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The Catholic Study Bible A special version of the New American Bible, with a wealth of background information useful to Catholics.

Chapter 79

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A Prayer for Jerusalem

1A psalm of Asaph.

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O God, the nations have invaded your heritage; they have defiled your holy temple, have laid Jerusalem in ruins. l 2 Kgs 25, 9–10; LAm 1, 10 . 2They have left the corpses of your servants as food for the birds of the heavens, the flesh of your faithful for the beasts of the earth. m Jer 7, 33 . 3They have spilled their blood like water all around Jerusalem, and no one is left to bury them. n 1 Mc 7, 17; Jer 14, 16 . 4We have become the reproach of our neighbors, the scorn and derision of those around us. o Pss 44, 14; 80, 7; 123, 3–4; Jb 12, 4; Dn 9, 16; Zep 2, 8 .

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5How long, LORD? Will you be angry forever? Will your rage keep burning like fire? p Pss 13, 2; 44, 24; 89, 47; Dt 4, 24 . 6Pour out your wrath on nations that reject you, on kingdoms that do not call on your name, q Ps 14, 4; Jer 10, 25 . 7For they have devoured Jacob, laid waste his home. 8Do not hold past iniquities against us; may your compassion come quickly, for we have been brought very low. r Ps 142, 7 .

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9Help us, God our savior, for the glory of your name. Deliver us, pardon our sins for your name's sake. s Ez 20, 44; 36, 22 . 10Why should the nations say, “Where is their God?” t Pss 42, 4; 115, 2; Jl 2, 17 . Before our eyes make clear to the nations that you avenge the blood of your servants. u Jl 4, 21 .

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11Let the groans of prisoners come before you; by your great power free those doomed to death. v Ps 102, 21 . 12Lord, inflict on our neighbors sevenfold the disgrace they inflicted on you. w Ps 89, 51–52 . 13Then we, your people, the sheep of your pasture, will give thanks to you forever; through all ages we will declare your praise.

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