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FRAMEWORKS: Psa 79: A Cry following Jerusalem's destruction


A psalm of Asaph.


[Preliminary 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.]



v.1 Jerusalem has been destroyed by the enemy


v.1  O God, the nations have invaded your inheritance;
     they have defiled your holy temple,
     they have reduced Jerusalem to rubble.

v.2,3 The siege produced countless dead bodies


v.2  They 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.
v.3  They have poured out blood like water
     all around Jerusalem,
     and there is no one to bury the dead.

v.4 Jealous neighbours took the opportunity to ridicule us


v.4  We are objects of contempt to our neighbors,
     of scorn and derision to those around us.


v.5 Lord, how long will you remain angry with us?


v.5  How long, Lord ? Will you be angry forever?
     How long will your jealousy burn like fire?

v.6,7 Will you not judge the nations that did this?


v.6  Pour out your wrath on the nations
     that do not acknowledge you,
on the kingdoms
     that do not call on your name;
v.7  for they have devoured Jacob
     and devastated his homeland.


v.8 May your mercy mean your judgment will be short-lived


v.8  Do not hold against us the sins of past generations;
     may your mercy come quickly to meet us,
     for we are in desperate need.

v.9 For the sake of your own name, help us


v.9  Help us, God our Savior,
     for the glory of your name;
deliver us and forgive our sins
     for your name's sake.

v.10 Why should others think you have abandoned your people


v.10  Why should the nations say,
     “Where is their God?”

Before our eyes, make known among the nations
     that you avenge the outpoured blood of your servants.

v.11 Will you not hear our groans and act on our behalf?


v.11  May the groans of the prisoners come before you;
     with your strong arm preserve those condemned to die.

v.12 Deal with our neighbours who are against you


v.12  Pay back into the laps of our neighbors seven times
     the contempt they have hurled at you, Lord.

v.13 Give us cause to praise your name once again


v.13  Then we your people, the sheep of your pasture,
     will praise you forever;
from generation to generation
     we will proclaim your praise.



[Additional Comments: In desperate times, be very simple in your pleas to God and simply trust in God's mercy.]



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