Psalms 74

1God, did you leave us forever? Are you still angry at your people? 2Remember the people you bought long ago. You saved us. We belong to you. Remember Mount Zion, the place that you lived. 3God, come walk through these ancient ruins. Come back to the Holy Place that the enemy destroyed. 4The enemy shouted their war cries in the temple. They put their flags in the temple to show they won the war. 5The enemy soldiers were like people cutting weeds with a hoe. 6God, they used their axes and hatchets, and cut the carved, wooden panels in your temple. 7Those soldiers burned your Holy Place. That temple was built to honor your name. But they pulled it down to the ground. 8The enemy decided to crush us completely. They burned every holy place in the country. 9We could not see any of our own signs. There are no more prophets. No person knows what to do. 10God, how much longer will the enemy make fun of us? Will you let them insult your name forever? 11God, why did you punish us so hard? You used your great power and destroyed us completely! 12God, you have been our King for a long time. You helped us win many battles in this country. 13God, you used your great power, to split open the Red Sea. You defeated the great sea monsters! 14You smashed the heads of Leviathan, and left his body for the animals to eat. 15You make the springs and rivers flow. And you make the rivers become dry. 16God, you control the day, and you control the night. You made the moon and the sun. 17You set the limits for everything on earth. And you created summer and winter. 18God, remember these things. Remember, the enemy insulted you! Those foolish people hate your name! 19Don’t let those wild animals take your dove! Don’t forget your poor people forever. 20Remember our Agreement! There is violence in every dark place in this land. 21God, your people were treated badly. Don’t let them be hurt anymore. Your poor, helpless people praise you. 22God, get up and fight! Remember, those fools challenged you! 23Don’t forget the shouts of your enemies. They insulted you again and again.

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