A psalm of Asaph.
they have polluted your holy temple
and turned Jerusalem 4 into a heap of ruins.
79:2 They have given the corpses of your servants
to the birds of the sky; 5
the flesh of your loyal followers
to the beasts of the earth.
79:3 They have made their blood flow like water
all around Jerusalem, and there is no one to bury them. 6
79:4 We have become an object of disdain to our neighbors;
those who live on our borders taunt and insult us. 7
Will you stay angry forever?
How long will your rage 9 burn like fire?
on the kingdoms that do not pray to you! 11
79:7 For they have devoured Jacob
and destroyed his home.
1 sn Psalm 79. The author laments how the invading nations have destroyed the temple and city of Jerusalem. He asks God to forgive his people and to pour out his vengeance on those who have mistreated them.
2 tn Or “nations.”
3 tn Heb “have come into your inheritance.”
5 tn Heb “[as] food for the birds of the sky.”
6 tn Heb “they have poured out their blood like water, all around Jerusalem, and there is no one burying.”
8 tn Heb “How long, O
9 tn Or “jealous anger.”
10 tn Heb “which do not know you.” Here the Hebrew term “know” means “acknowledge the authority of.”
11 sn The kingdoms that do not pray to you. The people of these kingdoms pray to other gods, not the Lord, because they do not recognize his authority over them.