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Psalm 79 Good News Translation (GNT)

A Prayer for the Nation's Deliverance[a]

79 O God, the heathen have invaded your land.
    They have desecrated your holy Temple
    and left Jerusalem in ruins.
They left the bodies of your people for the vultures,
    the bodies of your servants for wild animals to eat.
They shed your people's blood like water;
    blood flowed like water all through Jerusalem,
    and no one was left to bury the dead.
The surrounding nations insult us;
    they laugh at us and mock us.

Lord, will you be angry with us forever?
    Will your anger continue to burn like fire?
Turn your anger on the nations that do not worship you,
    on the people who do not pray to you.
For they have killed your people;
    they have ruined your country.

Do not punish us for the sins of our ancestors.
    Have mercy on us now;
    we have lost all hope.
Help us, O God, and save us;
    rescue us and forgive our sins
    for the sake of your own honor.
10 Why should the nations ask us,
    “Where is your God?”
Let us see you punish the nations
    for shedding the blood of your servants.

11 Listen to the groans of the prisoners,
    and by your great power free those who are condemned to die.
12 Lord, pay the other nations back seven times
    for all the insults they have hurled at you.
13 Then we, your people, the sheep of your flock,
    will thank you forever
    and praise you for all time to come.


  1. Psalm 79:1 HEBREW TITLE: A psalm by Asaph.
Good News Translation (GNT)

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Psalm 79 New International Version (NIV)

Psalm 79

A psalm of Asaph.

O God, the nations have invaded your inheritance;
    they have defiled your holy temple,
    they have reduced Jerusalem to rubble.
They have left the dead bodies of your servants
    as food for the birds of the sky,
    the flesh of your own people for the animals of the wild.
They have poured out blood like water
    all around Jerusalem,
    and there is no one to bury the dead.
We are objects of contempt to our neighbors,
    of scorn and derision to those around us.

How long, Lord? Will you be angry forever?
    How long will your jealousy burn like fire?
Pour out your wrath on the nations
    that do not acknowledge you,
on the kingdoms
    that do not call on your name;
for they have devoured Jacob
    and devastated his homeland.

Do not hold against us the sins of past generations;
    may your mercy come quickly to meet us,
    for we are in desperate need.
Help us, God our Savior,
    for the glory of your name;
deliver us and forgive our sins
    for your name’s sake.
10 Why should the nations say,
    “Where is their God?”

Before our eyes, make known among the nations
    that you avenge the outpoured blood of your servants.
11 May the groans of the prisoners come before you;
    with your strong arm preserve those condemned to die.
12 Pay back into the laps of our neighbors seven times
    the contempt they have hurled at you, Lord.
13 Then we your people, the sheep of your pasture,
    will praise you forever;
from generation to generation
    we will proclaim your praise.

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