Psalm 80[a]

For the director of music. To the tune of “The Lilies of the Covenant.” Of Asaph. A psalm.

Hear us, Shepherd of Israel,
    you who lead Joseph like a flock.(A)
You who sit enthroned between the cherubim,(B)
    shine forth before Ephraim, Benjamin and Manasseh.(C)
Awaken(D) your might;
    come and save us.(E)

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Footnotes

  1. Psalm 80:1 In Hebrew texts 80:1-19 is numbered 80:2-20.

You transplanted a vine(A) from Egypt;
    you drove out(B) the nations and planted(C) it.
You cleared the ground for it,
    and it took root and filled the land.
10 The mountains were covered with its shade,
    the mighty cedars with its branches.
11 Its branches reached as far as the Sea,[a]
    its shoots as far as the River.[b](D)

12 Why have you broken down its walls(E)
    so that all who pass by pick its grapes?
13 Boars from the forest ravage(F) it,
    and insects from the fields feed on it.
14 Return to us, God Almighty!
    Look down from heaven and see!(G)
Watch over this vine,
15     the root your right hand has planted,
    the son[c] you have raised up for yourself.

16 Your vine is cut down, it is burned with fire;(H)
    at your rebuke(I) your people perish.
17 Let your hand rest on the man at your right hand,
    the son of man(J) you have raised up for yourself.
18 Then we will not turn away from you;
    revive(K) us, and we will call on your name.

19 Restore us, Lord God Almighty;
    make your face shine on us,
    that we may be saved.

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Footnotes

  1. Psalm 80:11 Probably the Mediterranean
  2. Psalm 80:11 That is, the Euphrates
  3. Psalm 80:15 Or branch

18 In that day(A) the Lord will snatch away their finery: the bangles and headbands and crescent necklaces,(B) 19 the earrings and bracelets(C) and veils,(D) 20 the headdresses(E) and anklets and sashes, the perfume bottles and charms, 21 the signet rings and nose rings,(F) 22 the fine robes and the capes and cloaks,(G) the purses 23 and mirrors, and the linen garments(H) and tiaras(I) and shawls.

24 Instead of fragrance(J) there will be a stench;(K)
    instead of a sash,(L) a rope;
instead of well-dressed hair, baldness;(M)
    instead of fine clothing, sackcloth;(N)
    instead of beauty,(O) branding.(P)
25 Your men will fall by the sword,(Q)
    your warriors in battle.(R)
26 The gates(S) of Zion will lament and mourn;(T)
    destitute,(U) she will sit on the ground.(V)

In that day(W) seven women
    will take hold of one man(X)
and say, “We will eat our own food(Y)
    and provide our own clothes;
only let us be called by your name.
    Take away our disgrace!”(Z)

The Branch of the Lord

In that day(AA) the Branch of the Lord(AB) will be beautiful(AC) and glorious, and the fruit(AD) of the land will be the pride and glory(AE) of the survivors(AF) in Israel. Those who are left in Zion,(AG) who remain(AH) in Jerusalem, will be called holy,(AI) all who are recorded(AJ) among the living in Jerusalem. The Lord will wash away the filth(AK) of the women of Zion;(AL) he will cleanse(AM) the bloodstains(AN) from Jerusalem by a spirit[a] of judgment(AO) and a spirit[b] of fire.(AP) Then the Lord will create(AQ) over all of Mount Zion(AR) and over those who assemble there a cloud of smoke by day and a glow of flaming fire by night;(AS) over everything the glory[c](AT) will be a canopy.(AU) It will be a shelter(AV) and shade from the heat of the day, and a refuge(AW) and hiding place from the storm(AX) and rain.

Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 4:4 Or the Spirit
  2. Isaiah 4:4 Or the Spirit
  3. Isaiah 4:5 Or over all the glory there

15 “So when you see standing in the holy place(A) ‘the abomination that causes desolation,’[a](B) spoken of through the prophet Daniel—let the reader understand— 16 then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. 17 Let no one on the housetop(C) go down to take anything out of the house. 18 Let no one in the field go back to get their cloak. 19 How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers!(D) 20 Pray that your flight will not take place in winter or on the Sabbath. 21 For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now—and never to be equaled again.(E)

22 “If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect(F) those days will be shortened. 23 At that time if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Messiah!’ or, ‘There he is!’ do not believe it.(G) 24 For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders(H) to deceive, if possible, even the elect. 25 See, I have told you ahead of time.

26 “So if anyone tells you, ‘There he is, out in the wilderness,’ do not go out; or, ‘Here he is, in the inner rooms,’ do not believe it. 27 For as lightning(I) that comes from the east is visible even in the west, so will be the coming(J) of the Son of Man.(K)

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Footnotes

  1. Matthew 24:15 Daniel 9:27; 11:31; 12:11