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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