Prayer for Israel
A Maskil of Asaph. # 1Ch 16:5,7
1Why have You rejected us forever, God?
Why does Your anger burn
against the sheep of Your pasture? # Ex 32:11; Ps 60:1,10; 108:11
2Remember Your congregation,
which You purchased long ago
and redeemed as the tribe for Your own possession. # Is 63:17; Jr 10:16; 51:19
Remember Mount Zion where You dwell. # Is 8:18
3Make Your way # Lit Lift up Your steps to the everlasting ruins,
to all that the enemy has destroyed in the sanctuary. # Ps 79:1; Is 61:4
4Your adversaries roared in the meeting place
where You met with us. # Lit in Your meeting place
They set up their emblems as signs. # Nm 2:2; Lm 2:6-7
5It was like men in a thicket of trees,
wielding axes, # Jr 46:22
6then smashing all the carvings
with hatchets and picks. # Lm 2:2
7They set Your sanctuary on fire;
they utterly # Lit they to the ground desecrated
the dwelling place of Your name. # 2Kg 25:9; Ps 79:1
8They said in their hearts,
“Let us oppress them relentlessly.”
They burned down every place throughout the land
where God met with us. # Lit every meeting place of God in the land # Ps 83:4
9There are no signs for us to see.
There is no longer a prophet.
And none of us knows how long this will last. # 1Sm 3:1; Lm 2:9; Ezk 7:26
10God, how long will the enemy mock?
Will the foe insult Your name forever? # Ps 79:12; 89:51
11Why do You hold back Your hand?
Stretch out # Lit From Your bosom Your right hand and destroy them! # Ps 59:13; Lm 2:3
12God my King is from ancient times,
performing saving acts on the earth. # Ps 47:6-8; 95:3; Jr 10:10
13You divided the sea with Your strength;
You smashed the heads of the sea monsters in the waters; # Ex 14:21; Is 51:9; Ezk 32:2
14You crushed the heads of Leviathan;
You fed him to the creatures of the desert. # Jb 41:1; Ps 104:26; Is 27:1
15You opened up springs and streams; # Ps 104:10-11
You dried up ever-flowing rivers. # Is 42:15; 44:27
16The day is Yours, also the night;
You established the moon and the sun. # Gn 1:14-18; Ps 104:19
17You set all the boundaries of the earth;
You made summer and winter. # Gn 8:22; Jb 38:10-11; Pr 8:29; Jr 5:22
18Remember this: the enemy has mocked Yahweh,
and a foolish people has insulted Your name. # Ps 14:1; 53:1; 89:51
19Do not give the life of Your dove to beasts; # One Hb ms, LXX, Syr read Do not hand over to beasts a soul that praises You
do not forget the lives of Your poor people forever. # Ps 9:18; 68:10
20Consider the covenant, # Dt 4:31; Ps 106:45
for the dark places of the land are full of violence. # Ezk 7:23
21Do not let the oppressed turn away in shame;
let the poor and needy praise Your name. # Ps 9:9; 103:6; Is 41:7
22Rise up, God, defend Your cause! # Ps 9:19; 82:8
Remember the insults
that fools bring against You all day long. # Ps 79:12
23Do not forget the clamor of Your adversaries,
the tumult of Your opponents that goes up constantly. # Ps 65:7