Maschil. Of Asaph.
Of God, why
have you put us away from you for ever? why is the fire of
your wrath smoking against the sheep who are your care?
Keep in mind your band of worshippers, for
whom you gave payment in the days which are past, whom you
took for yourself as the people of your heritage; even this
mountain of Zion, which has been your resting-place.
Go up and see the unending destruction;
all the evil which your haters have done in the holy place;
Sending out their voices like lions among
your worshippers; they have put up their signs to be seen.
They are cutting down, like a man whose
blade is lifted up against the thick trees.
Your doors are broken down with hammers
and iron blades.
They have put on fire your holy place;
they have made the place of your name unclean, pulling it
down to the earth.
They have said in their hearts, Let us put
an end to them all together; they have given over to the
fire all God's places of worship in the land.
We do not see our signs: there is no
longer any prophet, or anyone among us to say how long.
O God, how long will those who are
against us say cruel things? will the hater go on looking
down on your name for ever?
Why are you keeping back your hand, and
covering your right hand in your robe?
For from the past God is my King, working
salvation in the earth.
The sea was parted in two by your
strength; the heads of the great sea-beasts were broken.
The heads of the great snake were crushed
by you; you gave them as food to the fishes of the sea.
You made valleys for fountains and
springs; you made the ever-flowing rivers dry.
The day is yours and the night is yours:
you made the light and the sun.
By you all the limits of the earth were
fixed; you have made summer and winter.
Keep this in mind, O Lord, that your
haters have said cruel things, and that your name has been
looked down on by a people of evil behaviour.
O give not the soul of your dove to the
hawk; let not the life of the poor go out of your memory for
Keep in mind your undertaking; for the dark places of the
earth are full of pride and cruel acts.
O let not the crushed be turned back in
shame; let the low man and the poor give praise to your
Up! O God, be the judge of your cause; keep in mind the
bitter things which the man of evil behaviour says against
you every day.
Keep in mind the voice of your haters;
the outcry of those who come against you goes up every day.