A Prayer for Restoration
80 1 Oh, give ear , Shepherd of Israel , You who lead Joseph like a flock ; You who are enthroned above the cherubim , shine forth ! 2 Before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh , stir up Your power And come to save us! 3 O God , restore us And cause Your face to shine upon us, and we will be saved . 4 O Lord God of hosts , How long e will You be angry with the prayer of Your people ? 5 You have fed them with the bread of tears , And You have made them to drink tears in large measure . 6 You make us an object of contention to our neighbors , And our enemies laugh among themselves. 7 O God of hosts , restore us And cause Your face to shine upon us, and we will be saved .
8 You removed a vine from Egypt ; You drove out the nations and planted it. 9 You cleared the ground before it, And it took deep root and filled the land . 10 The mountains were covered with its shadow , And the cedars of God with its boughs . 11 It was sending out its branches to the sea And its shoots to the River . 12 Why have You broken down its hedges , So that all who pass that way pick its fruit? 13 A boar from the forest eats it away And whatever moves in the field feeds on it. 14 O God of hosts , turn again now , we beseech You; Look down from heaven and see , and take care of this vine , 15 Even the shoot which Your right hand has planted , And on the son whom You have strengthened for Yourself. 16 It is burned with fire , it is cut down ; They perish at the rebuke of Your countenance . 17 Let Your hand be upon the man of Your right hand , Upon the son of man whom You made strong for Yourself. 18 Then we shall not turn back from You; Revive us, and we will call upon Your name . 19 O Lord God of hosts , restore us; Cause Your face to shine upon us, and we will be saved .
God's Goodness and Israel's Waywardness
81 1 Sing for joy to God our strength ; Shout joyfully to the God of Jacob . 2 Raise a song , strike the timbrel , The sweet sounding lyre with the harp . 3 Blow the trumpet at the new moon , At the full moon , on our feast day . 4 For it is a statute for Israel , An ordinance of the God of Jacob . 5 He established it for a testimony in Joseph When he went throughout the land of Egypt . I heard a language that I did not know : 6 "I relieved his shoulder of the burden , His hands were freed from the basket . 7 "You called in trouble and I rescued you; I answered you in the hiding place of thunder ; I proved you at the waters of Meribah . Selah .
8 " Hear , O My people , and I will admonish you; O Israel , if you would listen to Me! 9 "Let there be no strange god among you; Nor shall you worship any foreign god . 10 " I, the Lord , am your God , Who brought you up from the land of Egypt ; Open your mouth wide and I will fill it. 11 "But My people did not listen to My voice , And Israel did not obey Me. 12 "So I gave them over to the stubbornness of their heart , To walk in their own devices . 13 "Oh that My people would listen to Me, That Israel would walk in My ways ! 14 "I would quickly subdue their enemies And turn My hand against their adversaries . 15 " Those who hate the Lord would pretend obedience to Him, And their time of punishment would be forever . 16 "But I would feed you with the finest of the wheat , And with honey from the rock I would satisfy you."
A Rebuke of Unjust Judgments
82 1 God takes His stand in His own congregation ; He judges in the midst of the rulers . 2 How long e will you judge unjustly And show partiality e to the wicked ? Selah . 3 Vindicate the weak and fatherless ; Do justice to the afflicted and destitute . 4 Rescue the weak and needy ; Deliver them out of the hand of the wicked . 5 They do not know nor do they understand ; They walk about in darkness ; All the foundations of the earth are shaken .
6 I said , "You are gods , And all of you are sons of the Most High . 7 "Nevertheless you will die like men And fall like any one of the princes ." 8 Arise , O God , judge the earth ! For it is You who possesses all the nations .
A Prayer for the Destruction of Israel's Enemies
83 1 O God , do not remain quiet ; Do not be silent and, O God , do not be still . 2 For behold , Your enemies make an uproar , And those who hate You have exalted themselves . 3 They make shrewd plans against Your people , And conspire together against Your treasured ones. 4 They have said , "Come , and let us wipe them out as a nation , That the name of Israel be remembered no more ." 5 For they have conspired together with one mind ; Against You they make a covenant : 6 The tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites , Moab and the Hagrites ; 7 Gebal and Ammon and Amalek , Philistia with the inhabitants of Tyre ; 8 Assyria also has joined with them; They have become a help to the children of Lot . Selah .
9 Deal with them as with Midian , As with Sisera and Jabin at the torrent of Kishon , 10 Who were destroyed at En-dor , Who became as dung for the ground . 11 Make their nobles like Oreb and Zeeb And all their princes like Zebah and Zalmunna , 12 Who said , " Let us possess for ourselves The pastures of God ." 13 O my God , make them like the whirling dust , Like chaff before the wind . 14 Like fire that burns the forest And like a flame that sets the mountains on fire , 15 So pursue them with Your tempest And terrify them with Your storm . 16 Fill their faces with dishonor , That they may seek Your name , O Lord . 17 Let them be ashamed and dismayed forever , And let them be humiliated and perish , 18 That they may know that You alone , whose name is the Lord , Are the Most High over all the earth .
Longing for God's House
84 1 How lovely are Your dwelling places , O Lord of hosts ! 2 My soul longed and even yearned for the courts of the Lord ; My heart and my flesh sing for joy to the living God . 3 The bird also has found a house , And the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young , Even Your altars , O Lord of hosts , My King and my God . 4 How blessed are those who dwell in Your house ! They are ever praising You. Selah . 5 How blessed is the man whose strength is in You, In whose heart are the highways to Zion! 6 Passing through the valley of Baca they make it a spring ; The early rain also covers it with blessings . 7 They go from strength to strength , Every one of them appears before God in Zion .
8 O Lord God of hosts , hear my prayer ; Give ear , O God of Jacob ! Selah . 9 Behold our shield , O God , And look upon the face of Your anointed . 10 For a day in Your courts is better than a thousand outside. I would rather stand at the threshold of the house of my God Than dwell in the tents of wickedness . 11 For the Lord God is a sun and shield ; The Lord gives grace and glory ; No good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly . 12 O Lord of hosts , How blessed is the man who trusts in You!
A Prayer for God's Mercy on Israel
85 1 O Lord , You showed favor to Your land ; You restored the captivity of Jacob . 2 You forgave the iniquity of Your people ; You covered all their sin . Selah . 3 You withdrew all Your fury ; You turned away from Your burning anger . 4 Restore us, O God of our salvation , And cause Your indignation toward us to cease . 5 Will You be angry with us forever ? Will You prolong Your anger to all generations ? 6 Will You not Yourself revive us again , That Your people may rejoice in You? 7 Show us Your lovingkindness , O Lord , And grant us Your salvation .
8 I will hear what God the Lord will say ; For He will speak peace to His people , to His godly ones ; But let them not turn back to folly . 9 Surely His salvation is near to those who fear Him, That glory may dwell in our land . 10 Lovingkindness and truth have met together; Righteousness and peace have kissed each other. 11 Truth springs from the earth , And righteousness looks down from heaven . 12 Indeed , the Lord will give what is good , And our land will yield its produce . 13 Righteousness will go before Him And will make His footsteps into a way .