A psalm of Asaph.
1O God, the nations have invaded your inheritance;
they have defiled your holy temple,
they have reduced Jerusalem to rubble.
2They have left the dead bodies of your servants
as food for the birds of the sky,
the flesh of your own people for the animals of the wild.
3They have poured out blood like water
all around Jerusalem,
and there is no-one to bury the dead.
4We are objects of contempt to our neighbours,
of scorn and derision to those around us.
5How long, Lord? Will you be angry for ever?
How long will your jealousy burn like fire?
6Pour out your wrath on the nations
that do not acknowledge you,
on the kingdoms
that do not call on your name;
7for they have devoured Jacob
and devastated his homeland.
8Do not hold against us the sins of past generations;
may your mercy come quickly to meet us,
for we are in desperate need.
9Help us, God our Saviour,
for the glory of your name;
deliver us and forgive our sins
for your name’s sake.
10Why should the nations say,
‘Where is their God?’
Before our eyes, make known among the nations
that you avenge the outpoured blood of your servants.
11May the groans of the prisoners come before you;
with your strong arm preserve those condemned to die.
12Pay back into the laps of our neighbours seven times
the contempt they have hurled at you, Lord.
13Then we your people, the sheep of your pasture,
will praise you for ever;
from generation to generation
we will proclaim your praise.