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79:1 O God, the heathen are come into thine inheritance; thy holy temple have they defiled; they have laid Jerusalem on heaps.
79:2 The dead bodies of thy servants have they given to be meat unto the fowls of the heaven, the flesh of thy saints unto the beasts of the earth.
79:3 Their blood have they shed like water round about Jerusalem; and there was none to bury them.
79:4 We are become a reproach to our neighbours, a scorn and derision to them that are round about us.
79:5 How long, LORD? wilt thou be angry for ever? shall thy jealousy burn like fire?
79:6 Pour out thy wrath upon the heathen that have not known thee, and upon the kingdoms that have not called upon thy name.
79:7 For they have devoured Jacob, and laid waste his dwelling place.
79:8 O remember not against us former iniquities: let thy tender mercies speedily prevent us: for we are brought very low.
79:9 Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of thy name: and deliver us, and purge away our sins, for thy name's sake.
79:10 Wherefore should the heathen say, Where is their God? let him be known among the heathen in our sight by the revenging of the blood of thy servants which is shed.
79:11 Let the sighing of the prisoner come before thee; according to the greatness of thy power preserve thou those that are appointed to die;
79:12 And render unto our neighbours sevenfold into their bosom their reproach, wherewith they have reproached thee, O Lord.
79:13 So we thy people and sheep of thy pasture will give thee thanks for ever: we will shew forth thy praise to all generations.

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Everything King James Bible:Psalms
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Whole Bible
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Book: Psalms
Chapter: 79

The deplorable condition of the people of God. (1-5) A
petition for relief. (6-13)

1-5 God is complained to: whither should children go but to a
Father able and willing to help them? See what a change Sin made
in the holy City, when the Heathen were suffered to pour in upon
them. God's own people defiled it By their sins, therefore he
suffered their enemies to defile it By their insolence. They
desired that God would be reconciled. Those who desire God's
favour as better than Life, cannot but dread his wrath as worse
than Death. In every affliction we should first beseech the Lord
to cleanse away the guilt of our sins; then he will visit us
with his tender mercies.

6-13 Those who persist in ignorance of God, and neglect of
Prayer, are the ungodly. How unrighteous soever men were, the
Lord was righteous in permitting them to do what they did.
Deliverances from trouble are mercies indeed, when grounded upon
the Pardon of Sin; we should therefore be more Earnest in Prayer
for the removal of our sins than for the removal of Afflictions.
They had No hopes but from God's mercies, his tender mercies.
They plead No merit, they pretend to none, but, Help us for the
Glory of thy name; Pardon us for thy name's sake. The Christian
forgets not that he is often bound in the Chain of his sins. The
world to him is a Prison; sentence of Death is passed upon him,
and he knows not how soon it may be executed. How fervently
should he at all times pray, O let the sighing of a prisoner
come before thee, according to the greatness of thy power
preserve thou those that are appointed to die! How glorious will
the Day be, when, triumphant over Sin and sorrow, the Church
beholds the Adversary disarmed for ever! while that Church
shall, from Age to Age, sing the praises of her great Shepherd
and Bishop, her King and her God.

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