1: (An instruction: of Asaph.) Why, O God, hast thou cast off for ever? [why] doth thine anger smoke against the sheep of thy pasture? 2: Remember thine assembly, which thou hast purchased of old, which thou hast redeemed [to be] the portion of thine inheritance, this mount Zion, wherein thou hast dwelt. 3: Lift up thy steps unto the perpetual desolations: everything in the sanctuary hath the enemy destroyed. 4: Thine adversaries roar in the midst of thy place of assembly; they set up their signs [for] signs. 5: [A man] was known as he could lift up axes in the thicket of trees; 6: And now they break down its carved work altogether, with hatchets and hammers. 7: They have set on fire thy sanctuary, they have profaned the habitation of thy name to the ground. 8: They said in their heart, Let us destroy them together: they have burned up all God's places of assembly in the land. 9: We see not our signs; there is no more any prophet, neither is there among us any that knoweth how long. 10: How long, O God, shall the adversary reproach? Shall the enemy contemn thy name for ever? 11: Why withdrawest thou thy hand, and thy right hand? [pluck it] out of thy bosom: consume [them]. 12: But God is my king of old, accomplishing deliverances in the midst of the earth. 13: Thou didst divide the sea by thy strength; thou didst break the heads of the monsters on the waters: 14: Thou didst break in pieces the heads of leviathan, thou gavest him to be meat to those that people the desert. 15: Thou didst cleave fountain and torrent, thou driedst up ever-flowing rivers. 16: The day is thine, the night also is thine; thou hast prepared the moon and the sun: 17: Thou hast set all the borders of the earth; summer and winter -- thou didst form them. 18: Remember this, that an enemy hath reproached Jehovah, and a foolish people have contemned thy name. 19: Give not up the soul of thy turtle-dove unto the wild beast; forget not the troop of thine afflicted for ever. 20: Have respect unto the covenant; for the dark places of the earth are full of the dwellings of violence. 21: Oh let not the oppressed one return ashamed; let the afflicted and needy praise thy name. 22: Rise up, O God, plead thine own cause: remember how the foolish man reproacheth thee all the day; 23: Forget not the voice of thine adversaries: the tumult of those that rise up against thee ascendeth continually.