Maschil of Asaph
1 O God, have You cast us off forever? Will Your anger smoke against the sheep of
2 Remember Your congregation, which You have purchased of old, the scepter of Your
inheritance which You have redeemed; this mount Zion in which You have dwelt.
3 Lift up Your feet to the perpetual desolations, even all the evil the enemy has done in
4 Your enemies roar in the midst of Your meeting place; they set up their banners for
5 They are known for bringing their axes against the thick trees.
6 And now all its engravings they strike down with axes and hammers.
7 They have set fire to Your sanctuary; they have defiled to the ground the dwelling
place of Your name.
8 They said in their hearts, Together let us violently oppress them. They have burned up
all the meeting places of the Mighty God in the land.
9 We do not see our signs; there is no prophet any more; neither is there among us any
who knows how long.
10 O God, how long shall the adversary reproach? Will the enemy blaspheme Your
11 Why do You withdraw Your hand, even Your right hand? From your bosom, draw it
out of Your bosom and exterminate them.
12 For God is my King of old, working deliverance in the midst of the earth.
13 You have divided the sea by Your strength; You have broken the heads of the sea
monsters in the waters.
14 You have crushed the heads of leviathan, and given him to be food to the people
living in the wilderness.
15 You have cleaved open the fountain and the flood; You have dried up mighty rivers.
16 The day is Yours, the night also is Yours; You have prepared the light and the sun.
17 You have established all the borders of the earth; You have made summer and
18 Remember this, that the enemy has reproached, O Jehovah, and that the foolish
people have blasphemed Your name.
19 O do not deliver the soul of Your turtle dove to the beasts; forget not the community
of Your lowly forever.
20 Have regard to the covenant; for the dark places of the earth are full of the abode of
21 O let not the oppressed return ashamed; let the lowly and needy praise Your name.
22 Arise, O God, plead Your own case; remember the daily reproaches of the fool.
23 Forget not the voice of Your enemies; the roar of those who rise up against You