New American Standard Bible

Psalm 79

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

A Psalm of Asaph.

1O God, the nations have [a]invaded Your inheritance;
They have defiled Your holy temple;
They have laid Jerusalem in ruins.
They have given the dead bodies of Your servants for 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 round about Jerusalem;
And there was no one to bury them.
We have become a reproach to our neighbors,
A scoffing and derision to those around us.
How long, O Lord? Will You be angry forever?
Will Your jealousy burn like fire?
Pour out Your wrath upon the nations which do not know You,
And upon the kingdoms which do not call upon Your name.
For they have devoured Jacob
And laid waste his [b]habitation.

Do not remember [c]the iniquities of our forefathers against us;
Let Your compassion come quickly to meet us,
For we are brought very low.
Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of Your name;
And deliver us and [d]forgive our sins for Your name’s sake.
10 Why should the nations say, “Where is their God?”
Let there be known among the nations in our sight,
Vengeance for the blood of Your servants which has been shed.
11 Let the groaning of the prisoner come before You;
According to the greatness of Your [e]power preserve [f]those who are doomed to die.
12 And return to our neighbors sevenfold into their bosom
[g]The reproach with which they have reproached You, O Lord.
13 So we Your people and the sheep of Your [h]pasture
Will give thanks to You forever;
To all generations we will tell of Your praise.

Notas al pie

  1. Psalm 79:1 Lit come into
  2. Psalm 79:7 Lit pasture
  3. Psalm 79:8 Or our former iniquities
  4. Psalm 79:9 Lit cover over, atone for
  5. Psalm 79:11 Lit arm
  6. Psalm 79:11 Lit the children of death
  7. Psalm 79:12 Lit Their
  8. Psalm 79:13 Or pasturing

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.