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Arise, O God, Defend Your Cause

A Maskil of Asaph.

741O God, why do you scast us off forever?

  Why does your anger tsmoke against uthe sheep of your pasture?

Ps. 79:13; 100:3; Jer. 23:1; Ezek. 34:31; [Ps. 95:7]

Deut. 29:20; [Ps. 18:8]

See Ps. 44:9

2vRemember your congregation, which you have wpurchased of old,

  which you have xredeemed to be ythe tribe of your heritage!

  Remember Mount Zion, zwhere you have dwelt.

Ps. 9:11

Isa. 63:17; Jer. 10:16; 51:19

Ps. 77:15; Isa. 63:9

Ex. 15:16; Deut. 32:6; [Ps. 78:54]

18, 22

3Direct your steps to athe perpetual ruins;

  the enemy has destroyed everything in the sanctuary!

[Isa. 61:4]

4Your foes have broared in the midst of your meeting place;

  cthey set up their down signs for esigns.


Num. 2:2

[Matt. 24:15]

Lam. 2:6

5They were like those who swing faxes

  in a forest of trees.2

[Jer. 46:22]

The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain

6And all its gcarved wood

  they broke down with hatchets and hammers.

[1 Kgs. 6:18, 29, 32, 35]

7They hset your sanctuary on fire;

  they iprofaned jthe dwelling place of your name,

  bringing it down to the ground.

[Ps. 26:8]

Ps. 89:39; [Lam. 2:2]

2 Kgs. 25:9; [Ps. 79:1]

8They ksaid to themselves, “We will utterly subdue them”;

  they burned all the meeting places of God in the land.

Ps. 83:4

9We do not see our lsigns;

  mthere is no longer any prophet,

  and there is none among us who knows how long.

[1 Sam. 3:1; Lam. 2:9; Ezek. 7:26; Amos 8:11]


10How long, O God, nis the foe to scoff?

  Is the enemy to revile your name forever?

18, 22; Ps. 79:12; 89:51

11Why odo you hold back your hand, your right hand?

  Take it from the fold of your garment3 and destroy them!

Lam. 2:3

Hebrew from your bosom

12Yet pGod my King is from of old,

  working salvation in the midst of the earth.

Ps. 44:4

13You qdivided the sea by your might;

  you rbroke the heads of sthe sea monsters4 on the waters.

Isa. 27:1

Isa. 51:9

Ex. 14:21

Or the great sea creatures

14You crushed the heads of tLeviathan;

  you gave him as food for the creatures of the wilderness.

See Job 41:1

15You usplit open springs and brooks;

  you vdried up ever-flowing streams.

Josh. 2:10; 4:23; Isa. 51:10; [Ps. 66:6]; See Ex. 14:21-25; Josh. 3:13-17

Ps. 78:15; 105:41; Ex. 17:5; Num. 20:11; Isa. 48:21

16Yours is the day, yours also the night;

  you have established wthe heavenly lights and the sun.

Ps. 104:19; See Gen. 1:14-16

17You have xfixed all the boundaries of the earth;

  you have made ysummer and winter.

Gen. 8:22

Deut. 32:8; [Acts 17:26]

18zRemember this, O Lord, how the enemy scoffs,

  and aa foolish people reviles your name.

Ps. 39:8; Deut. 32:6

2, 22; Ps. 89:50; Rev. 16:19; 18:5

19Do not deliver the soul of your bdove to the wild beasts;

  cdo not forget the life of your poor forever.

[Ps. 68:10]

Song 2:14

20Have regard for dthe covenant,

  for ethe dark places of the land are full of the habitations of violence.

[Ps. 10:8]

Ps. 106:45; Gen. 17:7; Lev. 26:44; Jer. 33:21

21Let not fthe downtrodden gturn back in shame;

  let hthe poor and needy praise your name.

Ps. 86:1

[Ps. 6:10]

Ps. 9:9; 10:18

22Arise, O God, idefend your cause;

  jremember how the foolish scoff at you all the day!

2, 18

[1 Sam. 24:15]

23Do not forget the clamor of your foes,

  kthe uproar of those who rise against you, which goes up continually!

See Ps. 65:7