Psalm 80-85 New American Standard Bible

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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 .

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