Psalm 79
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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, nations have invaded your land to desecrate your holy Temple, to destroy Jerusalem,
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.2to give the corpses of your servants as food for the birds of the skies and the flesh of your godly ones to the beasts of the earth;
3Blood has flowed like water all around Jerusalem; no one is left to bury the dead.3to make their blood flow like water around Jerusalem, with no one being buried.
4We are mocked by our neighbors, an object of scorn and derision to those around us.4We have become a reproach to our neighbors, a mockery and a derision 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 burn 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 upon the nations that do not acknowledge you, and over the kingdoms that do not call on your name.
7For they have devoured your people Israel, making the land a desolate wilderness.7For they consumed Jacob, making his dwelling place desolate.
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.8Don't charge us for previous iniquity, but let your compassion come quickly to us, for we have been brought very low.
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.9Help us, God, our deliverer, on account of your glorious name, deliver us and forgive our sins on account of your name.
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 say, "Where is their God?" Let vengeance for the blood of your servants be meted out before our eyes and among the nations.
11Listen to the moaning of the prisoners. Demonstrate your great power by saving those condemned to die.11Let the cries of the prisoners reach you. With the strength of your power, release those condemned to death.
12O Lord, pay back our neighbors seven times for the scorn they have hurled at you.12Pay back our neighbors seven times the reproach with which they reproached 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 praise you always, from generation to generation. We will declare your praise.
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Psalm 78
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