A Psalm of Asaph.
A communal lament over the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem.
Psa 79:1 O God, the nations have come into your inheritance;
they have defiled your holy temple; they have laid Jerusalem in ruins.
Psa 79:2 They have given the bodies of your servants to the birds of the air for food,
the flesh of your faithful to the wild animals of the earth.
Psa 79:3 They have poured out their blood like water all around Jerusalem,
and there was no one to bury them.
Psa 79:4 We have become a taunt to our neighbors,
mocked and derided by those around us.
Psa 79:5 How long, O LORD? Will you be angry forever?
Will your jealous wrath burn like fire?
Psa 79:6 Pour out your anger on the nations that do not know you,
and on the kingdoms that do not call on your name.
Psa 79:7 For they have devoured Jacob
and laid waste his habitation.
Psa 79:8 Do not remember against us the iniquities of our ancestors;
let your compassion come speedily to meet us, for we are brought very low.
Psa 79:9 Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of your name;
deliver us, and forgive our sins, for your name’s sake.
Ordinary 25 / Pentecost +18
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