Psalm 79

From Scottish Metrical Psalms 1650

Meter: 8,6,8,6

1    O God, the heathen enter'd have
       thine heritage; by them
     Defiled is thy house: on heaps
       they laid Jerusalem.
2    The bodies of thy servants they
       have cast forth to be meat
     To rav'nous fowls; thy dear saints' flesh
       they gave to beasts to eat.

3    Their blood about Jerusalem
       like water they have shed;
     And there was none to bury them
       when they were slain and dead.
4    Unto our neighbours a reproach
       most base become are we;
     A scorn and laughingstock to them
       that round about us be.

5    How long, Lord, shall thine anger last?
       wilt thou still keep the same?
     And shall thy fervent jealousy
       burn like unto a flame?
6    On heathen pour thy fury forth,
       that have thee never known,
     And on those kingdoms which thy name
       have never call'd upon.

7    For these are they who Jacob have
       devoured cruelly;
     And they his habitation
       have caused waste to lie.
8    Against us mind not former sins;
       thy tender mercies show;
     Let them prevent us speedily,
       for we're brought very low.

9    For thy name's glory help us, Lord,
       who hast our Saviour been:
     Deliver us; for thy name's sake,
       O purge away our sin.
10   Why say the heathen, Where's their God?
       let him to them be known;
     When those who shed thy servants' blood
       are in our sight o'erthrown.

11   O let the pris'ner's sighs ascend
       before thy sight on high;
     Preserve those in thy mighty pow'r
       that are design'd to die.
12   And to our neighbours' bosom cause
       it sev'n-fold render'd be,
     Ev'n the reproach wherewith they have,
       O Lord, reproached thee.

13   So we thy folk, and pasture-sheep,
       shall give thee thanks always;
     And unto generations all
       we will shew forth thy praise.

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