How Long, O Lord?

79 A Psalm of yAsaph.

  O God, zthe nations have come into your ainheritance;

they have defiled your bholy temple;

they have claid Jerusalem in ruins.

  They have given dthe bodies of your servants

to the birds of the heavens for food,

the flesh of your efaithful to fthe beasts of the earth.

  They have poured out their blood like water

all around Jerusalem,

and there was gno one to bury them.

  We have become ha taunt to our neighbors,

hmocked and derided by those around us.

  iHow long, O Lord? Will you be angry jforever?

Will your kjealousy lburn like fire?

  mPour out your anger on the nations

that ndo not know you,

and on the kingdoms

that odo not call upon your name!

  For they have devoured Jacob

and laid waste his habitation.

  pDo not remember against us qour former iniquities;1

let your compassion come speedily to meet us,

for we are rbrought very low.

  sHelp us, O God of our salvation,

for the glory of your name;

deliver us, and tatone for our sins,

for your uname’s sake!

  10  vWhy should the nations say,

“Where is their God?”

Let wthe avenging of the outpoured blood of your servants

be known among the nations before our eyes!

  11  Let xthe groans of the prisoners come before you;

according to your great power, preserve those ydoomed to die!

  12  Return zsevenfold into the alap of our neighbors

the btaunts with which they have taunted you, O Lord!

  13  But we your people, the csheep of your pasture,

will dgive thanks to you forever;

from generation to generation we will recount your praise.

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