The Holy Bible: The Old Hymns (Psalms) Chapter 73-80

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Book 3

       73[1-6] A Hymn of Asaph. Truly God is good to Israel, to Your people who have clean hearts. But as for me, my feet had almost fallen; my steps had nearly slipped. I was jealous of stupid people, when I saw the prosperity of those sinful ones. For death doesn’t keep them out of trouble; their strength outlasts it. They don’t suffer as other people; nor are they troubled as others are. So pride binds them as a chain and violence covers them as clothes.

     [7-12] They keep getting more, even though they have more than a heart could hope for already. They’re evil, talking arrogantly, and cruelly oppress others. They even speak against the heavens, as they walk through the earth. So their people return here, and take all their punishment for them. So they ask, How does God know? and, Does the Most High know it? See, these are the ungodly that prosper in the world, which increase their riches.

     [13-20] Truthfully, I’ve cleansed my heart for no reason, and washed my hands in innocence. I’ve been troubled all day long, and disciplined every morning. If I say, I’ll speak this; I would offend the whole generation of Your children. And when I knew this, it was too upsetting for me, until I went into the House of Yahweh God and understood what would happen to them in the end. Surely You put them in devious places, throwing them into ruin. In a moment, they’re brought into misery! They’re all together consumed with horror. As a nightmare when one awakes; so, my God, when You awake, You hate what you see.

     [21-28] So my heart was grieved, and I was torn in my mind. I was so stupid and ignorant, like a dumb animal before You. Yet I stay with You, because You’ve held me by my hand. You’ll guide me with Your wisdom, and afterward receive me up to heaven. Who have I in heaven but You? And there’s no one on earth that I long for but You, God. My body and my heart fails, but You, God are the strength of my spirit, and my fortune forever. See, those that are far from You die: You destroy all those that are unfaithful to You. But it’s good for me to draw near to God: I’ve put my trust in the Savior God, so that I can tell everyone of all Your acts.

     74 [1-3] A Poem of Teaching of Asaph. Oh God, why have You abandoned us forever? Why does Your anger burn against Your children? Remember Your people, which You’ve bought back long ago; the strength of Your inheritance, which You’ve freed; this mount Zion, where You’ve always been. Lift up Your feet from where You sleep and awake to see our continual destruction; all the evil that the enemy has done in the House of God.

     [4-8] Your enemies shout in the midst of Your congregations, setting up their flags for signs. People were famous if they had axed down thick trees, but now they break down the carved works of it at once with axes and hammers. They’ve thrown fire into Your House of God, defiling it by burning the resting place of Your Name, Yahweh, down to the ground. They said in their hearts, Let’s destroy them, while burning up all the sanctuaries of God in the land.

     [9-12] We don’t see our signs: there’s not a preacher any more: nor are there any among us that knows how long. Oh God, how long will the adversary accuse us? Yahweh, will the enemy curse Your Name forever? Why do You withdraw Your hand, even Your strong hand? Take it out of Your lap. For God is my Eternal Savior, bringing Your saving grace in the midst of the earth.

     [13-17] You divided the sea by Your strength: You broke the heads of the sea dragons in the oceans. You broke the heads of leviathan, the great dinosaur of the sea, in pieces, and gave them for meat to the people living in the wilderness. You opened up the sources of water and the flood and dried up mighty rivers. The day is Yours; the night is Yours also; You made the sun and the moon. You set all the boundaries of the earth and made every season.

     [18-23] Remember this, that the enemy has accused, oh Yahweh, and that stupid people have cursed Your Name. Oh don’t give the soul of Your beloved to all the sinful people: Don’t forget the poor of Your people forever. Keep Your promise: for the secret places of the earth are full of cruel territories. Don’t let the oppressed come back ashamed: let the poor and needy praise Your Name, Yahweh. Awake, oh God, plead Your own case: remember how stupid people accuse You daily. Don’t forget the voice of Your enemies; the uproar of those that stand up against You keeps getting louder.

