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Psalm 80

Hear, O Shepherd of Israel


For the choir director. To “Lilies.”[a] A Testimony.[b] By Asaph. A psalm.

Opening Plea

O Shepherd of Israel, give ear,
you who lead Joseph like a flock.
You who are seated above the cherubim, shine forth.
Before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh,
stir up your might.
Come with salvation for us.


God, restore us, and make your face shine,
    so we will be saved.

The Problem

Lord God of Armies, how long will your anger smoke
    against the prayer of your people?
You make them eat bread with tears,
and you make them drink tears by the quart.[c]
You create strife between us and our neighbors,
so our enemies join together in mocking us.


God of Armies, restore us, and make your face shine,
    so we will be saved.

Past Blessing

You brought a vine out from Egypt.
You drove out the nations, and you planted it.
You cleared a place for it,
and it took root and filled the land.
10 The mountains were covered by its shade,
the cedars of God with its branches.
11 It sent out its boughs to the Sea,[d]
its shoots as far as the River.[e]

Present Judgment

12 Why have you broken down its walls
so that all who pass by pick its fruit?
13 A wild boar from the forest tears it up,
and the wild animals[f] feed on it.

Prayer for the King

14 God of Armies, return now!
Look down from heaven and see,
and take care of this vine,
15 the shoot that your right hand has planted,
the son that you made strong for yourself.
16 It is burned with fire like garbage.[g]
Because of the rebuke from your face they perish.
17 Let your hand rest on the man at your right hand,
on the son of man whom you have made strong for yourself.[h]
18 Then we will not turn away from you.
Cause us to live, and we will call on your name.


19 Lord God of Armies, restore us, and make your face shine,
    so we will be saved.


  1. Psalm 80:1 This may be the name of the tune.
  2. Psalm 80:1 Or “Lilies of the Testimony”
  3. Psalm 80:5 Literally by a third [of a bath?]
  4. Psalm 80:11 Very likely, the Mediterranean
  5. Psalm 80:11 The Euphrates
  6. Psalm 80:13 Or insects
  7. Psalm 80:16 The Hebrew word translated like garbage is emended by some translations into a verb meaning they cut it down, but this seems unlikely because it would place the cutting down after the burning.
  8. Psalm 80:17 Though this psalm has a concern for the northern kingdom of Israel, this verse seems to refer to the Davidic king. Faithful northerners still looked for the Messiah, who would come from Judah.

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