741Why have you abandoned us like this, O God?
Will you be angry with your own people for ever?
2Remember your people, whom you chose for yourself long ago,
whom you brought out of slavery to be your own tribe.
Remember Mount Zion, where once you lived.
3Walk over these total ruins;
our enemies have destroyed everything in the Temple.
4Your enemies have shouted in triumph in your Temple;
they have placed their flags there as signs of victory.
5They looked like woodmen
cutting down trees with their axes.74.5 Verse 5 in Hebrew is unclear.
6They smashed all the wooden panels
with their axes and sledgehammers.
7They wrecked your Temple and set it on fire;
they desecrated the place where you are worshipped.
8They wanted to crush us completely;
they burnt down every holy place in the land.
9All our sacred symbols are gone;
there are no prophets left,
and no one knows how long this will last.
10How long, O God, will our enemies laugh at you?
Will they insult your name for ever?
11Why have you refused to help us?
Why do you keep your hands behind you?74.11 Probable text Why do you keep your hands behind you; Hebrew unclear.
12But you have been our king from the beginning, O God;
you have saved us many times.
With your mighty strength you divided the sea
and smashed the heads of the sea monsters;
you crushed the heads of the monster Leviathan74.14 Leviathan: A legendary monster which was a symbol of the forces of chaos and evil.
and fed his body to desert animals.74.14 animals; or people.
15You made springs and fountains flow;
you dried up large rivers.
16You created the day and the night;
you set the sun and the moon in their places;
17you set the limits of the earth;
you made summer and winter.
18But remember, O LORD, that your enemies laugh at you,
that they are godless and despise you.
19Don't abandon your helpless people to their cruel enemies;
don't forget your persecuted people!
20Remember the covenant you made with us.
There is violence in every dark corner of the land.
21Don't let the oppressed be put to shame;
let those poor and needy people praise you.
22Rouse yourself, God, and defend your cause!
Remember that godless people laugh at you all day long.
23Don't forget the angry shouts of your enemies,
the continuous noise made by your foes.
751We give thanks to you, O God, we give thanks to you!
We proclaim how great you are
and tell of75.1 Some ancient translations We proclaim how great you are and tell of; Hebrew Your name is near and they tell of. the wonderful things you have done.
2“I have set a time for judgement,” says God,
“and I will judge with fairness.
3Though every living creature tremble
and the earth itself be shaken,
I will keep its foundations firm.
4I tell the wicked not to be arrogant;
5I tell them to stop their boasting.”
6Judgement does not come from the east or from the west,
from the north or from the south;75.6 Probable text from the north or from the south; Hebrew from the wilderness of the mountains.
7it is God who is the judge,
condemning some and acquitting others.
8The LORD holds a cup in his hand,
filled with the strong wine of his anger.
He pours it out, and all the wicked drink it;
they drink it down to the last drop.
9But I will never stop speaking of the God of Jacob
or singing praises to him.
10He will break the power of the wicked,
but the power of the righteous will be increased.
761God is known in Judah;
his name is honoured in Israel.
2He has his home in Jerusalem;
he lives on Mount Zion.
3There he broke the arrows of the enemy,
their shields and swords, yes, all their weapons.
4How glorious you are, O God!
How majestic, as you return from the mountains
where you defeated your foes.
5Their brave soldiers have been stripped of all they had
and now are sleeping the sleep of death;
all their strength and skill was useless.
6When you threatened them, O God of Jacob,
the horses and their riders fell dead.
7But you, LORD, are feared by all.
No one can stand in your presence
when you are angry.
8You made your judgement known from heaven;
the world was afraid and kept silent,
9when you rose up to pronounce judgement,
to save all the oppressed on earth.
10Human anger only results in more praise for you;
those who survive the wars will keep your festivals.76.10 One ancient translation will keep your festivals; verse 10 in Hebrew is unclear.
11Give the LORD your God what you promised him;
bring gifts to him, all you nearby nations.
God makes everyone fear him;
12he humbles proud princes
and terrifies great kings.