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{An instruction: of Asaph.}
Why, O God, hast thou cast off for ever?
[why] doth thine anger smoke against the sheep of thy pasture?
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Remember thine assembly, which thou hast purchased of old, which thou hast redeemed [to be] the portion of thine inheritance, this mount Zion, wherein thou hast dwelt.
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Lift up thy steps unto the perpetual desolations: everything in the sanctuary hath the enemy destroyed.
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Thine adversaries roar in the midst of thy place of assembly;
they set up their signs [for] signs.
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[A man] was known as he could lift up axes in the thicket of trees;
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And now they break down its carved work altogether, with hatchets and hammers.
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They have set on fire thy sanctuary, they have profaned the habitation of thy name to the ground.
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They said in their heart, Let us destroy them together: they have burned up all God's places of assembly in the land.
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We see not our signs;
there is no more any prophet, neither is there among us any that knoweth how long.
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How long, O God, shall the adversary reproach?
Shall the enemy contemn thy name for ever?
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Why withdrawest thou thy hand, and thy right hand?
[pluck it] out of thy bosom: consume [them].
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But God is my king of old, accomplishing deliverances in the midst of the earth.
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*Thou* didst divide the sea by thy strength;
thou didst break the heads of the monsters on the waters:
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*Thou* didst break in pieces the heads of leviathan, thou gavest him to be meat to those that people the desert.
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*Thou* didst cleave fountain and torrent, *thou* driedst up ever-flowing rivers.
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The day is thine, the night also is thine;
*thou* hast prepared the moon and the sun:
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*Thou* hast set all the borders of the earth;
summer and winter — *thou* didst form them.
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Remember this, that an enemy hath reproached Jehovah, and a foolish people have contemned thy name.
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Give not up the soul of thy turtle-dove unto the wild beast;
forget not the troop of thine afflicted for ever.
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Have respect unto the covenant;
for the dark places of the earth are full of the dwellings of violence.
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Oh let not the oppressed one return ashamed;
let the afflicted and needy praise thy name.
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Rise up, O God, plead thine own cause: remember how the foolish man reproacheth thee all the day;
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Forget not the voice of thine adversaries: the tumult of those that rise up against thee ascendeth continually.