Psalm 79. Deus, venerunt.
From the Book of Divine Worship
- The Psalter or Psalms of David - Contemporary - Sixteenth Day - Morning Prayer.
- O God, the heathen have come into your inheritance; they have profaned your holy temple; *
they have made Jerusalem a heap of rubble.
- They have given the bodies of your servants as food for the birds of the air, *
and the flesh of your faithful ones to the beasts of the field.
- They have shed their blood like water on every side of Jerusalem, *
and there was no one to bury them.
- We have become a reproach to our neighbors, *
an object of scorn and derision to those around us.
- How long will you be angry, O Lord? *
will your fury blaze like fire for ever?
- Pour out your wrath upon the heathen who have not known you *
and upon the kingdoms that have not called upon your Name.
- For they have devoured Jacob *
and made his dwelling a ruin.
- Remember not our past sins; let your compassion be swift to meet us; *
for we have been brought very low.
- Help us, O God our Savior, for the glory of your Name; *
deliver us and forgive us our sins, for your Name's sake.
- Why should the heathen say, "Where is their God?" *
Let it be known among the heathen and in our sight that you avenge the shedding of your servants' blood.
- Let the sorrowful sighing of the prisoners come before you, *
and by your great might spare those who are condemned to die.
- May the revilings with which they reviled you, O Lord, *
return seven-fold into their bosoms.
- For we are your people and the sheep of your pasture; *
we will give you thanks for ever and show forth your praise from age to age.
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