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Psalm 85Living Bible (TLB)

85 Lord, you have poured out amazing blessings on this land! You have restored the fortunes of Israel,[a] and forgiven the sins of your people—yes, covered over each one, so that all your wrath, your blazing anger, is now ended.

Now bring us back to loving you,[b] O Lord, so that your anger will never need rise against us again. (Or will you be always angry—on and on to distant generations?) Oh, revive us! Then your people can rejoice in you again. Pour out your love and kindness on us, Lord, and grant us your salvation.

I am listening carefully to all the Lord is saying—for he speaks peace to his people, his saints, if they will only stop their sinning. Surely his salvation is near to those who reverence him; our land will be filled with his glory.

10 Mercy and truth have met together. Grim justice[c] and peace have kissed! 11 Truth rises from the earth, and righteousness smiles down from heaven.

12 Yes, the Lord pours down his blessings on the land, and it yields its bountiful crops. 13 Justice goes before him to make a pathway for his steps.[d]

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 85:1 restored the fortunes of Israel, literally, “brought back the captivity.”
  2. Psalm 85:4 Now bring us back to loving you, or “Turn to us.”
  3. Psalm 85:10 justice, literally, “righteousness.”
  4. Psalm 85:13 make a pathway for his steps, or “set us in the way of his steps.”
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