Psalm 79
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Psalm 79

A psalm of Asaph.

1O God, foreigners have invaded your chosen land;

they have polluted your holy temple

and turned Jerusalem into a heap of ruins.

2They have given the corpses of your servants

to the birds of the sky;

the flesh of your loyal followers

to the beasts of the earth.

3They have made their blood flow like water

all around Jerusalem, and there is no one to bury them.

4We have become an object of disdain to our neighbors;

those who live on our borders taunt and insult us.

5How long will this go on, O Lord?

Will you stay angry forever?

How long will your rage burn like fire?

6Pour out your anger on the nations that do not acknowledge you,

on the kingdoms that do not pray to you!

7For they have devoured Jacob

and destroyed his home.

8Do not hold us accountable for the sins of earlier generations!

Quickly send your compassion our way,

for we are in serious trouble!

9Help us, O God, our deliverer!

For the sake of your glorious reputation, rescue us!

Forgive our sins for the sake of your reputation!

10Why should the nations say, “Where is their God?”

Before our very eyes may the shed blood of your servants

be avenged among the nations!

11Listen to the painful cries of the prisoners!

Use your great strength to set free those condemned to die!

12Pay back our neighbors in full!

May they be insulted the same way they insulted you, O Lord!

13Then we, your people, the sheep of your pasture,

will continually thank you.

We will tell coming generations of your praiseworthy acts.

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