Arise, O God, Defend Your Cause

Psalm 74

1 O GOD, why have You cast us off forever?
Why does Your anger smoke against the sheep of Your pasture?
2 Remember Your congregation, which You have purchased of old,
The tribe of Your inheritance, which You have redeemed -
This Mount Zion where You have dwelt.
3 Lift up Your feet to the perpetual desolations.
The enemy has damaged everything in the sanctuary.

4 a Your enemies roar in the midst of Your meeting place;
b They set up their banners for signs.
5 They seem like men who lift up
Axes among the thick trees.
6 And now they break down its carved work, all at once,
With axes and hammers.
7 They have set fire to Your sanctuary;
They have defiled the dwelling place of Your name to the ground.
8 c They said in their hearts,
"Let us 1 destroy them altogether."
They have burned up all the meeting places of God in the land.

9 We do not see our signs;
d There is no longer any prophet;
Nor is there any among us who knows how long.
10 O God, how long will the adversary 2 reproach?
Will the enemy blaspheme Your name forever?
11 e Why do You withdraw Your hand, even Your right hand?
Take it out of Your bosom and destroy them.

12 For f God is my King from of old,
Working salvation in the midst of the earth.
13 g You divided the sea by Your strength;
You broke the heads of the 3 sea serpents in the waters.
14 You broke the heads of 4 Leviathan in pieces,
And gave him as food to the people inhabiting the wilderness.
15 h You broke open the fountain and the flood;
i You dried up mighty rivers.
16 The day is Yours, the night also is j Yours;
k You have prepared the light and the sun.
17 You have l set all the borders of the earth;
m You have made summer and winter.

18 Remember this, that the enemy has reproached, O LORD,
And that a foolish people has blasphemed Your name.
19 Oh, do not deliver the life of Your turtledove to the wild beast!
Do not forget the life of Your poor forever.

20 n Have respect to the covenant;
For the 5 dark places of the earth are full of the 6 haunts of 7 cruelty.
21 Oh, do not let the oppressed return ashamed!
Let the poor and needy praise Your name.

22 Arise, O God, plead Your own cause;
Remember how the foolish man 8 reproaches You daily.
23 Do not forget the voice of Your enemies;
The tumult of those who rise up against You increases continually.

New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
Next Book Next Book