¶ An instruction of AsaphO God, wherefore doest thou cast us so clean away? Why is thy wrath so hot against the sheep of thy pasture? O think upon thy congregation, whom thou hast purchased from the beginning: the staff of thine inheritance, whom thou hast redeemed, even this hill of Sion wherein thou dwellest. Tread upon them with thy feet, and cast them down to the ground, for the enemy hath destroyed alltogether in the Sanctuary. Thine adversaries roar in thy houses, and set up their banners for tokens. Men may see the axes glister above, like as those that hewn in the wood. They cut down all the ceiling work of the Sanctuary with bills and axes. They have set fire upon the Sanctuary, they have defiled the dwelling place of thy name, even to the ground. Yea they say in their hearts: Let us spoil them all together, thus have they brent up all the houses of God in the land. We see our tokens no more, there is not one Prophet more, no not one that understandeth anymore. Oh God, how long shall the adversary do this dishonour? How long shall the enemy blaspheme thy name? for ever? Why withdrawest thou thy hand? Why pluckest thou not thy right hand out of thy bosom, to consume thy enemies?
¶ But God is my King of old, the help that is done upon earth, he doth it himself. Thou dividest the sea thorow thy power, thou breakest the heads of the dragons in the waters. Thou smitest the heads of Leviathan in pieces, and givest him to be meat for the people in the wilderness. Thou diggest up wells and brooks, thou driest up mighty rivers. The day is thine, the night is thine: thou hast prepared the lights and the sun. Thou hast set all the borders of the earth, thou hast made both summer and winter.
¶ Remember this, O LORD, how the enemy rebuketh, and how the foolish people blaspheme thy name. O deliver not the soul of thy turtle dove unto the beasts, and forget not the congregation of the poor for ever. Look upon the covenant, for the dark houses of the earth are full of wickedness. O let not the simple go away ashamed: for the poor and needy give praises unto thy name. Arise, O God, and maintain thine own cause, remember how the foolish man blasphemeth thee daily. Forget not the voice of thine enemies, for the presumption of them that hate thee, increaseth ever more and more.