1 Understanding to Asaph. Wherefore, O God, didst thou reject forever? will thine anger smoke against the sheep of thy feeding? 2 Remember thine assembly thou didst purchase of old; thou didst redeem the rod of thine inheritance; this mount Zion thou didst dwell in it 3 Lift up thy steps to desolations forever; all the evil of the enemy in the holy place. 4 Thine enemies roared in the midst of thine appointment; they set their signs, signs. 5 It will be known according to bringing the axes upwards upon the thicket of wood. 6 And now with axes and hammers they will beat her engravings. 7 They cast thy holy place into fire, to the earth they defiled the tent of thy name. 8 They said in their heart, We will rage against them together: they burnt up all the appointments of God in the earth. 9 We saw not our signs, no more a prophet: and not with us will it be known how long. 10 How long, O God, shall the enemy reproach? Shall the enemy despise thy name forever? 11 Wherefore wilt thou turn back thy hand, and thy right hand? from the midst of thy bosom completely.
12 And God my king of old working salvations in the midst of the earth. 13 Thou didst cleave the sea in thy strength: thou didst break the heads of the dragons upon the waters. 14 Thou didst break the heads of the sea monster, thou wilt give him for food to the people, to the inhabitants of the desert 15 Thou didst cleave asunder the fountain and the torrent: thou driedst up the rivers of strength. 16 To thee the day, also to thee the night: thou didst prepare the light and the sun. 17 Thou didst set all the bounds of the earth: summer and autumn thou didst form them.
18 Remember this, the enemy reproached Jehovah, and the foolish people despised thy name. 19 Thou wilt not give the soul of thy turtle-dove to the beast: the life of thy poor thou wilt not forget forever. 20 Look to thy covenant: for the dark places of the earth were filled with habitations of violence. 21 The poor one shall not turn back ashamed: the humble and the needy shall praise thy name. 22 Arise, O God, contend thy contention: remember thy reproach from the foolish all the day. 23 Thou wilt not forget the voice of thine adversaries: the pride of them rising up against thee going up always