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But if you smile on us,
    we will be saved.

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.

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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.