Psalm 85 Bible in Basic English

A Prayer for God's Mercy on Israel

85 1  Lord, you were good to your land: changing the fate of Jacob. 2  The wrongdoing of your people had forgiveness; all their sin had been covered. (Selah.) 3  You were no longer angry: you were turned from the heat of your wrath. 4  Come back to us, O God of our salvation, and be angry with us no longer. 5  Will you go on being angry with us for ever? will you keep your wrath against us through all the long generations? 6  Will you not give us life again, so that your people may be glad in you? 7  Let us see your mercy, O Lord, and give us your salvation.

8  I will give ear to the voice of the Lord; for he will say words of peace to his people and to his saints; but let them not go back to their foolish ways. 9  Truly, his salvation is near to his worshippers; so that glory may be in our land. 10  Mercy and faith have come together; righteousness and peace have given one another a kiss. 11  Faith comes up from the earth like a plant; righteousness is looking down from heaven. 12  The Lord will give what is good; and our land will give its increase. 13  Righteousness will go before him, making a way for his footsteps.

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