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Psalm 80

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The psalmist in his prayer complains of the miseries of the church.

For the Chief Musician. To the tune of ďThe Lilies of the Covenant.Ē A Psalm by Asaph.

80:1 Hear us, Shepherd of Israel,
you who lead Joseph like a flock,
you who sit above the cherubim, shine forth.

80:2 Before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh, stir up your might!
Come to save us!

80:3 Turn us again, God.
Cause your face to shine,
and we will be saved.

80:4 Yahweh God of Armies,
How long will you be angry against the prayer of your people?

80:5 You have fed them with the bread of tears,
and given them tears to drink in large measure.

80:6 You make us a source of contention to our neighbors.
Our enemies laugh among themselves.

80:7 Turn us again, God of Armies.
Cause your face to shine,
and we will be saved.

God's former favours are turned into judgments.

80:8 You brought a vine out of Egypt.
You drove out the nations, and planted it.

80:9 You cleared the ground for it.
It took deep root, and filled the land.

80:10 The mountains were covered with its shadow.
Its boughs were like Godís cedars.

80:11 It sent out its branches to the sea,
Its shoots to the River.

80:12 Why have you broken down its walls,
so that all those who pass by the way pluck it?

80:13 The boar out of the wood ravages it.
The wild animals of the field feed on it.

He prays for deliverance.

80:14 Turn again, we beg you, God of Armies.
Look down from heaven, and see, and visit this vine,

80:15 the stock which your right hand planted,
the branch that you made strong for yourself.

80:16 Itís burned with fire.
Itís cut down.
They perish at your rebuke.

80:17 Let your hand be on the man of your right hand,
on the son of man whom you made strong for yourself.

80:18 So we will not turn away from you.
Revive us, and we will call on your name.

80:19 Turn us again, Yahweh God of Armies.
Cause your face to shine, and we will be saved.

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