Are You Sad or Lonely?
God, pagan nations have conquered your land, your special possession.
They have defiled your holy Temple and made Jerusalem a heap of
have left the bodies of your servants as food for the birds of
heaven. The flesh of your godly ones
become food for the wild animals.
has flowed like water all around Jerusalem; no one is left to bury
are mocked by our neighbors, an object of scorn and derision to
those around us.
5 O Lord,
how long will you be angry with us? Forever? How long will your
jealousy burn like fire?
out your wrath on the nations that refuse to acknowledge you—on
kingdoms that do not call upon your name.
they have devoured your people Israel, making the land a desolate
not hold us guilty for the sins of our ancestors! Let your compassion
quickly meet our needs, for we are on the brink of despair.
us, O God of our salvation! Help us for the glory of your name. Save
us and forgive our sins for the honor of your name.
should pagan nations be allowed to scoff, asking, “Where is their
God?” Show us your vengeance against the nations, or they have
spilled the blood of your servants.
to the moaning of the prisoners. Demonstrate your great power by
saving those condemned to die.
Lord, pay back our neighbors seven times for the scorn they have
hurled at you.
we your people, the sheep of your pasture, will thank you forever and
ever, praising your greatness from generation to generation.
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