For the Director of Music: According to “The Lilies”. A testimony of Asaph. A psalm.
A Prayer for Jerusalem
80 Shepherd of Israel, listen! The one who leads Joseph like a flock, the one enthroned on the cherubim, display your glory.[a]
2 Reveal[b] your power before Ephraim, Benjamin, and Manasseh, then come to our rescue.
3 God, restore us, show your favor[c] and deliver us.
4 Lord God of the Heavenly Armies, when will your smoldering anger[d] toward your people’s prayers cease?[e] 5 You fed them tears as their food, and caused them to drink a full measure of tears. 6 You have set us at strife against our neighbors and our enemies deride us.
7 God of the Heavenly Armies, restore us and show your favor,[f] so we may be delivered.
8 You uprooted a vine from Egypt, and drove out nations to transplant it. 9 You cleared the ground[g] so that its roots grew and filled the land. 10 Mountains were covered by its shadows, and the mighty cedars by its branches. 11 Its branches spread out to the Mediterranean[h] Sea and its shoots to the Euphrates[i] River. 12 Why did you break down its walls so that those who pass by pluck its fruits?[j] 13 Wild boars of the forest gnaw at it, and creatures of the field feed on it.
14 God of the Heavenly Armies, return! Look down from heaven and see. Show care[k] toward this vine. 15 The root[l] that your right hand planted, the shoot[m] that you tended for yourself, 16 was burned with fire, cut off, and destroyed on account of your rebuke.
17 May you support the man at your right hand; the son of man whom you have raised for yourself. 18 Then we will not turn away from you. Restore us, so we can call upon your name.
19 God of hosts, restore to us the light of your favor.[n] Then we’ll be delivered.
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