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Psalm 85 Good News Translation (GNT)

A Prayer for the Nation's Welfare[a]

85 Lord, you have been merciful to your land;
    you have made Israel prosperous again.
You have forgiven your people's sins
    and pardoned all their wrongs.
You stopped being angry with them
    and held back your furious rage.

Bring us back, O God our savior,
    and stop being displeased with us!
Will you be angry with us forever?
    Will your anger never cease?
Make us strong again,
    and we, your people, will praise you.
Show us your constant love, O Lord,
    and give us your saving help.

I am listening to what the Lord God is saying;
    he promises peace to us, his own people,
    if we do not go back to our foolish ways.
Surely he is ready to save those who honor him,
    and his saving presence will remain in our land.

10 Love and faithfulness will meet;
    righteousness and peace will embrace.
11 Human loyalty will reach up from the earth,
    and God's righteousness will look down from heaven.
12 The Lord will make us prosperous,
    and our land will produce rich harvests.
13 Righteousness will go before the Lord
    and prepare the path for him.


  1. Psalm 85:1 HEBREW TITLE: A psalm by the clan of Korah.
Good News Translation (GNT)

Copyright © 1992 by American Bible Society

Psalm 85 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

Psalm 85

Prayer for the Restoration of God’s Favor

To the leader. Of the Korahites. A Psalm.

Lord, you were favorable to your land;
    you restored the fortunes of Jacob.
You forgave the iniquity of your people;
    you pardoned all their sin.Selah
You withdrew all your wrath;
    you turned from your hot anger.

Restore us again, O God of our salvation,
    and put away your indignation toward us.
Will you be angry with us forever?
    Will you prolong your anger to all generations?
Will you not revive us again,
    so that your people may rejoice in you?
Show us your steadfast love, O Lord,
    and grant us your salvation.

Let me hear what God the Lord will speak,
    for he will speak peace to his people,
    to his faithful, to those who turn to him in their hearts.[a]
Surely his salvation is at hand for those who fear him,
    that his glory may dwell in our land.

10 Steadfast love and faithfulness will meet;
    righteousness and peace will kiss each other.
11 Faithfulness will spring up from the ground,
    and righteousness will look down from the sky.
12 The Lord will give what is good,
    and our land will yield its increase.
13 Righteousness will go before him,
    and will make a path for his steps.


  1. Psalm 85:8 Gk: Heb but let them not turn back to folly
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Psalm 85 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)

85 (0) For the leader. A psalm of the sons of Korach:

(1) Adonai, you have shown favor to your land;
you have restored the fortunes of Ya‘akov,
(2) taken away the guilt of your people,
pardoned all their sin, (Selah)
(3) withdrawn all your wrath,
turned from your fierce anger.

(4) Restore us, God of our salvation,
renounce your displeasure with us.
(5) Are you to stay angry with us forever?
Will your fury last through all generations?

(6) Won’t you revive us again,
so your people can rejoice in you?
(7) Show us your grace, Adonai;
grant us your salvation.

(8) I am listening. What will God, Adonai, say?
For he will speak peace to his people,
to his holy ones —
but only if they don’t relapse into folly.
10 (9) His salvation is near for those who fear him,
so that glory will be in our land.
11 (10) Grace and truth have met together;
justice and peace have kissed each other.
12 (11) Truth springs up from the earth,
and justice looks down from heaven.
13 (12) Adonai will also grant prosperity;
our land will yield its harvest.
14 (13) Justice will walk before him
and make his footsteps a path.

Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)

Copyright © 1998 by David H. Stern. All rights reserved.

Psalm 85 The Message (MSG)

A Korah Psalm

85 1-3 God, you smiled on your good earth!
    You brought good times back to Jacob!
You lifted the cloud of guilt from your people,
    you put their sins far out of sight.
You took back your sin-provoked threats,
    you cooled your hot, righteous anger.

4-7 Help us again, God of our help;
    don’t hold a grudge against us forever.
You aren’t going to keep this up, are you?
    scowling and angry, year after year?
Why not help us make a fresh start—a resurrection life?
    Then your people will laugh and sing!
Show us how much you love us, God!
    Give us the salvation we need!

8-9 I can’t wait to hear what he’ll say.
    God’s about to pronounce his people well,
The holy people he loves so much,
    so they’ll never again live like fools.
See how close his salvation is to those who fear him?
    Our country is home base for Glory!

10-13 Love and Truth meet in the street,
    Right Living and Whole Living embrace and kiss!
Truth sprouts green from the ground,
    Right Living pours down from the skies!
Oh yes! God gives Goodness and Beauty;
    our land responds with Bounty and Blessing.
Right Living strides out before him,
    and clears a path for his passage.

The Message (MSG)

Copyright © 1993, 2002, 2018 by Eugene H. Peterson

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