Psalm Seventy-Nine (79) “Have Pity on Jerusalem”

PSALM SEVENTY-NINE

 

(A Psalm by Asaph.)

Have Pity on Jerusalem

 

1 Our God, some foreign nations have

Taken your land, disgraced your temple,

And left Jerusalem in ruins.

 

2 They’ve fled your servant’s bodies to

Flesh-eating birds; your loyal people

Are food for savage animals,

 

3 And all Jerusalem is smeared

With blood, their blood, with no one left

To bury them. 4  Each nation ‘round

 

Us sneers at us and mocks us; 5 Our

Lord, will you keep on being angry?

And will your angry feelings keep

 

Flaming like fire? 6 Get angry with

Those nations that don’t know you and

Won’t worship you. 7 They’ve gobbled down

 

Jacob’s descendants and have left

The land in ruins. 8 Don’t make us

Pay for our fathers’ sins; have pity;

 

Come fast. We are completely helpless.

9 Our God, you keep us safe. Now help

Us. Rescue us; forgive our sins;

 

And bring yourself great honor;  10 why

Should nations ask us, “Where’s your God?”

Let us and other nations see

 

You take revenge for all your servants

Who died a brutal death, 11 and hear

The prisoners groan. Let your might

 

Rescue all who are sentenced to

Death. 12 Every one of those lands sneered

At you, our Lord; let others sneer

 

At them now, seven times as much,

     13 Then we, your people, always will

Thank you; we are like sheep with you

 

Our shepherd, and all generations

Are sure to hear us give you praise.