1: Maschil of Asaph. O God, why hast thou cast [us] off for ever? [why] doth thy anger smoke against the sheep of thy pasture? 2: Remember thy congregation, [which] thou hast purchased of old: the rod of thy inheritance, [which] thou hast redeemed; this mount Zion, in which thou hast dwelt. 3: Lift up thy feet to the perpetual desolations; [even] all [that] the enemy hath done wickedly in the sanctuary. 4: Thy enemies roar in the midst of thy congregations; they set up their ensigns [for] signs. 5: [A man] was famous according as he had lifted up axes upon the thick trees. 6: But now they break down the carved work of it at once with axes and hammers. 7: They have cast fire into thy sanctuary, they have defiled [by casting down] the dwelling-place of thy name to the ground. 8: They said in their hearts, Let us destroy them together: they have burned up all the synagogues of God 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: O God, how long shall the adversary reproach? shall the enemy blaspheme thy name for ever? 11: Why withdrawest thou thy hand, even thy right hand? pluck [it] out of thy bosom. 12: For God [is] my King of old, working salvation in the midst of the earth. 13: Thou didst divide the sea by thy strength: thou didst break the heads of the dragons in the waters. 14: Thou didst break the head of leviathan in pieces, [and] didst give him [to be] food to the people inhabiting the wilderness. 15: Thou didst cleave the fountain and the flood: thou didst dry up mighty rivers. 16: The day [is] thine, the night also [is] thine: thou hast prepared the light and the sun. 17: Thou hast set all the borders of the earth: thou hast made summer and winter. 18: Remember this, the enemy hath reproached, O LORD, and the foolish people have blasphemed thy name. 19: O deliver not the soul of thy turtle dove to the multitude [of the wicked]: forget not the congregation of thy poor for ever. 20: Have respect to the covenant: for the dark places of the earth are full of the habitations of cruelty. 21: O let not the oppressed return ashamed: let the poor and needy praise thy name. 22: Arise, O God, plead thy own cause: remember how the foolish man reproacheth thee daily. 23: Forget not the voice of thy enemies: the tumult of those that rise against thee increaseth continually.