1O Elohim, why hast Thou cast us off lanetzach? Why doth Thine anger smoke against the tzon (sheep) of Thy mireh (pasture)? 2Remember Thy Edah (congregation), which Thou hast purchased of old; the shevet (tribe) of Thine nachalah, which Thou hast redeemed: this Har Tziyon, wherein Thou hast dwelt. 3Lift up Thy footsteps unto the mashu'ot netzach (perpetual ruins); even all that the oyev hath done wickedly in the Kodesh [the Beis HaMikdash]. 4Thine enemies roar in the midst of Thy Mo'ed (place of meeting); they set up their banners for otot (signs, i.e., their heathen insignia). 5It had been as though one lifted up kardumim (axes) upon the thicket of etz. 6But now they break down the carved panels [of the Beis HaMikdash] at once with hammers and chisels. 7They have set ablaze Thy Mikdash, burning it to the ground; they have brought chillul to the Mishkan Shemecha (the dwelling place of Thy Name). 8They said in their hearts, Let us crush them altogether; they have burned up all the Mo'adei El in HaAretz. 9We see not our otot (signs); there is no longer any navi; neither is there among us any that knoweth ad mah (until when). 10O Elohim ad mosai, (how long) shall the adversary revile? Shall the oyev (enemy) blaspheme Thy Shem lanetzach (forever)? 11Why withdrawest Thou Thy Yad, even Thy Yamin (Right Hand)? Take it out of Thy Kheyk (bosom) and destroy [them]. 12For Elohim is my Melech mikedem (from of old), working Yeshuah (salvation) in the midst of Ha'Aretz. 13Thou didst divide the yam by Thy oz (power); Thou didst break the heads of the sea serpents in the waters. 14Thou didst break the head of Leviathan in pieces, and gavest him to be ma'akhal (food) to the people inhabiting the wilderness. 15Thou didst break open the fountain and the flood; Thou driedst up mighty naharot (rivers). 16The yom is Thine, the lailah also is Thine; Thou hast prepared the ma'ohr (luminary, moon) and the shemesh. 17Thou hast set all the boundaries of Eretz; Thou hast made kayitz (summer) and choref (winter). 18Remember this, that the oyev (enemy) hath reproached Hashem, and that the am naval (foolish people) have blasphemed Shimcha. 19O deliver not the nefesh of Thy turtledove unto the wild beast; forget not the life of Thy aniyim (poor) lanetzach (forever). 20Have regard unto the Brit (covenant); for the dark places of the earth are full of the habitations of chamas. 21O let not the oppressed return in shame; let the oni and evyon praise Thy Shem. 22Arise, O Elohim, fight for Thine Own cause; remember how the naval (foolish man) revileth Thee kol hayom. 23Forget not the kol (voice) of Thine enemies, the tumult of those against Thee that rises up tamid (continually). [T.N. Cf Lk 2:23-24 and Ps 74:19 remembering that the turtledove was the sacrifice of the poor, which Moshiach would be, not a rich man but ani, according to Zech 9:9.]
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