     75[1-5] To the first musician, you must not destroy, A Hymn or Song of Asaph. To You, oh God, we give thanks, to You we give thanks, for Your wondrous creations tell us that You are near. When I lead God’s people I’ll judge matters fairly. The earth and all of its people are broken, but I’ll support it. Selah! I said to stupid people, Don’t be stupid, and to the sinful, Don’t be prideful, lifting up your pride to heaven, and don’t speak stubbornly.

     [6-10] Promotion comes neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south, but God is the judge, putting down one, and setting up another. For in the hand of Yahweh there’s a penalty, and the wine of wrath is blood red; full of mixture; and God pours it out, but all the sinful of the earth will drink it, and even drink the sediment of it, as well. But I’ll speak out forever; I’ll sing praises to the God of Israel. All the strength of the sinful will be taken away; but the strength of godly people will be uplifted.

     76 [1-7] To the first musician on the stringed instrument, A Hymn or Song of Asaph. God is known in Judah: Your Name is great in Israel. Your House of God is in Salem and Your resting place is in Jerusalem also. There You break the bows and arrows, the shields, the blades, and the battle. Selah! You are more glorious and excellent than the mountains full of prey. The tough-hearted are spoiled, they’ve gotten their sleep, and none of the strong have found their strength. At Your teaching, oh God of Israel, both the driver and the horse are still. You, Oh God, are to be feared, and who can stand in Your sight when You are angry?

     [8-12] God heard judgment from heaven; the earth feared, and stood still, when You arose to judgment, to save those of the earth with humility. Selah! Surely the people’s anger will turn to praise You, and what’s left of their anger You’ll restrain. Vow, and pay what’s due to Yahweh, Your God; let everyone around bring offerings to the One that ought to be respected. God will remove the spirit of the rulers: You are dreadful to the rulers of the earth.

     77 [1-6] To the first musician, to Laudatory, A Hymn of Asaph. I cried aloud to God, to God with my own voice; and You listened to me. In the day of my trouble, when I ached all night with pain, which never stopped, and my soul refused to be comforted, I sought the Savior. I was troubled when I remembered God and complained, but my spirit was overwhelmed. Selah! You keep me awake: I’m so troubled that I can’t even speak. I’ve considered the past, the years long ago. I remembered my song in the night as I thought about it in my heart, my spirit carefully searching for it.

     [7-12] I asked, Will the Savior cast me off forever? And will God be gracious no more? Is Your mercy completely gone forever? Will Your promises fail forever? Has God forgotten to be gracious? Have You shut up Your tender mercies in anger? Selah! And then I said, This is only what I deserved, but I remember the years the Most High was at my side. I’ll remember the acts of Yahweh: surely I’ll remember Your wonders from the past. I’ll think about all Your creations, and talk also of what You have done.

     [13-20] Your way, oh Yahweh, is in the House of God: Who is as great as our God? You are the God that does wonders, showing Your strength among the people. You’ve bought back Israel, the descendants of Jacob and Joseph. Selah! The waters felt You, oh God, the waters felt You upset them and the depths were troubled as well. The clouds poured rain, the skies thundered, and Your lightening flashed also. The sound of Your thunder was in the heavens: the lightning lit up the world and the earth trembled and shook. Your way is in the sea; Your path is in the great oceans, and no one knows where You go. You led Israel like a heard of animals by the hand of Moses and Aaron.

78[1-11] A Poem of Teaching of Asaph. Listen, oh my people, to my word: listen to the words of my mouth and I’ll tell you a story, speaking of mysterious sayings of the past, which we have heard and known, and our parents have told us. We won’t hide them from our children, and will show the praises of Yahweh to the next generation, and the strength of God, and the wonderful things that God has done. For You established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, which You commanded our parents to make them known to their children, so the generation to come would know them; And even their children that will be born to them to tell it to their children, so that they would put their hope in God, and not forget the acts of God, but keep Your commandments; and not be as their parents, who were a stubborn and rebellious generation, a generation that refused to change their hearts, and whose spirits weren’t committed to God, as the children of Ephraim, being armed, and carrying weapons, turned back in the day of battle. They didn’t keep the covenant of God, and refused to walk in Your Word, forgetting the acts of God, and the wonders that You had shown them.

