1 «A Psalm of Asaph.» O God,The people cry to God against the barbarous tyranny of the Babylonians who spoiled God's inheritance, polluted his temple, destroyed his religion, and murdered his people.the heathen are come into thine inheritance; thy holy temple have they defiled; they have laid Jerusalem on heaps.
2 TheThe prophets show to what extremities God sometimes allows his Church to fall to exercise their faith, before he sets his hand to deliver them.dead bodies of thy servants have they given [to be] meat unto the fowls of the heaven, the flesh of thy saints unto the beasts of the earth.
3 Their blood have they shed like water round about Jerusalem; and [there was] none toTheir friends and relatives did not dare to bury them for fear of the enemies.bury [them].
4 We are become a reproach to ourOf which some came from Abraham but were degenerate: and others were open enemies to your religion, but they both laughed at our miseries.neighbours, a scorn and derision to them that are round about us.
5 How long, LORD? wilt thou be angry for ever? shall thy jealousyWill you completely consume us for our sins, before you take us to mercy?burn like fire?
6 Powre out thy wrath vpon the heathen that haue not knowen thee, and vpon the kingdomes that haue not called vpon thy Name.
7 For they haue deuoured Iaakob and made his dwelling place desolate.
8 O remember not against usWhich we and our fathers have committed.former iniquities: let thy tender mercies speedily prevent us: for we are brought very low.
9 Help us, O God of ourSeeing we have no other Saviour, neither can we help ourselves, and also by our salvation your Name will be praised: therefore O Lord, help us.salvation, for the glory of thy name: and deliver us, and purge away our sins, for thy name's sake.
10 Wherefore should the heathen say, Where is their God? let him be knowen among the heathen in our sight by the vengeance of the blood of thy seruants that is shed.
11 Let the sighing of theWho though in respect to God they were justly punished for their sins, yet in consideration of their cause were unjustly murdered.prisoner come before thee; according to the greatness of thy power preserve thouWho were captives among their enemies and could look for nothing but death.those that are appointed to die;
12 And render to our neighbours seuen folde into their bosome their reproche, wherewith they haue reproched thee, O Lord.
13 So we thy people and sheep of thy pasture will give thee thanks for ever:We ought to desire no benefit from God, but on this condition to praise his name, (Isa_43:21).we will shew forth thy praise to all generations.