73:13 Only — a vain thing! I have purified my heart, And I wash in innocency my hands,
73:14 And I am plagued all the day, And my reproof [is] every morning.
73:15 If I have said, `I recount thus,’ Lo, a generation of Thy sons I have deceived.
73:16 And I think to know this, Perverseness it [is] in mine eyes,
73:17 Till I come in to the sanctuaries of God, I attend to their latter end.
73:18 Only, in slippery places Thou dost set them, Thou hast caused them to fall to desolations.
73:19 How have they become a desolation as in a moment, They have been ended — consumed from terrors.
73:20 As a dream from awakening, O Lord, In awaking, their image Thou despisest.
73:21 For my heart doth show itself violent, And my reins prick themselves,
73:22 And I am brutish, and do not know. A beast I have been with Thee.
73:23 And I [am] continually with Thee, Thou hast laid hold on my right hand.
73:24 With Thy counsel Thou dost lead me, And after honour dost receive me.
73:25 Whom have I in the heavens? And with Thee none I have desired in earth.
73:26 Consumed hath been my flesh and my heart, The rock of my heart and my portion [is] God to the age.
73:27 For, lo, those far from Thee do perish, Thou hast cut off every one, Who is going a whoring from Thee.
73:28 And I — nearness of God to me [is] good, I have placed in the Lord Jehovah my refuge, To recount all Thy works!
74:1 An Instruction of Asaph. Why, O God, hast Thou cast off for ever? Thine anger smoketh against the flock of Thy pasture.
74:2 Remember Thy company. Thou didst purchase of old, Thou didst redeem the rod of Thy inheritance, This mount Zion — Thou didst dwell in it.
74:3 Lift up Thy steps to the perpetual desolations, Everything the enemy did wickedly in the sanctuary.
74:4 Roared have thine adversaries, In the midst of Thy meeting-places, They have set their ensigns as ensigns.
74:5 He is known as one bringing in on high Against a thicket of wood — axes.
74:6 And now, its carvings together With axe and hatchet they break down,
74:7 They have sent into fire Thy sanctuary, to the earth they polluted the tabernacle of Thy name,
74:8 They said in their hearts, `Let us oppress them together,’ They did burn all the meeting-places of God in the land.
74:9 Our ensigns we have not seen, There is no more a prophet, Nor with us is one knowing how long.
74:10 Till when, O God, doth an adversary reproach? Doth an enemy despise thy name for ever?
74:11 Why dost Thou turn back Thy hand, Even Thy right hand? From the midst of Thy bosom remove [it].