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Psalm 74 - 2nd Version
OLMUTZ | Bible Passage
Adapted from a German Melody
1 O GOD, why hast thou cast us off?
Why doth for ever smoke
Thy wrath against thy chosen race,
Sheep of thy flock?
2 Thy church, by thee redeemed of old,
In love remember still;
The tribe of thy inheritance,
This Zion hill.
3 Here thou hast dwelt; lift up thy feet,
To these sad ruins haste,
Thy holy place with wicked hands
By foes laid waste.
4 Thy enemies in triumph shout,
Where saints were wont to pray;
Their ensigns on thy temple's walls
For signs display.
5 It seemed as if one cut down trees,
But now the carved work falls;
With axes and with hammers now
They break the walls.
6 They have thy temple set on fire,
In dust they have defiled
Thy holy place, where dwelt thy name,
Thy house despoiled.
7 They, to destroy us all at once,
Did in their hearts conspire;
Through all the land God's synagosues
They've burnt with fire.
8 Our signs we see not; there is now
No prophet us among;
Nor is there any one who knows
The time how long.
9 O Lord, how long shall those blaspheme
Thy name who thee withstand?
Why hide thyself?. Make bare thy hand,
Even thy right hand.
10 Because God is my King of old;
Salvation worketh he
Through all the earth, and by his strength
'Divides the sea.
11 Thou broken hast the dragons' heads,
And as their meat didst give
Leviathan to those who did
In deserts live.
12 Fountain and flood thou didst divide,
Mad'st mighty rivers dry;
The day is thine, the night is thine,
The sun and sky.
13 Thou hast established by decree
Ali borders of the earth;
To summer and to winter thou
Hast given birth.
14 O Lord, do thou this keep in mind,
How enemies defame,
And how the foolish people have
Blasphemed thy name.
15 Thy turtle dove deliver not
To crowds which it beset,
And thy poor flock for evermore
Do not forget.
16 Unto thy covenant have respect,
For everywhere we see
The earth's dark habitations filled
17 O let not those that are oppressed
Return again with shame;
But let the poor and needy ones
Still praise thy name.
18 Arise, O God, plead thine own cause;
Keep thou in memory
How every day the foolish man
19 Of them that up against thee rise
The tumult ever grows;
Forget not thou the voice of them
That are thy foes.
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.