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Psalm 79

A Lament over the Destruction of Jerusalem, and Prayer for Help.

A Psalm of Asaph.

1O God, the nations have invaded [the land of Your people] Your inheritance;
They have defiled Your sacred temple;
They have laid Jerusalem in ruins.

They have given the dead bodies of Your servants as food to the birds of the heavens,
The flesh of Your godly ones to the beasts of the earth.

They have poured out their blood like water all around Jerusalem,
And there was no one to bury them.

We have become an object of taunting to our neighbors [because of our humiliation],
A derision and mockery to those who encircle us.

How long, O Lord? Will You be angry forever?
Will Your jealousy [which cannot endure a divided allegiance] burn like fire?

Pour out Your wrath on the [Gentile] nations that do not know You,
And on the kingdoms that do not call on Your name.

For they have devoured Jacob
And made his pasture desolate.


O do not remember against us the sins and guilt of our forefathers.
Let Your compassion and mercy come quickly to meet us,
For we have been brought very low.

Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of Your name;
Rescue us, forgive us our sins for Your name’s sake.
10 
Why should the [Gentile] nations say, “Where is their God?”
Let there be known [without delay] among the nations in our sight [and to this generation],
Your vengeance for the blood of Your servants which has been poured out.
11 
Let the groaning and sighing of the prisoner come before You;
According to the greatness of Your power keep safe those who are doomed to die.
12 
And return into the lap of our neighbors sevenfold
The taunts with which they have taunted You, O Lord.
13 
So we Your people, the sheep of Your pasture,
Will give You thanks forever;
We will declare and publish Your praise from generation to generation.

New International Reader's Version

Psalm 79

Psalm 79

A psalm of Asaph.

God, an army from the nations has attacked your land.
    They have polluted your holy temple.
    They have completely destroyed Jerusalem.
They have left the dead bodies of your people.
    They have left them as food for the birds in the sky.
They have left the bodies of your faithful people.
    They have left them for the wild animals.
They have poured out the blood of your people like water.
    It is all around Jerusalem.
    No one is left to bury the dead.
We are something our neighbors joke about.
    The nations around us laugh at us and make fun of us.

Lord, how long will you be angry with us? Will it be forever?
    How long will your jealousy burn like fire?
Bring your great anger against the nations
    that don’t pay any attention to you.
Bring it against the kingdoms
    that don’t worship you.
They have swallowed up the people of Jacob.
    They have destroyed Israel’s homeland.
Don’t hold against us the sins of our people who lived before us.
    May you be quick to show us your tender love.
    We are in great need.

God our Savior, help us.
    Then glory will come to you.
Save us and forgive our sins.
    Then people will honor your name.
10 Why should the nations say,
    “Where is their God?”
Show the nations that you punish those who kill your people.
    We want to see it happen.
11 Listen to the groans of the prisoners.
    Use your strong arm
    to save people sentenced to death.

12 Lord, our neighbors have laughed at you.
    Pay them back seven times for what they have done.
13 We are your people, your very own sheep.
    We will praise you forever.
For all time to come
    we will keep on praising you.