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Restore Us, O God

To the choirmaster: according to Lilies. A Testimony. Of Asaph, a Psalm.

80:1 Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, you who lead Joseph like a flock! You who are enthroned upon the cherubim, shine forth. 2  Before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh, stir up your might and come to save us!

3Restore us,[1] O God; let your face shine, that we may be saved!

4O Lord God of hosts, how long will you be angry with your people’s prayers? 5You have fed them with the bread of tears and given them tears to drink in full measure. 6You make us an object of contention for our neighbors, and our enemies laugh among themselves.

7Restore us, O God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved!

8You brought a vine out of Egypt; you drove out the nations and planted it. 9You cleared the ground for it; it took deep root and filled the land. 10The mountains were covered with its shade, the mighty cedars with its branches. 11It sent out its branches to the sea and its shoots to the River.[2] 12Why then have you broken down its walls, so that all who pass along the way pluck its fruit? 13The boar from the forest ravages it, and all that move in the field feed on it.

14Turn again, O God of hosts! Look down from heaven, and see; have regard for this vine, 15  the stock that your right hand planted, and for the son whom you made strong for yourself. 16They have burned it with fire; they have cut it down; may they perish at the rebuke of your face! 17But let your hand be on the man of your right hand, the son of man whom you have made strong for yourself! 18Then we shall not turn back from you; give us life, and we will call upon your name!

19Restore us, O Lord God of hosts! let your face shine, that we may be saved!

[1] Or Turn us again; also verses 7, 19  [2] That is, the Euphrates

Psalm 81

Oh, That My People Would Listen to Me

To the choirmaster: according to The Gittith.[3] Of Asaph.

81:1 Sing aloud to God our strength; shout for joy to the God of Jacob! 2Raise a song; sound the tambourine, the sweet lyre with the harp. 3Blow the trumpet at the new moon, at the full moon, on our feast day.

4For it is a statute for Israel, a rule of the God of Jacob. 5He made it a decree in Joseph when he went out over[4] the land of Egypt. I hear a language I had not known: 6“I relieved your[5] shoulder of the burden; your hands were freed from the basket. 7In distress you called, and I delivered you; I answered you in the secret place of thunder; I tested you at the waters of Meribah. Selah

8Hear, O my people, while I admonish you! O Israel, if you would but listen to me! 9There shall be no strange god among you; you shall not bow down to a foreign god. 10I am the Lord your God, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt. Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it.

11“But my people did not listen to my voice; Israel would not submit to me. 12So I gave them over to their stubborn hearts, to follow their own counsels. 13Oh, that my people would listen to me, that Israel would walk in my ways! 14I would soon subdue their enemies and turn my hand against their foes. 15Those who hate the Lord would cringe toward him, and their fate would last forever. 16But he would feed you[6] with the finest of the wheat, and with honey from the rock I would satisfy you.”

[3] Probably a musical or liturgical term  [4] Or against  [5] Hebrew his; also next line  [6] That is, Israel; Hebrew him

Psalm 82

Rescue the Weak and Needy

A Psalm of Asaph.

82:1 God has taken his place in the divine council; in the midst of the gods he holds judgment: 2“How long will you judge unjustly and show partiality to the wicked? Selah 3Give justice to the weak and the fatherless; maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute. 4Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.”

5They have neither knowledge nor understanding, they walk about in darkness; all the foundations of the earth are shaken.

6I said, “You are gods, sons of the Most High, all of you; 7nevertheless, like men you shall die, and fall like any prince.”[7]

8Arise, O God, judge the earth; for you shall inherit all the nations!

[7] Or fall as one man, O princes 

Psalm 83

O God, Do Not Keep Silence

A Song. A Psalm of Asaph.

83:1 O God, do not keep silence; do not hold your peace or be still, O God! 2For behold, your enemies make an uproar; those who hate you have raised their heads. 3They lay crafty plans against your people; they consult together against your treasured ones. 4They say, “Come, let us wipe them out as a nation; let the name of Israel be remembered no more!” 5For they conspire with one accord; against you they make a covenant— 6the tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites, Moab and the Hagrites, 7Gebal and Ammon and Amalek, Philistia with the inhabitants of Tyre; 8Asshur also has joined them; they are the strong arm of the children of Lot. Selah

9Do to them as you did to Midian, as to Sisera and Jabin at the river Kishon, 10who were destroyed at En-dor, who became dung for the ground. 11Make their nobles like Oreb and Zeeb, all their princes like Zebah and Zalmunna, 12who said, “Let us take possession for ourselves of the pastures of God.”

13O my God, make them like whirling dust,[8] like chaff before the wind. 14As fire consumes the forest, as the flame sets the mountains ablaze, 15so may you pursue them with your tempest and terrify them with your hurricane! 16Fill their faces with shame, that they may seek your name, O Lord. 17Let them be put to shame and dismayed forever; let them perish in disgrace, 18that they may know that you alone, whose name is the Lord, are the Most High over all the earth.

[8] Or like a tumbleweed

Psalm 84

My Soul Longs for the Courts of the Lord

To the choirmaster: according to The Gittith.[9] A Psalm of the Sons of Korah.

84:1 How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord of hosts! 2My soul longs, yes, faints for the courts of the Lord; my heart and flesh sing for joy to the living God.

3Even the sparrow finds a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, at your altars, O Lord of hosts, my King and my God. 4Blessed are those who dwell in your house, ever singing your praise! Selah

5Blessed are those whose strength is in you, in whose heart are the highways to Zion.[10] 6As they go through the Valley of Baca they make it a place of springs; the early rain also covers it with pools. 7They go from strength to strength; each one appears before God in Zion.

8O Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer; give ear, O God of Jacob!  Selah

9Behold our shield, O God; look on the face of your anointed!

10For a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness. 11For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor. No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly. 12O Lord of hosts, blessed is the one who trusts in you!

[9] Probably a musical or liturgical term  [10] Hebrew lacks to Zion

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