The Daily Office

according to the Book of Common Prayer, 2019
Anglican Church in North America


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Psalm 74

Ut quid, Deus?

1 O God, why have you utterly cast us off?*

Why is your wrath so hot against the sheep of your pasture?

2 O think upon your congregation*

whom you have purchased and redeemed of old.

3 Think upon the tribe of your inheritance,*

and Mount Zion, where you have dwelt.

4 Draw near and behold how all is made desolate*

and how the enemy has destroyed all that is in your sanctuary.

5 Your adversaries roar in the midst of your holy place*

and set up their banners as tokens of victory.

6 Like hewers of timber in a thicket of trees,*

so have they broken down all the carved work with axes and hammers.

7 They have set fire to your holy place*

and have defiled the dwelling place of your Name, even to the ground.

8 They said in their hearts, "Let us make havoc of them altogether."*

Thus have they burnt up all the houses of God in the land.

9 We do not see any signs; there is not one prophet anymore;*

there is no one who knows how long these things shall continue.

10 O God, how long shall the adversary do this dishonor?*

How long shall the enemy blaspheme your Name, for ever?

11 Why do you withdraw your hand?*

Why do you not take your right hand out of your bosom to consume the enemy?

12 For God is my King of old;*

he is the one bringing help upon the earth.

13 You divided the sea through your power;*

you broke the heads of the dragons in the waters.

14 You smote the heads of Leviathan in pieces*

and gave him to be food for the people in the wilderness.

15 You brought fountains and waters out of the hard rocks,*

and you dried up mighty waters.

16 The day is yours, and the night 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, O Lord, how the enemy scoffed,*

and how the foolish people have blasphemed your Name.

19 Deliver not the soul of your turtledove to the wild beasts,*

and forget not for ever the lives of your poor.

20 Look upon your covenant,*

for the dark places of the earth are full of violence.

21 Let not the oppressed go away ashamed,*

but let the poor and needy give praise to your Name.

22 Arise, O God, maintain your own cause;*

remember how the foolish one blasphemes you daily.

23 Forget not the voice of your enemies,*

nor the tumult of those who hate you, which increases ever more and more.

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