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Remember thy congregation, which thou hast pur

chased of old; The rod of thine inheritance, which thou hast re

deemed; This mount Zion, wherein thou hast dwelt. Lift up thy feet unto the perpetual desolations; Even all that the enemy hath done wickedly in the

sanctuary. Thine enemies roar in the midst of thy congrega

tions; They set up their ensigns for signs. A man was famous according as he had lifted up Axes upon the thick trees. But now they break down the carved work thereof At once with axes and hammers. They have cast fire into thy san6luary, They have defiled by casting down the dwelling place

of thy name to the ground. They said in their hearts, Let us destroy them to

gether: They have burned up all the synagogues of God in

the land. We see not our signs: There is no more any prophet: Neither is there among us any that knoweth how

long. O God, how long shall the adversary reproach? Shall the enemy blaspheme thy name for ever?

Why withdrawest thou thy hand, even thy right

hand? Pluck it out of thy bosom. For God is my King of old, Working salvation in the midst of the earth. Thou didst divide the sea by thy strength: Thou brakest the heads of the dragons in the waters. Thou brakest the heads of leviathan in pieces, And gavest him to be meat to the people inhabiting

the wilderness.

Thou didst cleave the fountain and the flood:

Thou driedst up mighty rivers.
The day is thine, the night also 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, that the enemy hath reproached, O

Lord,
And that the foolish people have blasphemed thy

name.

O deliver not the soul of thy turtledove unto the mul

titude of the wicked: Forget not the congregation of thy poor for ever. Have respect unto the covenant: For the dark places of the earth are full of the ha

bitations of cruelty. O let not the oppressed return ashamed: Let the poor and needy praise thy name.

Arise, O God, plead thine own cause:
Remember how the foolish man reproacheth thee

daily.
Forget not the voice of thine enemies:
The tumult of those that rise up against thee increas-

eth continually.

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LXXV

To the chief Musician
Al-taschith, A Psalm or Song of Asaph
Unto thee, O God, do we give thanks, unto thee do

we give thanks:
For that thy name is near thy wondrous works de-

clare.
When I shall receive the congregation
I will judge uprightly.
The earth and all the inhabitants thereof are dis-

solved:
I bear up the pillars of it.

Selah.
I said unto the fools, Deal not foolishly:
And to the wicked, Lift not up the horn:
Lift not up your horn on high:
Speak not with a stiff neck.
For promotion cometh neither from the east,
Nor from the west, nor from the south.
But God is the judge:
He putteth down one, and setteth up another.

For in the hand of the Lord there is a cup, and the

wine is red; It is full of mixture; and he poureth out of the same: But the dregs thereof, all the wicked of the earth

shall wring them out, and drink them.
But I will declare for ever;
I will sing praises to the God of Jacob.
All the horns of the wicked also will I cut off;
But the horns of the righteous shall be exalted.

LXXVI

To the chief Musician on Neginoth

A Psalm or Song of Asaph In Judah is God known: His name is great in Israel. In Salem also is his tabernacle, And his dwelling place in Zion. There brake he the arrows of the bow, The shield, and the sword, and the battle. Selah.

. Thou art more glorious and excellent than the moun

tains of prey.

The stouthearted are spoiled, they have slept their

sleep: And none of themen of might have found their hands. At thy rebuke, O God of Jacob, Both the chariot and horse are cast into a dead sleep. Thou, even thou, art to be feared:

And who

may stand in thy sight when once thou art angry? Thou didst cause judgment to be heard from heaven; The earth feared, and was still, When God arose to judgment, To save all the meek of the earth.

Selah. Surely the wrath of man shall praise thee: The remainder of wrath shalt thou restrain. Vow, and pay unto the Lord

your

God: Let all that be round about him bring presents unto

him that ought to be feared. He shall cut off the spirit of princes: He is terrible to the kings of the earth.

LXXVII

To the chief Musician, to Jeduthun

A Psalm of Asaph
I Cried unto God with my voice,
Even unto God with my voice; and he

gave ear unto

me.

In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord:
My sore ran in the night, and ceased not:
My soul refused to be comforted.
I remembered God, and was troubled:
I complained, and my spirit was overwhelmed. Selah.
Thou holdest mine eyes waking:
I am so troubled that I cannot speak.

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