Psalm 74

1 O Lord our God, why cast us off so utterly:
    why does your anger burn against the sheep of your pasture?
2 Remember your congregation, whom you took to yourself of old:
    the people that you redeemed to be your own possession, and Mount Zion where you have dwelt.
3 Rouse yourself and go to the utter ruins:
    to all the harm that the enemy has done in the sanctuary.
4 Your adversaries have made uproar in the place appointed for your praise:
    they have set up their standards in triumph.
5 They have destroyed on every side:
    like those who take axes up to a thicket of trees.
6 All the carved woodwork they have broken down:
    and smashed it with hammers and hatchets.
7 They have set fire to your sanctuary:
    and defiled to the ground the dwelling-place of your name.
8 They have said in their hearts'Let us make havoc of them':
    they have burned down all the holy places of God in the land.
9 We see no signs, there is not one prophet left:
    there is none who knows how long these things shall be.
10 How long shall the adversary taunt you, O God:
    shall the enemy blaspheme your name for ever?
11 Why do you hold back your hand:
    why do you keep your right hand in your bosom?
12 Yet God is my king from of old:
    who wrought deliverance upon the earth.
13 You divided the sea by your might:
    you shattered the heads of the dragons in the waters.
14 You crushed the heads of Leviathan:
    and gave him as food to the creatures of the desert waste.
15 You cleft open spring and fountain:
    you dried up the everflowing waters.
16 The day is yours, and so also is the night:
    you have established the moon and the sun.
17 You set all the boundaries of the earth:
    you created winter and summer.
18 Remember, O Lord, the taunts of the enemy:
    how a mindless people have blasphemed your name.
19 Do not give to the wild beasts the soul that praises you:
    do not forget for ever the life of your afflicted.
20 Look on all that you have made:
    for it is full of darkness, and violence inhabits the earth.
21 Let not the oppressed and reviled turn away rejected:
    but let the poor and needy praise your name.
22 Arise, O God, plead your own cause:
    remember how a mindless people taunt you all day long.
23 Do not forget the clamour of your adversaries:
    or how the shouting of your enemies ascends continually.