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   The Book of Psalms.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
Book III
 
LXXIX
 
A Lament over the Destruction of Jerusalem, and Prayer for Help
 
 
A Psalm of Asaph.
 
 
[1]  O GOD, the nations are come into thine inheritance;
Thy holy temple have they defiled;
They have laid Jerusalem in heaps.
[2]  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.
[3]  Their blood have they shed like water round about Jerusalem;
And there was none to bury them.
[4]  We are become a reproach to our neighbors,
A scoffing and derision to them that are round about us.
[5]  How long, O Jehovah? wilt thou be angry for ever?
Shall thy jealousy burn like fire?
[6]  Pour out thy wrath upon the nations that know thee not,
And upon the kingdoms that call not upon thy name.
[7]  For they have devoured Jacob,
And laid waste his habitation. 1
[8]  Remember not against us the iniquities of our forefathers:
Let thy tender mercies speedily meet us;
For we are brought very low.
[9]  Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of thy name;
And deliver us, and forgive 2 our sins, for thy name’s sake.
[10]  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.
[11]  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;
[12]  And render unto our neighbors sevenfold into their bosom.
Their reproach, wherewith they have reproached thee, O Lord.
[13]  So we thy people and sheep of thy pasture
Will give thee thanks for ever:
We will show forth thy praise to all generations.
 
Note 1. Or, pasture. [back]
Note 2. Or, expiate. [back]
Note 3. Heb. thine arm. [back]
Note 4. Heb. the children of death. [back]
 

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