     [12-20] You did marvelous things in the sight of their parents, in the land of Egypt, in the field of Zoan. You divided the Red sea, and allowed them to pass through it; making the waters to stand up as a mountain pass. You also led them with a cloud in the daytime, and through the night with the light of fire. You split the rock in the wilderness, and gave them water to drink from a deep source. You, God brought streams of water out of the rock also, causing it to run down like rivers. And they sinned all the more against God by provoking the Most High God in the wilderness. They tempted God in their hearts by asking for meat to satisfy their appetites. Yes, they even spoke against God and said, Can God furnish a table in the wilderness? Look, God split the rock, so that the waters gushed out, and the streams overflowed; Can God give us food also? Can God provide meat for the people as well?

     [21-33] Yahweh heard this, and was angry: so a fiery wrath was kindled against Jacob, and anger also came up against Israel, because they didn’t believed God, and didn’t trust in Your saving grace, though You had commanded the clouds from above, and opened the doors of heaven, and had rained down manna on them to eat, and had given them of the grain of heaven. People ate the food of angels, and You, God, sent them enough meat to fill them. You caused an east wind to blow in the heavens, and powerfully brought in the south wind, raining meat on them as dust, and quail like the sand of the sea, and let them fall right in the middle of their camp, all around their tents. So they ate and were well filled, because You gave them what they wanted. They weren’t kept from their appetites, but while their meat was yet in their mouths, the anger of God came down on them, and slew the fattest of them, and brought down the chosen people of Israel. For all this they still sinned, and didn’t believe the wondrous acts of God, so You consumed their days with emptiness, and their years in trouble.

     [34-39] But when You slew them, then they sought God, and they returned and soon asked for God. And they remembered that God was their Rock, the Most High God, their Savior. Yet they flattered You with their mouths, but lied to You with their words. Their hearts weren’t right with God, nor were they committed to Your covenant with them. But You, God, being full of compassion, forgave their sin, and didn’t destroy them: yes, many times You put aside Your anger, never stirring it up. For You remembered that they were only human; like a wind that passes away, and doesn’t come again.

     [40-51] How often they provoked You in the wilderness, and grieved You in the desert! Yes, they turned back and tempted God, and limited what You, the Holy One of Israel, would do in their midst. They didn’t remember God’s hand, or the day when You delivered them from the adversary. How God had wrought signs in Egypt, and wonders in the field of Zoan, turning their rivers into blood, making it so that they couldn’t drink it. You sent different sorts of flies among them, which devoured them; and frogs, which destroyed them, giving their increase to the caterpillar, and their work to the locust also; destroying their vines with hail, and their sycamore trees with frost; destroying their cattle also in the hail, and their flocks with hot lightening bolts; casting on them the fierceness of Your anger, all Your rage, righteous anger, and trouble, by sending evil angels among them; making way for Your anger; not sparing their soul from death, but giving their lives over to the pestilence; and striking all the firstborn in Egypt, their strongest rulers, in the sanctuaries of Ham.

     [52-61] But You made Your own people go forward like animals, guiding them in the wilderness like a heard, leading them safely on, so that they weren’t afraid, while the sea overwhelmed their enemies. You brought them to the border of Your House of God, even to this mountain, which the hand of God had bought. You also cast out the ungodly before them, and divided to them an inheritance by their families, and made the people of Israel to stay in their houses. Yet they tempted and provoked the Most High God, and didn’t keep Your words, but unfaithfully turned back, doing just like their parents, who dishonestly turned away. They provoked God to anger with their places of worship, and made You jealous because of their worship of other things. When You, oh God, heard this, You were angry, and greatly hated Israel; so much that You forsook the House of God of Shiloh, the tent which You placed among the people, and allowed the Ark of the Covenant to be taken into captivity, and the glory of God fell into the adversary’s hand.

