How Long, O Lord?

A Psalm of (A)Asaph.

79 O God, (B)the nations have come into your (C)inheritance;
    they have defiled your (D)holy temple;
    they have (E)laid Jerusalem in ruins.
They have given (F)the bodies of your servants
    to the birds of the heavens for food,
    the flesh of your (G)faithful to (H)the beasts of the earth.
They have poured out their blood like water
    all around Jerusalem,
    and there was (I)no one to bury them.
We have become (J)a taunt to our neighbors,
    (K)mocked and derided by those around us.

(L)How long, O Lord? Will you be angry (M)forever?
    Will your (N)jealousy (O)burn like fire?
(P)Pour out your anger on the nations
    that (Q)do not know you,
and on the kingdoms
    that (R)do not call upon your name!
For they have devoured Jacob
    and laid waste his habitation.

(S)Do not remember against us (T)our former iniquities;[a]
    let your compassion come speedily to meet us,
    for we are (U)brought very low.
(V)Help us, O God of our salvation,
    for the glory of your name;
deliver us, and (W)atone for our sins,
    for your (X)name's sake!
10 (Y)Why should the nations say,
    “Where is their God?”
Let (Z)the avenging of the outpoured blood of your servants
    be known among the nations before our eyes!

11 Let (AA)the groans of the prisoners come before you;
    according to your great power, preserve those (AB)doomed to die!
12 Return (AC)sevenfold into the (AD)lap of our neighbors
    the (AE)taunts with which they have taunted you, O Lord!
13 But we your people, the (AF)sheep of your pasture,
    will (AG)give thanks to you forever;
    from generation to generation we will recount your praise.

Restore Us, O God

To the choirmaster: according to (AH)Lilies. A Testimony. Of (AI)Asaph, a Psalm.

80 Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel,
    you who lead (AJ)Joseph like (AK)a flock.
You who are (AL)enthroned upon the cherubim, (AM)shine forth.
    Before (AN)Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh,
(AO)stir up your might
    and (AP)come to save us!

(AQ)Restore us,[b] O God;
    (AR)let your face shine, that we may be saved!

O (AS)Lord God of hosts,
    (AT)how long will you be angry with your people's prayers?
You have fed them with (AU)the bread of tears
    and given them tears to drink in full measure.
(AV)You make us an object of contention for our (AW)neighbors,
    and our enemies laugh among themselves.

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

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

14 Turn again, O God of hosts!
    (BF)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.
16 They have (BG)burned it with fire; they have (BH)cut it down;
    may they perish at (BI)the rebuke of your face!
17 But (BJ)let your hand be on the man of your right hand,
    the son of man whom you have made strong for yourself!
18 Then we shall not turn back from you;
    (BK)give us life, and we will call upon your name!

19 (BL)Restore us, O Lord God of hosts!
    Let your face shine, that we may be saved!

Footnotes

  1. Psalm 79:8 Or the iniquities of former generations
  2. Psalm 80:3 Or Turn us again; also verses 7, 19
  3. Psalm 80:11 That is, the Euphrates

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