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)

Restore(F) us,(G) O God;
    make your face shine on us,
    that we may be saved.(H)

How long,(I) Lord God Almighty,
    will your anger smolder(J)
    against the prayers of your people?
You have fed them with the bread of tears;(K)
    you have made them drink tears by the bowlful.(L)
You have made us an object of derision[b] to our neighbors,
    and our enemies mock us.(M)

Restore us, God Almighty;
    make your face shine on us,
    that we may be saved.(N)

You transplanted a vine(O) from Egypt;
    you drove out(P) the nations and planted(Q) 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,[c]
    its shoots as far as the River.[d](R)

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

16 Your vine is cut down, it is burned with fire;(V)
    at your rebuke(W) your people perish.
17 Let your hand rest on the man at your right hand,
    the son of man(X) you have raised up for yourself.
18 Then we will not turn away from you;
    revive(Y) 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.


  1. Psalm 80:1 In Hebrew texts 80:1-19 is numbered 80:2-20.
  2. Psalm 80:6 Probable reading of the original Hebrew text; Masoretic Text contention
  3. Psalm 80:11 Probably the Mediterranean
  4. Psalm 80:11 That is, the Euphrates
  5. Psalm 80:15 Or branch

The Women of Jerusalem

You women(A) who are so complacent,
    rise up and listen(B) to me;
you daughters who feel secure,(C)
    hear what I have to say!
10 In little more than a year(D)
    you who feel secure will tremble;
the grape harvest will fail,(E)
    and the harvest of fruit will not come.
11 Tremble,(F) you complacent women;
    shudder, you daughters who feel secure!(G)
Strip off your fine clothes(H)
    and wrap yourselves in rags.(I)
12 Beat your breasts(J) for the pleasant fields,
    for the fruitful vines(K)
13 and for the land of my people,
    a land overgrown with thorns and briers(L)
yes, mourn(M) for all houses of merriment
    and for this city of revelry.(N)
14 The fortress(O) will be abandoned,
    the noisy city deserted;(P)
citadel and watchtower(Q) will become a wasteland forever,
    the delight of donkeys,(R) a pasture for flocks,(S)
15 till the Spirit(T) is poured on us from on high,
    and the desert becomes a fertile field,(U)
    and the fertile field seems like a forest.(V)
16 The Lord’s justice(W) will dwell in the desert,(X)
    his righteousness(Y) live in the fertile field.
17 The fruit of that righteousness(Z) will be peace;(AA)
    its effect will be quietness and confidence(AB) forever.
18 My people will live in peaceful(AC) dwelling places,
    in secure homes,(AD)
    in undisturbed places of rest.(AE)
19 Though hail(AF) flattens the forest(AG)
    and the city is leveled(AH) completely,
20 how blessed you will be,
    sowing(AI) your seed by every stream,(AJ)
    and letting your cattle and donkeys range free.(AK)

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17 But the wisdom that comes from heaven(A) is first of all pure; then peace-loving,(B) considerate, submissive, full of mercy(C) and good fruit, impartial and sincere.(D) 18 Peacemakers(E) who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.(F)

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