Psalm 74-77 New International Version

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An Appeal to God against the Enemy

74 1  [1]O God, why have you rejected us forever? Why does your anger smolder against the sheep of your pasture? 2  Remember the nation you purchased long ago, the people of your inheritance, whom you redeemed- Mount Zion, where you dwelt. 3  Turn your steps toward these everlasting ruins, all this destruction the enemy has brought on the sanctuary. 4  Your foes roared in the place where you met with us; they set up their standards as signs. 5  They behaved like men wielding axes to cut through a thicket of trees. 6  They smashed all the carved paneling with their axes and hatchets. 7  They burned your sanctuary to the ground; they defiled the dwelling place of your Name. 8  They said in their hearts, "We will crush them completely!" They burned every place where God was worshiped in the land. 9  We are given no signs from God; no prophets are left, and none of us knows how long this will be. 10  How long will the enemy mock you, God? Will the foe revile your name forever? 11  Why do you hold back your hand, your right hand? Take it from the folds of your garment and destroy them!

12  But God is my King from long ago; he brings salvation on the earth. 13  It was you who split open the sea by your power; you broke the heads of the monster in the waters. 14  It was you who crushed the heads of Leviathan and gave it as food to the creatures of the desert. 15  It was you who opened up springs and streams; you dried up the ever-flowing rivers. 16  The day is yours, and yours also the night; you established the sun and moon. 17  It was you who set all the boundaries of the earth; you made both summer and winter.

18  Remember how the enemy has mocked you, Lord, how foolish people have reviled your name. 19  Do not hand over the life of your dove to wild beasts; do not forget the lives of your afflicted people forever. 20  Have regard for your covenant, because haunts of violence fill the dark places of the land. 21  Do not let the oppressed retreat in disgrace; may the poor and needy praise your name. 22  Rise up, O God, and defend your cause; remember how fools mock you all day long. 23  Do not ignore the clamor of your adversaries, the uproar of your enemies, which rises continually.

God Abases the Wicked and Exalts the Righteous

75 1  [2]We praise you, God, we praise you, for your Name is near; people tell of your wonderful deeds. 2  You say, "I choose the appointed time; it is I who judge with equity. 3  When the earth and all its people quake, it is I who hold its pillars firm.[3] 4  To the arrogant I say, 'Boast no more,' and to the wicked, 'Do not lift up your horns.[4] 5  Do not lift your horns against heaven; do not speak so defiantly.' "

6  No one from the east or the west or from the desert can exalt themselves. 7  It is God who judges: He brings one down, he exalts another. 8  In the hand of the Lord is a cup full of foaming wine mixed with spices; he pours it out, and all the wicked of the earth drink it down to its very dregs. 9  As for me, I will declare this forever; I will sing praise to the God of Jacob, 10  who says, "I will cut off the horns of all the wicked, but the horns of the righteous will be lifted up."

The God of Victory and Judgment

76 1  [5]God is renowned in Judah; in Israel his name is great. 2  His tent is in Salem, his dwelling place in Zion. 3  There he broke the flashing arrows, the shields and the swords, the weapons of war.[6] 4  You are radiant with light, more majestic than mountains rich with game. 5  The valiant lie plundered, they sleep their last sleep; not one of the warriors can lift his hands. 6  At your rebuke, God of Jacob, both horse and chariot lie still.

7  It is you alone who are to be feared. Who can stand before you when you are angry? 8  From heaven you pronounced judgment, and the land feared and was quiet- 9  when you, God, rose up to judge, to save all the afflicted of the land. 10  Surely your wrath against mankind brings you praise, and the survivors of your wrath are restrained.[7] 11  Make vows to the Lord your God and fulfill them; let all the neighboring lands bring gifts to the One to be feared. 12  He breaks the spirit of rulers; he is feared by the kings of the earth.

Comfort from Recalling God's Mighty Deeds

77 1  [8]I cried out to God for help; I cried out to God to hear me. 2  When I was in distress, I sought the Lord; at night I stretched out untiring hands, and I would not be comforted. 3  I remembered you, God, and I groaned; I meditated, and my spirit grew faint.[9] 4  You kept my eyes from closing; I was too troubled to speak. 5  I thought about the former days, the years of long ago; 6  I remembered my songs in the night. My heart meditated and my spirit asked: 7  "Will the Lord reject forever? Will he never show his favor again? 8  Has his unfailing love vanished forever? Has his promise failed for all time? 9  Has God forgotten to be merciful? Has he in anger withheld his compassion?" 10  Then I thought, "To this I will appeal: the years when the Most High stretched out his right hand.

11  I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago. 12  I will consider all your works and meditate on all your mighty deeds." 13  Your ways, God, are holy. What god is as great as our God? 14  You are the God who performs miracles; you display your power among the peoples. 15  With your mighty arm you redeemed your people, the descendants of Jacob and Joseph. 16  The waters saw you, God, the waters saw you and writhed; the very depths were convulsed. 17  The clouds poured down water, the heavens resounded with thunder; your arrows flashed back and forth. 18  Your thunder was heard in the whirlwind, your lightning lit up the world; the earth trembled and quaked. 19  Your path led through the sea, your way through the mighty waters, though your footprints were not seen. 20  You led your people like a flock by the hand of Moses and Aaron.

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[1] 74:1 Title: Probably a literary or musical term

[2] 75:1 In Hebrew texts 75:1-10 is numbered 75:2-11.

[3] 75:3 The Hebrew has "Selah" (a word of uncertain meaning) here.

[4] 75:4 "Horns" here symbolize strength; also in verses 5 and 10.

[5] 76:1 In Hebrew texts 76:1-12 is numbered 76:2-13.

[6] 76:3 The Hebrew has "Selah" (a word of uncertain meaning) here and at the end of verse 9.

[7] 76:10 Or "Surely the wrath of mankind brings you praise," / "and with the remainder of wrath you arm yourself"

[8] 77:1 In Hebrew texts 77:1-20 is numbered 77:2-21.

[9] 77:3 The Hebrew has "Selah" (a word of uncertain meaning) here and at the end of verses 9 and 15.

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