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O GOD, wherefore art thou absent from us so long : why is thy wrath so hot against the sheep of thy pasture?
2 O think upon thy congregation : whom thou hast purchased and redeemed of old.
3 Think upon the tribe of thine inheritance : and mount Sion, wherein thou hast dwelt.
4 Lift up thy feet, that thou mayest utterly destroy every enemy : which hath done evil in thy sanctuary.
5 Thine adversaries roar in the midst of thy congregations : and set up their banners for tokens.
6 He that hewed timber afore out of the thick trees : was known to bring it to an excellent work.
7 But now they break down all the carved work thereof : with axes and hammers.
8 They have set fire upon thy holy places : and have defiled the dwelling-place of thy Name, even unto the ground.
9 Yea, they said in their hearts, Let us make havock of them altogether : thus have they burnt up all the houses of God in the land.
10 We see not our tokens, there is not one prophet more : no, not one is there among us, that understandeth any more.
11 O God, how long shall the adversary do this dishonour : how long shall the enemy blaspheme thy Name, for ever?
12 Why withdrawest thou thy hand : why pluckest thou not thy right hand out of thy bosom to consume the enemy?
13 For God is my King of old : the help that is done upon earth he doeth it himself.
14 Thou didst divide the sea through thy power : thou brakest the heads of the dragons in the waters.
15 Thou smotest the heads of Leviathan in pieces : and gavest him to be meat for the people in the wilderness.
16 Thou broughtest out fountains and waters out of the hard rocks : thou driedst up mighty waters.
17 The day is thine, and the night is thine : thou hast prepared the light and the sun.
18 Thou hast set all the borders of the earth : thou hast made summer and winter.
19 Remember this, O Lord, how the enemy hath rebuked : and how the foolish people hath blasphemed thy Name.
20 O deliver not the soul of thy turtle-dove unto the multitude of the enemies : and forget not the congregation of the poor for ever.
21 Look upon the covenant : for all the earth is full of darkness and cruel habitations.
22 O let not the simple go away ashamed : but let the poor and needy give praise unto thy Name.
23 Arise, O God, maintain thine own cause : remember how the foolish man blasphemeth thee daily.
24 Forget not the voice of thine enemies : the presumption of them that hate thee increaseth ever more and more.