“Your foes have roared
Within your holy place.
They set up their emblems there.
At the upper entrance
They hacked the wooden trellis with axes.
Then they smashed all its carved work
With hatchets and hammers.
They set your sanctuary on fire.
They desecrated the dwelling place of your name.
They said to themselves.
‘We will utterly subdue them.’
All the meeting places of God
In the land.”
Asaph then presented a detailed description of the destruction that took place. The enemies of God roared in God’s holy place. They set up their own emblems within the Temple. At the entrance to the Temple they hacked down the wooden trellis with axes. They smashed all the carved works with hatchets and hammers. Then they set the sanctuary on fire. They manually smashed and hacked away until they set it ablaze. They said to themselves that they had subdued the Israelites because they had burned their Temple and all the other meeting places of God. This might be later since originally there was only one Temple.