Maschil of Asaph.
O God, why hast thou cast us off for ever? why doth thine anger smoke
against the sheep of thy pasture?||
Remember thy congregation, which thou hast purchased of old; the rod of
thine inheritance, which thou hast redeemed; this mount Zion, wherein thou
Lift up thy feet unto the perpetual desolations; even all that the enemy
hath done wickedly in the sanctuary.||
Thine enemies roar in the midst of thy congregations; they set up their
ensigns for signs.||
A man was famous according as he had lifted up axes upon the thick trees.||
But now they break down the carved work thereof at once with axes and
They have cast fire into thy sanctuary, they have defiled by casting down
the dwelling place of thy name to the ground.||
They said in their hearts, Let us destroy them together: they have burned
up all the synagogues of God in the land.||
We see not our signs: there is no more any prophet: neither is there among
us any that knoweth how long.||
O God, how long shall the adversary reproach? shall the enemy blaspheme
thy name for ever?||
Why withdrawest thou thy hand, even thy right hand? pluck it out of thy
For God is my King of old, working salvation in the midst of the earth.||
Thou didst divide the sea by thy strength: thou brakest the heads of the
dragons in the waters.||
"Thou brakest the heads of the
dragons ... Thou brakest the heads of leviathan."
God is so strong that he broke the heads of Leviathan and the sea dragon.
(74:17) "Thou has set all the borders of the earth."
A spherical earth has no borders.
|74:14 Thou brakest the heads of leviathan in pieces, and gavest him to be meat
to the people inhabiting the wilderness.
Thou didst cleave the fountain and the flood: thou driedst up mighty rivers.
The day is thine, the night also is thine: thou hast prepared the light
and the sun.
Thou hast set all the borders of the earth: thou hast made summer and
The Destruction of Leviathan|
(Gustave Dore, 1865)
Remember this, that the enemy hath reproached, O LORD, and that the
foolish people have blasphemed thy name.
O deliver not the soul of thy turtledove unto the multitude of the wicked:
forget not the congregation of thy poor for ever.
Have respect unto the covenant: for the dark places of the earth are full
of the habitations of cruelty.||
"You have broken the heads of the dragon"|
(Unknown, 12th Century)
O let not the oppressed return ashamed: let the poor and needy praise thy
Arise, O God, plead thine own cause: remember how the foolish man
reproacheth thee daily.
Forget not the voice of thine enemies: the tumult of those that rise up
against thee increaseth continually.