Amplified Bible

Psalm 74

An Appeal against the Devastation of the Land by the Enemy.

A skillful song, or a didactic or reflective poem, of Asaph.

1O God, why have You rejected us forever?
Why does Your anger smoke against the sheep of Your pasture?

Remember Your congregation, which You have purchased of old,
Which You have redeemed to be the tribe of Your inheritance;
Remember Mount Zion, where You have dwelt.

Turn your footsteps [quickly] toward the perpetual ruins;
The enemy has damaged everything within the sanctuary.

In the midst of Your meeting place Your enemies have roared [with their battle cry];
They have set up their own emblems for signs [of victory].

It seems as if one had lifted up
An axe in a forest of trees [to set a record of destruction].

And now all the carved work [of the meeting place]
They smash with hatchets and hammers.

They have burned Your sanctuary to the ground;
They have profaned the dwelling place of Your [a]name.

They said in their heart, “Let us completely subdue them.”
They have burned all the meeting places of God in the land.

We do not see our symbols;
There is no longer any prophet [to guide us],
Nor does any among us know for how long.
10 
O God, how long will the adversary scoff?
Is the enemy to revile Your name forever?
11 
Why do You withdraw Your hand, even Your right hand [from judging the enemy]?
Remove Your hand from Your chest, destroy them!

12 
Yet God is my King of old,
Working salvation in the midst of the earth.
13 
You divided the [Red] Sea by Your strength;
You broke the heads of the [b]sea monsters in the waters.
14 
You crushed the heads of [c]Leviathan (Egypt);
You gave him as food for the creatures of the wilderness.
15 
You broke open fountains and streams;
You dried up ever-flowing rivers.
16 
The day is Yours, the night also is Yours;
You have established and prepared the [heavenly] light and the sun.
17 
You have defined and established all the borders of the earth [the divisions of land and sea and of the nations];
You have made summer and winter.

18 
Remember this, O Lord, the enemy has scoffed,
And a foolish and impious people has spurned Your name.
19 
Oh, do not hand over the soul of your turtledove to the wild beast;
Do not forget the life of Your afflicted forever.
20 
Consider the covenant [You made with Abraham],
For the dark places of the land are full of the habitations of violence.
21 
Let not the oppressed return dishonored;
Let the afflicted and needy praise Your name.

22 
Arise, O God, plead Your own cause;
Remember how the foolish man scoffs at You all day long.
23 
Do not forget the [clamoring] voices of Your adversaries,
The uproar of those who rise against You, which ascends continually [to Your ears].

Notas al pie

  1. Psalm 74:7 See note Deut 12:5.
  2. Psalm 74:13 Symbolic of Egypt’s power.
  3. Psalm 74:14 See note Job 41:1.

New International Reader's Version

Psalm 74

Psalm 74

A maskil of Asaph.

God, why have you turned your back on us for so long?
    Why are you so angry with us? We are your very own sheep.
Remember the nation that you chose as your own so long ago.
    Remember that you set us free from slavery to be your very own people.
    Remember Mount Zion, where you lived.
Walk through this place that has been torn down beyond repair.
    See how completely your enemies have destroyed the temple!

In the place where you used to meet with us,
    your enemies have shouted, “We’ve won the battle!”
    They have set up their flags to show they have beaten us.
They acted like people cutting down a forest with axes.
    They smashed all the beautiful wooden walls
    with their axes and hatchets.
They burned your temple to the ground.
    They polluted the place where your Name is.
They had said in their hearts, “We will crush them completely!”
    They burned every place where you were worshiped in the land.
We don’t get signs from God anymore.
    There aren’t any prophets left.
    None of us knows how long that will last.

10 God, how long will your enemies make fun of you?
    Will they attack you with their words forever?
11 Why don’t you help us? Why do you hold back your power?
    Use your strong power to destroy your enemies!

12 God, you have been my king for a long time.
    You are the only God who can save anyone on earth.
13 You parted the waters of the Red Sea by your power.
    You broke the heads of that sea monster in Egypt.
14 You crushed the heads of the sea monster Leviathan.
    You fed it to the creatures of the desert.
15 You opened up streams and springs.
    You dried up rivers that flow all year long.
16 You rule over the day and the night.
    You created the sun and the moon.
17 You decided where the borders of the earth would be.
    You made both summer and winter.

18 Lord, remember how your enemies have made fun of you.
    Remember how foolish people have attacked you with their words.
19 Don’t hand over Israel, your dove, to those wild animals.
    Don’t forget your suffering people forever.
20 Honor the covenant you made with us.
    Horrible things are happening in every dark corner of the land.
21 Don’t let your suffering people be put to shame.
    May those who are poor and needy praise you.

22 God, rise up. Stand up for your cause.
    Remember how foolish people make fun of you all day long.
23 Pay close attention to the shouts of your enemies.
    The trouble they cause never stops.