Psalm 74. Ut quid, Deus?
From the Book of Divine Worship
- The Psalter or Psalms of David - Traditional - Fourteenth Day - Evening Prayer.
- O GOD, wherefore art thou absent from us so long? *
why is thy wrath so hot against the sheep of thy pasture?
- O think upon thy congregation, *
whom thou hast purchased, and redeemed of old.
- Think upon the tribe of thine inheritance, *
and Mount Sion, wherein thou hast dwelt.
- Lift up thy feet, that thou mayest utterly destroy every enemy, *
which hath done evil in thy sanctuary.
- Thine adversaries roar in the midst of thy congregations, *
and set up their banners for tokens.
- He that hewed timber afore out of the thick trees, *
was known to bring it to an excellent work.
- But now they break down all the carved work thereof *
with axes and hammers.
- They have set fire upon thy holy places, *
and have defiled the dwelling-place of thy Name, even unto the ground.
- Yea, they said in their hearts, Let us make havoc of them altogether: *
thus have they burnt up all the houses of God in the land.
- We see not our tokens; there is not one prophet more; *
no, not one is there among us, that understandeth any more.
- O God, how long shall the adversary do this dishonour? *
shall the enemy blaspheme thy Name for ever?
- Why withdrawest thou thy hand? *
why pluckest thou not thy right hand out of thy bosom to consume the enemy?
- For God is my King of old; *
the help that is done upon earth, he doeth it himself.
- Thou didst divide the sea through thy power; *
thou brakest the heads of the dragons in the waters.
- Thou smotest the heads of leviathan in pieces, *
and gavest him to be meat for the people of the wilderness.
- Thou broughtest out fountains and waters out of the hard rocks; *
thou driedst up mighty waters.
- The day is thine, and the night is thine; *
thou hast prepared the light and the sun.
- Thou hast set all the borders of the earth; *
thou hast made summer and winter.
- Remember this, O Lord, how the enemy hath rebuked; *
and how the foolish people hath blasphemed thy Name.
- O deliver not the soul of thy turtle-dove unto the multitude of the enemies; *
and forget not the congregation of the poor for ever.
- Look upon the covenant; *
for all the earth is full of darkness and cruel habitations.
- O let not the simple go away ashamed; *
but let the poor and needy give praise unto thy Name.
- Arise, O God, maintain thine own cause; *
remember how the foolish man blasphemeth thee daily.
- Forget not the voice of thine enemies: *
the presumption of them that hate thee increaseth ever more and more.
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