A Lament Over Jerusalem
1A Psalm of Asaph. God, the nations have invaded Your inheritance, defiled Your holy Temple, and reduced Jerusalem to ruins.
2They gave the carcasses of Your servants as food to the birds of the skies, the flesh of Your kedoshim to the beasts of the earth.
3They poured out their blood like water all around Jerusalem, and there was no one to bury them.
4We have become a taunt to our neighbors, a scorn and derision to those around us.
5How long, Adonai, will You be angry? Forever? Will Your jealousy keep blazing 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 laid waste his country.
8Do not hold against us the sins of our fathers. May Your mercies come quickly to meet us, for we are brought very low.
9Help us, God of our salvation— for the sake of the glory of Your Name. Deliver us, and atone for our sins— for Your name’s sake.
10Why should the nations say: “Where is their God?” Before our eyes, let it be known among the nations that You avenge the shed blood of Your servants.
11Let the prisoner’s groan come to You. By Your great arm preserve those who are doomed to die.
12Pay back into the midst of our neighbors sevenfold their reproach— the reproach they hurled at You, my Lord.
13So we, Your people, the flock of Your pasture, will praise You forever. From generation to generation we will recount Your praise.