New American Standard Bible

Psalm 74

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

A [a]Maskil of Asaph.

1O God, why have You rejected us forever?
Why does Your anger smoke against the sheep of Your [b]pasture?
Remember Your congregation, which You have purchased of old,
Which You have redeemed to be the tribe of Your inheritance;
And this Mount Zion, where You have dwelt.
[c]Turn Your footsteps toward the perpetual ruins;
The enemy has damaged everything within the sanctuary.
Your adversaries have roared in the midst of Your meeting place;
They have set up their own [d]standards for signs.
It seems as if one had lifted up
His [e]axe in a [f]forest of trees.
And now [g]all its carved work
They smash with hatchet and [h]hammers.
They have [i]burned Your sanctuary [j]to the ground;
They have defiled the dwelling place of Your name.
They said in their heart, “Let us [k]completely [l]subdue them.”
They have burned all the meeting places of God in the land.
We do not see our signs;
There is no longer any prophet,
Nor is there any among us who knows how long.
10 How long, O God, will the adversary revile,
And the enemy spurn Your name forever?
11 Why do You withdraw Your hand, even Your right hand?
From within Your bosom, destroy them!

12 Yet God is my king from of old,
Who works deeds of deliverance in the midst of the earth.
13 [m]You divided the sea by Your strength;
[n]You broke the heads of the sea monsters [o]in the waters.
14 [p]You crushed the heads of [q]Leviathan;
[r]You gave him as food for the [s]creatures of the wilderness.
15 [t]You broke open springs and torrents;
[u]You dried up ever-flowing streams.
16 Yours is the day, Yours also is the night;
[v]You have prepared the [w]light and the sun.
17 [x]You have established all the boundaries of the earth;
[y]You have [z]made summer and winter.

18 Remember this, [aa]O Lord, that the enemy has reviled,
And a foolish people has spurned Your name.
19 Do not deliver the soul of Your turtledove to the wild beast;
Do not forget the life of Your afflicted forever.
20 Consider the covenant;
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, and plead Your own cause;
Remember [ab]how the foolish man reproaches You all day long.
23 Do not forget the voice of Your adversaries,
The uproar of those who rise against You which ascends continually.

Notas al pie

  1. Psalm 74:1 Possibly, Contemplative, or Didactic, or Skillful Psalm
  2. Psalm 74:1 Or pasturing
  3. Psalm 74:3 Lit Lift up
  4. Psalm 74:4 Lit signs
  5. Psalm 74:5 Lit axes
  6. Psalm 74:5 Lit thicket
  7. Psalm 74:6 Lit altogether
  8. Psalm 74:6 Or axes
  9. Psalm 74:7 Lit set on fire
  10. Psalm 74:7 Or To the ground they...
  11. Psalm 74:8 Lit altogether
  12. Psalm 74:8 Or oppress
  13. Psalm 74:13 Or You Yourself
  14. Psalm 74:13 Or You Yourself
  15. Psalm 74:13 Lit on
  16. Psalm 74:14 Or You Yourself
  17. Psalm 74:14 Or sea monster
  18. Psalm 74:14 Or You Yourself
  19. Psalm 74:14 Lit people
  20. Psalm 74:15 Or You Yourself
  21. Psalm 74:15 Or You Yourself
  22. Psalm 74:16 Or You Yourself
  23. Psalm 74:16 Or luminary
  24. Psalm 74:17 Or You Yourself
  25. Psalm 74:17 Or You Yourself
  26. Psalm 74:17 Or formed
  27. Psalm 74:18 Or that the enemy has reviled the Lord
  28. Psalm 74:22 Lit Your reproach from the foolish man

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.