Psalm 74

An Appeal against the Devastation of the Land by the Enemy.

A [a]Maskil of Asaph.

74 God, why have You rejected us forever?
Why does Your anger smoke against the sheep of Your [b]pasture?
Remember Your congregation, which You purchased of old,
Which You have redeemed to be the tribe of Your inheritance;
And this Mount Zion, where You have dwelt.
[c]Step toward the [d]irreparable ruins;
The enemy has damaged everything in the sanctuary.
Your adversaries have roared in the midst of Your meeting place;
They have set up their own signs as signs.
It [e]seems like one bringing up
His axe into a [f]forest of trees.
And now they break down [g]all its carved work
With axe and hammers.
They have [h]burned Your sanctuary [i]to the ground;
They have defiled the dwelling place of Your name.
They said in their heart, “Let’s [j]completely [k]subdue them.”
They have burned all the meeting places of God in the land.
We do not see our signs;
There is no longer any prophet,
Nor is there anyone among us who knows how long.
10 How long, God, will the enemy taunt You?
Shall the enemy treat Your name disrespectfully forever?
11 Why do You withdraw Your hand, even Your right hand?
Extend it from Your chest and destroy them!

12 Yet God is my King from long ago,
Who performs acts of salvation in the midst of the earth.
13 [l]You divided the sea by Your strength;
[m]You broke the heads of the sea monsters [n]in the waters.
14 [o]You crushed the heads of [p]Leviathan;
You gave him as food for the [q]creatures of the wilderness.
15 [r]You broke open springs and torrents;
[s]You dried up ever-flowing streams.
16 Yours is the day, Yours also is the night;
[t]You have prepared the [u]light and the sun.
17 [v]You have established all the boundaries of the earth;
[w]You have [x]created summer and winter.

18 Remember this, [y]Lord, that the enemy has taunted You,
And a foolish people has treated Your name disrespectfully.
19 Do not give the soul of Your turtledove to the wild animal;
Do not forget the life of Your afflicted forever.
20 Consider the covenant;
For the dark places of the land are full of the places of violence.
21 May the oppressed person not return dishonored;
May the afflicted and the needy praise Your name.

22 Arise, God, and plead Your own cause;
Remember [z]how the foolish person taunts You all day long.
23 Do not forget the voice of Your adversaries,
The uproar of those who rise against You, which ascends continually.


  1. Psalm 74 Title Possibly, Contemplative; or Didactic; or Skillful Psalm
  2. Psalm 74:1 Or pasturing
  3. Psalm 74:3 Lit Lift Your footsteps
  4. Psalm 74:3 Lit ruins ruined for all time
  5. Psalm 74:5 Lit is known as
  6. Psalm 74:5 Lit thicket
  7. Psalm 74:6 Lit altogether
  8. Psalm 74:7 Lit set on fire
  9. Psalm 74:7 Or To the ground they...
  10. Psalm 74:8 Lit altogether
  11. Psalm 74:8 Or oppress
  12. Psalm 74:13 Or You Yourself
  13. Psalm 74:13 Or You Yourself
  14. Psalm 74:13 Lit on
  15. Psalm 74:14 Or You Yourself
  16. Psalm 74:14 Or sea monster
  17. Psalm 74:14 Lit people
  18. Psalm 74:15 Or You Yourself
  19. Psalm 74:15 Or You Yourself
  20. Psalm 74:16 Or You Yourself
  21. Psalm 74:16 Or luminary
  22. Psalm 74:17 Or You Yourself
  23. Psalm 74:17 Or You Yourself
  24. Psalm 74:17 Or formed
  25. Psalm 74:18 Or that the enemy has taunted the Lord
  26. Psalm 74:22 Lit Your reproach from the foolish man