An Instruction of Asaph.
1Why, O God, hast Thou cast off for ever? Thine anger smoketh against the flock of Thy pasture.
2Remember Thy company. Thou didst purchase of old, Thou didst redeem the rod of Thy inheritance, This mount Zion — Thou didst dwell in it.
3Lift up Thy steps to the perpetual desolations, Everything the enemy did wickedly in the sanctuary.
4Roared have thine adversaries, In the midst of Thy meeting-places, They have set their ensigns as ensigns.
5He is known as one bringing in on high Against a thicket of wood — axes.
6And now, its carvings together With axe and hatchet they break down,
7They have sent into fire Thy sanctuary, to the earth they polluted the tabernacle of Thy name,
8They said in their hearts, ‘Let us oppress them together,’ They did burn all the meeting-places of God in the land.
9Our ensigns we have not seen, There is no more a prophet, Nor with us is one knowing how long.
10Till when, O God, doth an adversary reproach? Doth an enemy despise thy name for ever?
11Why dost Thou turn back Thy hand, Even Thy right hand? From the midst of Thy bosom remove [it].
12And God [is] my king of old, Working salvation in the midst of the earth.
13Thou hast broken by Thy strength a sea-[monster], Thou hast shivered Heads of dragons by the waters,
14Thou hast broken the heads of leviathan, Thou makest him food, For the people of the dry places.
15Thou hast cleaved a fountain and a stream, Thou hast dried up perennial flowings.
16Thine [is] the day, also Thine [is] the night, Thou hast prepared a light giver — the sun.
17Thou hast set up all the borders of earth, Summer and winter Thou hast formed them.
18Remember this — an enemy reproached Jehovah, And a foolish people have despised Thy name.
19Give not up to a company, The soul of Thy turtle-dove, The company of Thy poor ones forget not for ever.
20Look attentively to the covenant, For the dark places of earth, Have been full of habitations of violence.
21Let not the oppressed turn back ashamed, Let the poor and needy praise Thy name,
22Arise, O God, plead Thy plea, Remember Thy reproach from a fool all the day.
23Forget not the voice of Thine adversaries, The noise of Thy withstanders is going up continually!