O God, the nations have come into your inheritance; *
they have defiled your holy temple, and made Jerusalem a heap of stones.
The dead bodies of your servants have they given to be meat for the birds of the air, *
and the flesh of your saints to the beasts of the land.
Their blood have they shed like water on every side of Jerusalem, *
and there was no one to bury them.
We have become a reproach to our enemies, *
an object of scorn and derision to those who are round about us.
O Lord, how long will you be angry? *
Shall your jealousy burn like fire for ever?
Pour out your indignation upon the nations that have not known you, *
and upon the kingdoms that have not called upon your Name.
For they have devoured Jacob *
and laid waste his dwelling place.
O remember not our past sins, but have mercy on us speedily, *
for we have come to great misery.
Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of your Name; *
O deliver us and forgive our sins for your Name’s sake.
Why do the nations say, *
“Where now is their God?”
O let the vengeance of your servants’ blood that is shed *
be known in our sight among the nations.
O let the sorrowful sighing of the prisoners come before you; *
according to the greatness of your power, preserve those who are condemned to die.
As for the blasphemy by which our neighbors have blasphemed you, *
repay them, O Lord, seven-fold into their bosoms.
So we, who are your people and the sheep of your pasture, shall give you thanks for ever, *
and will always be showing forth your praise from generation to generation.
God stands in the council of princes; *
he is a Judge among gods.
“How long will you give wrong judgment *
and accept the ungodly?
Defend the poor and fatherless; *
see that those who are in need and necessity have what is right.
Deliver the outcast and poor; *
save them from the hand of the ungodly.”
They will not learn nor understand, but walk about in darkness; *
all the foundations of the earth are shaken.
I have said, “You are gods, *
and you are all the children of the Most High;
But you shall die like mortals, *
and fall like one of the princes.”
Arise, O God, and judge the earth, *
for you shall take all nations for your inheritance.