| The Book of Psalms.|
The Harvard Classics. 190914.
|A Lament over the Destruction of Jerusalem, and Prayer for Help|
|A Psalm of Asaph.|
| ||O GOD, the nations are come into thine inheritance;|
Thy holy temple have they defiled;
They have laid Jerusalem in heaps.
| ||The dead bodies of thy servants have they given to be food unto the birds of the heavens,|
The flesh of thy saints unto the beasts of the earth.
| ||Their blood have they shed like water round about Jerusalem;|
And there was none to bury them.
| ||We are become a reproach to our neighbors,|
A scoffing and derision to them that are round about us.
| ||How long, O Jehovah? wilt thou be angry for ever?|
Shall thy jealousy burn like fire?
| ||Pour out thy wrath upon the nations that know thee not,|
And upon the kingdoms that call not upon thy name.
| ||For they have devoured Jacob,|
And laid waste his habitation. 1
| ||Remember not against us the iniquities of our forefathers:|
Let thy tender mercies speedily meet us;
For we are brought very low.
| ||Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of thy name;|
And deliver us, and forgive 2 our sins, for thy names sake.
| ||Wherefore should the nations say, Where is their God?|
Let the avenging of the blood of thy servants which is shed
Be known among the nations in our sight.
| ||Let the sighing of the prisoner come before thee:|
According to the greatness of thy 3 power preserve thou those 4 that are appointed to death;
| ||And render unto our neighbors sevenfold into their bosom.|
Their reproach, wherewith they have reproached thee, O Lord.
| ||So we thy people and sheep of thy pasture|
Will give thee thanks for ever:
We will show forth thy praise to all generations.