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(A psalm by Asaph for the music leader. To the tune “Lilies of the Agreement.”)

Help Our Nation

80 Shepherd of Israel, you lead
    the descendants of Joseph,
and you sit on your throne
    above the winged creatures.[a]
Listen to our prayer
    and let your light shine
    for the tribes of Ephraim,
Benjamin, and Manasseh.
    Save us by your power.

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Footnotes

  1. 80.1 winged creatures: Two winged creatures made of gold were on the top of the sacred chest and were symbols of the Lord’s throne on earth (see Exodus 25.18).

We were like a grapevine
    you brought out of Egypt.
    You chased other nations away
    and planted us here.
Then you cleared the ground,
    and we put our roots deep,
    spreading over the land.
10 Shade from this vine covered
    the mountains.
Its branches
climbed
the mighty cedars
11     and stretched to the sea;
    its new growth reached
    to the river.[a]

12 Our Lord, why have you
torn down the wall
    from around the vineyard?
You let everyone who walks by
    pick the grapes.
13     Now the vine is gobbled down
by pigs from the forest
    and other wild animals.

14 God All-Powerful,
    please do something!
Look down from heaven
and see what’s happening
    to this vine.
15 With your own hands
    you planted its roots,
and you raised it
    as your very own.

16 Enemies chopped the vine down
    and set it on fire.
    Now show your anger
    and destroy them.
17 But help the one who sits
    at your right side,[b]
    the one you raised
    to be your own.
18 Then we will never turn away.
    Put new life into us,
    and we will worship you.

19 Lord God All-Powerful,
make us strong again!
    Smile on us and save us.

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Footnotes

  1. 80.11 the sea. . . the river: The Mediterranean Sea and the Euphrates River were part of the ideal boundaries for Israel.
  2. 80.17 right side: See the note at 16.11.

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