     [62-66] You gave the people of God over to war; being angry with Your inheritance. The fire consumed their young people, even before they were married. Their preachers fell in war; and their survivors weren’t allowed to mourn. Then the Savior awaked as one out of sleep, and like a drunk person who shouts, struck the rear of the enemy, and made them greatly ashamed.

     [67-72] Moreover You refused the family of Joseph, and didn’t choose the family of Ephraim, but chose instead the tribe of Judah, mount Zion, which God loved. And built Yahweh’s House of God like high mansions, like the earth which You established forever. You chose David also, who was Your subject, oh God, taking him from caring for the animals, and from following those pregnant with young, to feed Jacob, Your people, and Israel, Your inheritance. So David led them with a true heart; and guided them with skilful hands.

      79[1-5] A Hymn of Asaph. Oh God, the ungodly have come into Your inheritance, defiling Your holy House of God, and Jerusalem is in heaps. The dead bodies of Your children they have given for food to the birds of heaven, the bodies of Your saints to the wild animals of the earth. They have shed their blood like water around Jerusalem; and there was no one to bury them. We are become accursed to our neighbors, a mockery and the ridicule of those around us. How long, oh Yahweh? Will You be angry forever? Will Your jealousy burn like fire?

     [6-9] Pour out Your anger on the ungodly that haven’t known You, Yahweh, and on the nations that haven’t called on Your Name, for they’ve devoured Israel, and destroyed their homes. Oh don’t remember our former sins: let Your tender mercies quickly forestall us: for we are very humiliated. Help us, Yahweh, the God who saves us, for the glory of Your Name; save us and take away our sins, for Your Name’s sake.

     [10-13] Why should the ungodly say, Where is their God? Let God be known among the ungodly in our sight, by the avenging of the shed blood of Your people. Let the sighing of the captive come before You; according to the greatness of Your power save those that are appointed to die; and give to our neighbors seven times into their lap the blame, which they’ve accused You with, my God. So we, Your people and the sheep of Your pasture, will give You thanks forever: We’ll show Your praise to all generations.

     80[1-6] To the first musician on the trumpet of the people, A Hymn of Asaph. Listen, oh Shepherd of Israel, who leads the people of Joseph like a flock; You, oh God who stays between the angelic creatures, shine forward. Before Ephraim, Benjamin, and Manasseh, let Your strength rise up to come and save us. Return us to You, oh God, and cause Your face to shine on us; and we’ll be saved. Oh Yahweh, God of heavenly hosts, how long will You be angry against the prayer of Israel? You feed them with the food of tears; and give them many tears to drink. You make us a conflict to our neighbors, and our enemies laugh among themselves.

     [7-11] Return us to You, oh God of heavenly hosts, and cause Your face to shine on us; and we’ll be saved. You’ve brought a vine out of Egypt: You’ve cast out the ungodly, and planted it. You made room for it, and caused it to take root deeply, and it filled the land. The hills were covered with the shadow of it, and its branches were like the good cedars. They sent them out to the sea, their branches to the river.

     [12-19] Why have You then broken down their boundaries, so that all those which pass by pick on them? The wild boars in the woods waste it, and wild animals eat it. Return, we beg You, oh God of heavenly hosts: look down from heaven, and see; visit this vine and the vineyard which Your hand has planted, and the branch that You made strong for Yourself. It’s burned with fire and cut down, wilting at the look of Your face. Let Your hand be on Your chosen people, on the children of those that You made strong for Yourself. Revive us, so we won’t turn away from You: and we’ll call on Your Name. Return us to our former state, oh Yahweh, God of heavenly hosts, cause Your face to shine on us; and we’ll be saved.


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