The Nation Cries for Jerusalem
A song of Asaph.
1God, nations have come against your people.
They have ruined your holy Temple.
They have turned Jerusalem into ruins.
2They have given the bodies of your servants
as food to the wild birds.
They have given the bodies of those who worship you
to the wild animals.
3They have spilled blood like water
all around Jerusalem.
No one was left to bury the dead.
4We are a bad joke to the other nations.
They laugh and make fun of us.
5Lord, how long will this last? Will you be angry forever?
How long will your jealousy burn like a fire?
6Be angry with the nations that do not know you.
Be angry with the kingdoms that do not honor you.
7They have destroyed the people of Jacob.
Those nations have destroyed the people’s land.
8Don’t punish us for the sins of our ancestors.
Show your mercy to us soon.
We are helpless!
9God our Savior, help us
so people will praise you.
Save us and forgive our sins
so people will honor you.
10Why should the nations say,
“Where is their God?”
Tell the other nations in our presence
that you punish those who kill your servants.
11Hear the moans of the prisoners.
Use your great power
to save those sentenced to die.
12Repay those around us seven times over
for their insults to you, Lord.
13We are your people, the sheep of your flock.
We will thank you always.
Forever and ever we will praise you.