Psalm 80-85 Bible in Basic English

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A Prayer for Restoration

80 1  Give ear, O Keeper of Israel, guiding Joseph like a flock; you who have your seat on the winged ones, let your glory be seen. 2  Before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh, let your strength be awake from sleep, and come as our salvation. 3  Take us back again, O God; let us see the shining of your face, and let us be safe. 4  O Lord God of armies, how long will your wrath be burning against the rest of your people? 5  You have given them the bread of weeping for food; for their drink you have given them sorrow in great measure. 6  You make us a cause of war among our neighbours; our haters are laughing at us among themselves. 7  Take us back again, O God of armies; let us see the shining of your face, and let us be safe.

8  You took a vine out of Egypt: driving out the nations, and planting it in their land. 9  You made ready a place for it, so that it might take deep root, and it sent out its branches over all the land. 10  The mountains were covered with its shade, and the great trees with its branches. 11  It sent out its arms to the Sea, and its branches to the River. 12  Why are its walls broken down by your hands, so that all who go by may take its fruit? 13  It is uprooted by the pigs from the woods, the beasts of the field get their food from it. 14  Come back, O God of armies: from heaven let your eyes be turned to this vine, and give your mind to it, 15  Even to the tree which was planted by your right hand, and to the branch which you made strong for yourself. 16  It is burned with fire; it is cut down: they are made waste by the wrath of your face. 17  Let your hand be on the man of your right hand, on the son of man whom you made strong for yourself. 18  So will we not be turned back from you; keep us in life, and we will give praise to your name. 19  Take us back, O Lord God of armies; let us see the shining of your face, and let us be safe.

God's Goodness and Israel's Waywardness

81 1  Make a song to God our strength: make a glad cry to the God of Jacob. 2  Take up the melody, playing on an instrument of music, even on corded instruments. 3  Let the horn be sounded in the time of the new moon, at the full moon, on our holy feast-day: 4  For this is a rule for Israel, and a law of the God of Jacob. 5  He gave it to Joseph as a witness, when he went out over the land of Egypt; then the words of a strange tongue were sounding in my ears. 6  I took the weight from his back; his hands were made free from the baskets. 7  You gave a cry in your trouble, and I made you free; I gave you an answer in the secret place of the thunder; I put you to the test at the waters of Meribah. (Selah.)

8  Give ear, O my people, and I will give you my word, O Israel, if you will only do as I say! 9  There is to be no strange god among you; you are not to give worship to any other god. 10  I am the Lord your God, who took you up from the land of Egypt: let your mouth be open wide, so that I may give you food. 11  But my people did not give ear to my voice; Israel would have nothing to do with me. 12  So I gave them up to the desires of their hearts; that they might go after their evil purposes. 13  If only my people would give ear to me, walking in my ways! 14  I would quickly overcome their haters: my hand would be turned against those who make war on them. 15  The haters of the Lord would be broken, and their destruction would be eternal. 16  I would give them the best grain for food; you would be full of honey from the rock.

A Rebuke of Unjust Judgments

82 1  God is in the meeting-place of God; he is judging among the gods. 2  How long will you go on judging falsely, having respect for the persons of evil-doers? (Selah.) 3  Give ear to the cause of the poor and the children without fathers; let those who are troubled and in need have their rights. 4  Be the saviour of the poor and those who have nothing: take them out of the hand of the evil-doers. 5  They have no knowledge or sense; they go about in the dark: all the bases of the earth are moved.

6  I said, You are gods; all of you are the sons of the Most High: 7  But you will come to death like men, falling like one of the rulers of the earth. 8  Up! O God, come as judge of the earth; for all the nations are your heritage.

A Prayer for the Destruction of Israel's Enemies

83 1  O God, do not keep quiet: let your lips be open and take no rest, O God. 2  For see! those who make war on you are out of control; your haters are lifting up their heads. 3  They have made wise designs against your people, talking together against those whom you keep in a secret place. 4  They have said, Come, let us put an end to them as a nation; so that the name of Israel may go out of man's memory. 5  For they have all come to an agreement; they are all joined together against you: 6  The tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites; Moab and the Hagarites; 7  Gebal and Ammon and Amalek; the Philistines and the people of Tyre; 8  Assur is joined with them; they have become the support of the children of Lot. (Selah.)

9  Do to them what you did to the Midianites; what you did to Sisera and Jabin, at the stream of Kishon: 10  Who came to destruction at En-dor; their bodies became dust and waste. 11  Make their chiefs like Oreb and Zeeb; and all their rulers like Zebah and Zalmunna: 12  Who have said, Let us take for our heritage the resting-place of God. 13  O my God, make them like the rolling dust; like dry stems before the wind. 14  As fire burning a wood, and as a flame causing fire on the mountains, 15  So go after them with your strong wind, and let them be full of fear because of your storm. 16  Let their faces be full of shame; so that they may give honour to your name, O Lord. 17  Let them be overcome and troubled for ever; let them be put to shame and come to destruction; 18  So that men may see that you only, whose name is Yahweh, are Most High over all the earth.

Longing for God's House

84 1  How dear are your tents, O Lord of armies! 2  The passion of my soul's desire is for the house of the Lord; my heart and my flesh are crying out for the living God. 3  The little birds have places for themselves, where they may put their young, even your altars, O Lord of armies, my King and my God. 4  Happy are they whose resting-place is in your house: they will still be praising you. (Selah.) 5  Happy is the man whose strength is in you; in whose heart are the highways to Zion. 6  Going through the valley of balsam-trees, they make it a place of springs; it is clothed with blessings by the early rain. 7  They go from strength to strength; every one of them comes before God in Zion.

8  O Lord God of armies, let my prayer come to you: give ear, O God of Jacob. (Selah.) 9  O God, let your eyes be on him who is our safe cover, and let your heart be turned to your king. 10  For a day in your house is better than a thousand. It is better to be a door-keeper in the house of my God, than to be living in the tents of sin. 11  The Lord God is our sun and our strength: the Lord will give grace and glory: he will not keep back any good thing from those whose ways are upright. 12  O Lord of armies, happy is the man whose hope is in you.

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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