1 Maschil of Asaph. O God, why have you cast [us] off forever? Why does your anger smoke against the sheep of your pasture?

2 Remember your congregation, which you have gotten of old, Which you have redeemed to be the tribe of your inheritance; [And] mount Zion, in which you have stayed.

3 Lift up your feet to the perpetual ruins, All the evil that the enemy has done in the sanctuary.

4 Your adversaries have roared in the midst of your assembly; They have set up their ensigns for signs.

5 They seemed as men who lifted up Axes on a thicket of trees.

6 And now all its carved work They break down with hatchet and hammers.

7 They have set your sanctuary on fire; They have profaned the dwelling-place of your name [by casting it] to the ground.

8 They said in their heart, Let us make havoc of them altogether: They have burned up all the synagogues of God in the land.

9 We don't see our signs: There is no more any prophet; Neither is there among us any who knows how long.

10 How long, O God, will the adversary reproach? Will the enemy blaspheme your name forever?

11 Why do you draw back your hand, even your right hand? [Pluck it] out of your bosom [and] consume [them].

12 Yet God is my King of old, Working salvation in the midst of the earth.

13 You divided the sea by your strength: You broke the heads of the sea-monsters in the waters.

14 You broke the heads of leviathan in pieces; You gave him to be food to the people inhabiting the wilderness.

15 You split fountain and flood: You dried up mighty rivers.

16 The day is yours, the night also is yours: You have prepared the light and the sun.

17 You have set all the borders of the earth: You have made summer and winter.

18 Remember this, that the enemy has reproached, O Yahweh, And that a foolish people has blasphemed your name.

19 Oh don't deliver the soul of your turtledove to the wild beast: Don't forget the life of your poor forever.

20 Have respect to the covenant; For the dark places of the earth are full of the habitations of violence.

21 Oh don't let the oppressed return ashamed: Let the poor and needy praise your name.

22 Arise, O God, plead your own cause: Remember how the foolish man reproaches you all the day.

23 Do not forget the voice of your adversaries: The tumult of those who rise up against you ascends continually.