Easy Play Psalm 79

Geneva, 1543/1551


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Psalm 79


1. Your land, O God, the nations have invaded;
by heathen hordes your heritage was raided.
Look how they have, without restraint or pity,
defiled your temple and destroyed your city.
To carrion bird and beast
they’ve offered as a feast
the saints they led to slaughter;
around Jerusalem,
with none to bury them,
their blood was poured like water.

2. We are a taunt to those around us dwelling.
When will you come, the enemy expelling?
O hear us, LORD! Will you extinguish never
your jealous anger? Will it burn forever?
Your wrath, O LORD, pour out
on all who your name flout.
Consume the godless nations,
for greedily have they
seized Jacob as their prey
and razed his habitation.

3. Do not recall the misdeeds of our fathers,
nor hold their guilt against us, LORD, but rather
show your compassion to your humbled nation
and come with haste, O God of our salvation!
O LORD, increase your fame,
the glory of your name;
free us from all oppression.
Have mercy on your own;
for your name’s sake alone
forgive us our transgression.

4. Why should the heathen, Israel deriding,
ask in contempt, “Where may their God be hiding?”
Arise, O LORD! Strike in retaliation;
the blood of saints avenge before the nations!
And may you from your throne
hear how the prisoners groan.
Your greatness manifesting,
preserve us as of old.
Repay them sevenfold
who taunt you with their jesting.

5. We shall forever joyful praises render
to you, O LORD, our Shepherd and Defender.
We as your flock, your chosen congregation,
shall give you thanks through every generation.

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