[A wise instruction (to be song) of Asaph.]
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O Lorde wherfore dost thou forsake vs altogether?
wherfore breaketh foorth thy anger agaynst the sheepe of thy pasture.
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Remember thy congregation, thou hast possest it nowe a long tyme: thou hast redeemed the rodde of thine inheritaunce, euen mount Sion wherein thou dwellest.
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Lyft vp thy feete for to destroy vtterly euery enemie: which hath done euyll in thy sanctuarie.
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Thyne aduersaries roare in the myddest of thy congregations: and set vp their banners for signes [of victorie.]
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He that hewed tymber afore out of thicke woddes [for to builde the temple:] was esteemed as one offeryng a present [to God] aboue.
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But nowe they breake downe into peeces all the carued worke therof: with axes and hammers.
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They haue set fire on thy holy places: they haue defiled the dwellyng place of thy name [castyng it downe] to the groud.
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Yea, they sayde in their heartes, let vs make hauocke of them altogether: thus haue they burnt vp all the houses of God in the lande.
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We see not our ensignes, there is not one prophete more: no not one is there amongst vs that vnderstandeth our case.
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O Lorde shall the aduersarie do this dishonour continually?
shall the enemie blaspheme thy name for euer?
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Why withdrawest thou thy hande, yea thy right hande?
consume [them, drawing] it out of thy bosome.
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Truely God is my kyng of olde: who worketh saluation in the myddest of the earth.
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Thou didst deuide the sea through thy power: thou brakest the heades of the dragons in the waters.
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Thou smotest the heades of Leuiathan in peeces: and gauest hym to be meate for the people in wildernesse.
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Thou broughtest out fountaynes and waters out of the harde rockes: thou dyddest drye vp mightie waters.
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The day is thine, & the nyght is thine: thou hast prepared the light & the sunne.
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Thou hast set all the borders of the earth: thou hast ordeyned summer and wynter.
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Remember this O God, the enemie hath dishonoured: and the foolishe people hath blasphemed thy name.
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O deliuer not the soule of thy turtle doue vnto a wylde beast: forget not the congregation of the poore for euer.
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Loke vpon the couenaunt: for darknesse of the earth hath replenisshed houses with iniquitie.
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O let not the simple go away ashamed: but let the afflicted & needy geue prayse vnto thy name.
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Arise O Lord, mayntayne thine owne cause: remember the dishonour that the foolishe man [doth] vnto thee dayly.
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Forget not the voyce of thine enemies: the mutteryng of them that hate thee ascendeth vp continually.