Why, O God, do You abandon us endlessly, do You fume in anger at the sheep of Your flock?
2. Remember Your congregation that You acquired in ancient times: You redeemed the tribe of Your inheritance; Mount Zion, there You made Your dwelling place.
3. Lift up Your feet because of the endless devastation, all that the enemy destroyed in the sanctuary.
4. Your foes roared in the midst of Your Meeting-place; they took their signs for true signs.
5. Like one ascending through a tree thicket with axes he became known;
6. and behold – with hatchet and pikes they hacked away at all its carved work.
7. They burnt Your sanctuary in flames down to the land; they desecrated the dwelling-place of Your name.
8. They said in their hearts, “Let us destroy them altogether!’’ They set fire to all the Deity’s meeting places in the land.
9. We see no signs; there is no longer a prophet; and no one among us knows until what time.
10. Until when, O God, will the foe blaspheme, will the enemy endlessly revile Your name?
11. Why do You keep back Your hand? Draw Your right hand from amidst Your waistcoat.
12. Yet God, my king, Who effects salvation in the midst of the land since ancient times,
13. it was You who shattered the sea with Your might and smashed the heads of the monsters on the waters.
14. It was You who crushed the heads of Leviathan and delivered him as food to the desert denizens.
15. It was You who split open springs and streams. It was You who dried up mighty rivers.
16. Yours is the day; so, too, Yours is the night. It was You who crafted moon and sun.
17. It was You who fixed all the boundaries of the land; summer and winter; it was You who made them.
18. Remember how the enemy has blasphemed the LORD, how base people have reviled Your name.
19. Do not deliver the life of Your dove to the wild beast; do not endlessly forget the band of Your lowly ones.
20. Look to the covenant! For the dark places of the land are filled with haunts of violence.
21. May the downtrodden not come back disappointed; may the lowly and needy praise Your name.
22. Rise, O God, fight Your fight; remember that You are blasphemed by base men all day long.
23. Do not forget the sound of Your foes, the din of those who rise against You, that ascends on high all the time.
Although not a perfect fit for a Jewish psalm, the second photo (please enlarge it) is so strange that I could not resist showing it to you.
The frightening scene is painted on the wall of the Greek Orthodox church at Capernaum.
The dragons and sea monsters in our psalm sound like something out of Canaanite creation myths.
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