The Bible in Its Traditions

Psalms 79:1–13

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A Psalm of Asaph. O God, the heathen are come into Thine inheritance; they have defiled Thy holy temple; they have made Jerusalem into heaps.

GOD, the heathen are come into thine inheritance; thy holy temple have they defiled; they have laid Jerusalem in heaps.

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They have given the dead bodies of Thy servants to be food unto the fowls of the heaven, the flesh of Thy saints unto the beasts of the earth.

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They have shed their blood like water round about Jerusalem, with none to bury them.

They have poured out their blood like water all around Jerusalem, and there was no one who would bury them.

We are become a taunt to our neighbours, a scorn and derision to them that are round about us.

We have become a disgrace to our neighbors, an object of ridicule and mockery to those who are around us.

How long, O YHWH, wilt Thou be angry for ever? How long will Thy jealousy burn like fire?

How long, O Lord? Will you be angry until the end? Will your zeal be kindled like a fire?

Pour out Thy wrath upon the nations that know Thee not, and upon the kingdoms that call not upon Thy name.

Pour out your wrath among the Gentiles, who have not known you, and upon the kingdoms that have not invoked your name.

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For they have devoured Jacob, and laid waste his habitation.

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Remember not against us the iniquities of our forefathers; let Thy compassions speedily come to meet us; for we are brought very low.

Remember not our old transgressions; let thy tender mercies speedily prevent us; for we are greatly impoverished.

Do not remember our iniquities of the past. May your mercies quickly intercept us, for we have become exceedingly poor.

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Help us, O God of our salvation, for the sake of the glory of Thy name; and deliver us, and forgive our sins, for Thy name's sake.

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10  Wherefore should the nations say: 'Where is their God?' Let the avenging of Thy servants' blood that is shed be made known among the nations in our sight.

10  Lest haply they should say among the heathen, Where is their God? and let the avenging of thy servant’s blood that has been shed be known among the heathen before our eyes.

10  Let them not say among the Gentiles, “Where is their God?” And may your name become known among the nations before our eyes. For the retribution of your servants’ blood, which has been poured out

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11  Let the groaning of the prisoner come before Thee; according to the greatness of Thy power set free those that are appointed to death;

11  may the groans of the shackled enter before you. According to the greatness of your arm, take possession of the sons of those who have been killed.

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12  And render unto our neighbours sevenfold into their bosom their reproach, wherewith they have reproached Thee, O Lord.

12  Repay to our neighbours sevenfold into their bosom their reproach, with which they have reproached thee, O Lord.

12  And repay our neighbors sevenfold within their sinews. It is the reproach of the same ones who brought reproach against you, O Lord.

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13  So we that are Thy people and the flock of Thy pasture will give Thee thanks for ever; we will tell of Thy praise to all generations.

13  But we are your people and the sheep of your pasture: we will give thanks to you in all ages. From generation to generation, we will announce your praise.

13  So we thy people and sheep of thy pasture will give thee thanks for ever; we will tell thy wonders to all generations.