Psalm 80

 

Shepherd of Israel, lend an ear,

you who lead Joseph like a flock. (1)

You who are enthroned on the cherubim, shine forth

before Ephraim, Benjamin, and Manasseh.

Stir up your power

and come for our deliverance. (2)

God, bring us back;

send out light from your face and we will be delivered. (3)

Yahweh of the heavenly armies,

how long will you breathe out smoke against the prayer of your people? (4)

You have made them eat tear-stained bread;

You have made them drink draughts of tears. (5)

You have made us an object of contention for our neighbors;

Our enemies mock us. (6)

God of the heavenly armies, bring us back

send out light from your face and we will be delivered. (7)

You uprooted a vine from Egypt;

You cleared out the nations and planted it; (8)

You made a clearing in front of it;

It sent out its roots and filled the land. (9)

Its shadow covered the mountains;

its branches covered Godís cedars. (10)

It sent out its boughs to the sea;

its shoots to the river. (11)

Why have you breached its walls

so that all the passers-by pluck it? (12)

A boar from the forest ravages it;

tiny animals from the fields feed on it. (13)

God of the heavenly armies, please turn;

look down from heaven and see;

inspect this vine, (14)

the stock which your own right hand planted,

the child you made strong for yourself. (15)

They have burned it with fire;

they have cut it down;

may they perish at the rebuke of your face. (16)

Let your hand be upon the person of your right hand;

on the human being you made strong for yourself. (17)

We will never turn back from you;

Grant us life and we will proclaim your name. (18)

Yahweh, God of the heavenly armies, bring us back;

Send out light from your face and we will be delivered. (19)