasture. The invader left no food for man or beast, but devoured all as the locust. The tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.

continued...5. How long—(Ps 13:1).

be angry—(Ps 74:1-10).

jealousy burn—(De 29:20).79:1-5 God is complained to: whither should children go but to a Father able and willing to help them? See what a change sin made in the holy city, when the heathen were suffered to pour in upon them. God's own people defiled it by their sins, therefore he suffered their enemies to defile it by their insolence. They desired that God would be reconciled. Those who desire God's favour as better than life, cannot but dread his wrath as worse than death. In every affliction we should first beseech the Lord to cleanse away the guilt of our sins; then he will visit us with his tender mercies.
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