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Psa 79: A Cry following Jerusalem's destruction
psalm of Asaph.
Comments: This plaintive psalm comes in the wake of
the destruction of Jerusalem, which must have been by Nebuchadnezzar,
and makes no clever or complex appeals but just very straight-forwardly
asks God to act on their behalf and deal with those enemies who
have done this and those who have looked on and mocked Israel.]
Jerusalem has been destroyed by the enemy
God, the nations have invaded your inheritance;
they have defiled your holy temple,
they have reduced Jerusalem to rubble.
The siege produced countless dead bodies
have left the dead bodies of your servants
as food for the birds of the sky,
the flesh of your own people for the
animals of the wild.
have poured out blood like water
all around Jerusalem,
and there is no one to bury the dead.
Jealous neighbours took the opportunity to ridicule us
are objects of contempt to our neighbors,
of scorn and derision to those around
Lord, how long will you remain angry with us?
Will you be angry forever?
How long will your jealousy burn like
Will you not judge the nations that did this?
out your wrath on the nations
that do not acknowledge you,
on the kingdoms
that do not call on your name;
they have devoured Jacob
and devastated his homeland.
May your mercy mean your judgment will be short-lived
not hold against us the sins of past generations;
may your mercy come quickly to meet us,
for we are in desperate need.
For the sake of your own name, help us
us, God our Savior,
for the glory of your name;
deliver us and forgive our sins
for your name's sake.
Why should others think you have abandoned your people
should the nations say,
“Where is their God?”
our eyes, make known among the nations
that you avenge the outpoured blood of
Will you not hear our groans and act on our behalf?
the groans of the prisoners come before you;
with your strong arm preserve those condemned
Deal with our neighbours who are against you
back into the laps of our neighbors seven times
the contempt they have hurled at you,
Give us cause to praise your name once again
we your people, the sheep of your pasture,
will praise you forever;
from generation to generation
we will proclaim your praise.
Comments: In desperate times, be very simple in your
pleas to God and simply trust in God's mercy.]
to Psa 80