[A Maskil of Asaph.] Why have You rejected [us] forever, God? Why does Your anger burn against the sheep of Your pasture?
Has God forgotten to be gracious? Has He in anger withheld His compassion?" Selah
How long, LORD? Will You be angry forever? Will Your jealousy keep burning like fire?
LORD God of Hosts, how long will You be angry with Your people's prayers?
How long, LORD? Will You hide Yourself forever? Will Your anger keep burning like fire?
LORD, do not be terribly angry or remember [our] iniquity forever. Please look-- all of us are Your people!
Your holy cities have become a wilderness; Zion has become a wilderness, Jerusalem a desolation.
Our holy and beautiful temple, where our fathers praised You, has been burned with fire, and all that was dear to us lies in ruins.
LORD, after all this, will You restrain Yourself? Will You keep silent and afflict severely?
Who is a God like You, removing iniquity and passing over rebellion for the remnant of His inheritance? He does not hold on to His anger forever, because He delights in faithful love.
They will fall by the edge of the sword and be led captive into all the nations, and Jerusalem will be trampled by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.
Then a mighty angel picked up a stone like a large millstone and threw it into the sea, saying: In this way, Babylon the great city will be thrown down violently and never be found again.
The sound of harpists, musicians, flutists, and trumpeters will never be heard in you again; no craftsman of any trade will ever be found in you again; the sound of a mill will never be heard in you again;
the light of a lamp will never shine in you again; and the voice of a groom and bride will never be heard in you again. [All this will happen] because your merchants were the nobility of the earth, because all the nations were deceived by your sorcery,