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Psalm 74 - 1st Version
RAVENSBURG | Same-Tune Hymns | Bible Passage
FRIEDRICH SILCHER, 1789-1860
1 O GOD, why hast thou cast us off?
Is it for evermore?
Against thy pasture-sheep why doth
Thine anger smoke so sore?
2 The congregation of thy choice
In thy remembrance hold,
The people who have purchased been
By thee in days of old;
The tribe of thine inheritance,
Which thou redeemed hast,
This Zion hill, wherein thou hadst
Thy dwelling in the past.
3 To these long desolations, Lord,
Thy feet lift, tarry not,
For all the ill thy foes within
Thy holy place have wrought.
4 In midst of thine own meeting-place
Thine enemies do roar:
Their ensigns they set up for signs
Of triumph thee before.
5 It seemed as if one lifted up
His axe thick trees upon--
6 And now with hammer and with axe
They break its carvings down.
7 They fired have thy holy place,
And have defiled the same,
By casting down unto the ground
The place where dwelt thy name.
8 Thus said they in their hearts, Let us
Destroy them out of hand:
They burnt up all the synagogues
Of God within the land.
9 Our signs we do not now behold;
There is not us among
A prophet more, nor any one
That knows the time how long.
10 How long then shall the foe, O God,
And shall the adversary thus
Always blaspheme thy name?
11 Thy hand, even thy right hand of might,
To stretch forth why delay?
O from thy bosom pluck it out,
And sweep them quite away.
12 For certainly God is my King,
Even from the times of old,
Working in midst of all the earth
13 The sea, by thy great power, to part
Asunder thou didst make;
And thou the dragons' heads, O Lord,
Didst in the waters break.
14 The heads of the leviathan
Thou brakest, and didst give
Him to be meat unto the folk
That in the desert live.
15 Thou clav'st the fountain and the flood;
Didst dry the rivers great;
16 Both day and night are thine; thou didst
The light and sun create.
17 By thee the borders of the earth
Were settled everywhere:
The summer and the winter both
By thee created were.
18 How that the foe hath thee reproached,
O keep it in record;
And that the foolish people have
Blasphemed thy name, O Lord.
19 Unto the multitude do not
Thy turtle's soul deliver:
The congregation of thy poor
Do not forget for ever.
20 Unto thy covenant have respect;
For earth's dark places be
Full of the habitations dread
Of horrid cruelty.
21 O let not those that be oppressed
Return again with shame:
Let those that poor and needy are
Give praise unto thy name.
22 Do thou, O God, arise and plead
The cause that is thine own:
Remember how thou art reproached
Still by the foolish one.
23 Forget not thou the voice of them
That foes are unto thee;
The tumult of thine enemies
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1 ¬∂ O God, why hast thou cast us off for ever? why doth thine anger smoke against the sheep of thy pasture?
2 Remember thy congregation, which thou hast purchased of old; the rod of thine inheritance, which thou hast redeemed; this mount Zion, wherein thou hast dwelt.
3 Lift up thy feet unto the perpetual desolations; even all that the enemy hath done wickedly in the sanctuary.
4 Thine enemies roar in the midst of thy congregations; they set up their ensigns for signs.
5 A man was famous according as he had lifted up axes upon the thick trees.
6 But now they break down the carved work thereof at once with axes and hammers.
7 They have cast fire into thy sanctuary, they have defiled by casting down the dwelling place of thy name to the ground.
8 They said in their hearts, Let us destroy them together: they have burned up all the synagogues of God in the land.
9 We see not our signs: there is no more any prophet: neither is there among us any that knoweth how long.
10 O God, how long shall the adversary reproach? shall the enemy blaspheme thy name for ever?
11 Why withdrawest thou thy hand, even thy right hand? pluck it out of thy bosom.
12 ¬∂ For God is my King of old, working salvation in the midst of the earth.
13 Thou didst divide the sea by thy strength: thou brakest the heads of the dragons in the waters.
14 Thou brakest the heads of leviathan in pieces, and gavest him to be meat to the people inhabiting the wilderness.
15 Thou didst cleave the fountain and the flood: thou driedst up mighty rivers.
16 The day is thine, the night also is thine: thou hast prepared the light and the sun.
17 Thou hast set all the borders of the earth: thou hast made summer and winter.
18 ¬∂ Remember this, that the enemy hath reproached, O LORD, and that the foolish people have blasphemed thy name.
19 O deliver not the soul of thy turtledove unto the multitude of the wicked: forget not the congregation of thy poor for ever.
20 Have respect unto the covenant: for the dark places of the earth are full of the habitations of cruelty.
21 O let not the oppressed return ashamed: let the poor and needy praise thy name.
22 Arise, O God, plead thine own cause: remember how the foolish man reproacheth thee daily.
23 Forget not the voice of thine enemies: the tumult of those that rise up against thee increaseth continually.