King James Version

Psalm 74

1O God, why hast thou cast us off for ever? why doth thine anger smoke against the sheep of thy pasture?

Remember thy congregation, which thou hast purchased of old; the rod of thine inheritance, which thou hast redeemed; this mount Zion, wherein thou hast dwelt.

Lift up thy feet unto the perpetual desolations; even all that the enemy hath done wickedly in the sanctuary.

Thine enemies roar in the midst of thy congregations; they set up their ensigns for signs.

A man was famous according as he had lifted up axes upon the thick trees.

But now they break down the carved work thereof at once with axes and hammers.

They have cast fire into thy sanctuary, they have defiled by casting down the dwelling place of thy name to the ground.

They said in their hearts, Let us destroy them together: they have burned up all the synagogues of God in the land.

We see not our signs: there is no more any prophet: neither is there among us any that knoweth how long.

10 O God, how long shall the adversary reproach? shall the enemy blaspheme thy name for ever?

11 Why withdrawest thou thy hand, even thy right hand? pluck it out of thy bosom.

12 For God is my King of old, working salvation in the midst of the earth.

13 Thou didst divide the sea by thy strength: thou brakest the heads of the dragons in the waters.

14 Thou brakest the heads of leviathan in pieces, and gavest him to be meat to the people inhabiting the wilderness.

15 Thou didst cleave the fountain and the flood: thou driedst up mighty rivers.

16 The day is thine, the night also is thine: thou hast prepared the light and the sun.

17 Thou hast set all the borders of the earth: thou hast made summer and winter.

18 Remember this, that the enemy hath reproached, O Lord, and that the foolish people have blasphemed thy name.

19 O deliver not the soul of thy turtledove unto the multitude of the wicked: forget not the congregation of thy poor for ever.

20 Have respect unto the covenant: for the dark places of the earth are full of the habitations of cruelty.

21 O let not the oppressed return ashamed: let the poor and needy praise thy name.

22 Arise, O God, plead thine own cause: remember how the foolish man reproacheth thee daily.

23 Forget not the voice of thine enemies: the tumult of those that rise up against thee increaseth continually.

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.