Psalm 79
New Living TranslationChristian Standard Bible
1O God, pagan nations have conquered your land, your special possession. They have defiled your holy Temple and made Jerusalem a heap of ruins.1God, the nations have invaded your inheritance, desecrated your holy temple, and turned Jerusalem into ruins.
2They have left the bodies of your servants as food for the birds of heaven. The flesh of your godly ones has become food for the wild animals.2They gave the corpses of your servants to the birds of the sky for food, the flesh of your faithful ones to the beasts of the earth.
3Blood has flowed like water all around Jerusalem; no one is left to bury the dead.3They poured out their blood like water all around Jerusalem, and there was no one to bury them.
4We are mocked by our neighbors, an object of scorn and derision to those around us.4We have become an object of reproach to our neighbors, a source of mockery and ridicule to those around us.
5O LORD, how long will you be angry with us? Forever? How long will your jealousy burn like fire?5How long, LORD? Will you be angry forever? Will your jealousy keep burning like fire?
6Pour out your wrath on the nations that refuse to acknowledge you— on kingdoms that do not call upon your name.6Pour out your wrath on the nations that don't acknowledge you, on the kingdoms that don't call on your name,
7For they have devoured your people Israel, making the land a desolate wilderness.7for they have devoured Jacob and devastated his homeland.
8Do not hold us guilty for the sins of our ancestors! Let your compassion quickly meet our needs, for we are on the brink of despair.8Do not hold past iniquities against us; let your compassion come to us quickly, for we have become very weak.
9Help us, O God of our salvation! Help us for the glory of your name. Save us and forgive our sins for the honor of your name.9God of our salvation, help us--for the glory of your name. Rescue us and atone for our sins, for your name's sake.
10Why should pagan nations be allowed to scoff, asking, “Where is their God?” Show us your vengeance against the nations, for they have spilled the blood of your servants.10Why should the nations ask, "Where is their God?" Before our eyes, let vengeance for the shed blood of your servants be known among the nations.
11Listen to the moaning of the prisoners. Demonstrate your great power by saving those condemned to die.11Let the groans of the prisoners reach you; according to your great power, preserve those condemned to die.
12O Lord, pay back our neighbors seven times for the scorn they have hurled at you.12Pay back sevenfold to our neighbors the reproach they have hurled at you, Lord.
13Then we your people, the sheep of your pasture, will thank you forever and ever, praising your greatness from generation to generation.13Then we, your people, the sheep of your pasture, will thank you forever; we will declare your praise to generation after generation.
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Psalm 78
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