79 A psalm of Asaph.
O God, foreigners 1 have invaded your chosen land; 2
they have polluted your holy temple
and turned Jerusalem 3 into a heap of ruins.
2 They have given the corpses of your servants
to the birds of the sky; 4
the flesh of your loyal followers
to the beasts of the earth.
3 They have made their blood flow like water
all around Jerusalem, and there is no one to bury them. 5
4 We have become an object of disdain to our neighbors;
those who live on our borders taunt and insult us. 6
5 How long will this go on, O Lord? 7
Will you stay angry forever?
How long will your rage 8 burn like fire?
6 Pour out your anger on the nations that do not acknowledge you, 9
on the kingdoms that do not pray to you! 10
7 For they have devoured Jacob
and destroyed his home.
8 Do not hold us accountable for the sins of earlier generations! 11
Quickly send your compassion our way, 12
for we are in serious trouble! 13
9 Help us, O God, our deliverer!
For the sake of your glorious reputation, 14 rescue us!
Forgive our sins for the sake of your reputation! 15
10 Why should the nations say, “Where is their God?”
Before our very eyes may the shed blood of your servants
be avenged among the nations! 16
11 Listen to the painful cries of the prisoners! 17
Use your great strength to set free those condemned to die! 18
12 Pay back our neighbors in full! 19
May they be insulted the same way they insulted you, O Lord! 20
13 Then we, your people, the sheep of your pasture,
will continually thank you. 21
We will tell coming generations of your praiseworthy acts. 22
80 For the music director; according to the shushan-eduth style; 1 a psalm of Asaph.
O shepherd of Israel, pay attention,
you who lead Joseph like a flock of sheep!
You who sit enthroned above the winged angels, 2 reveal your splendor! 3
2 In the sight of Ephraim, Benjamin, and Manasseh reveal 4 your power!
Come and deliver us! 5
3 O God, restore us!
Smile on us! 6 Then we will be delivered! 7
4 O Lord God, invincible warrior! 8
How long will you remain angry at your people while they pray to you? 9
5 You have given them tears as food; 10
you have made them drink tears by the measure. 11
6 You have made our neighbors dislike us, 12
and our enemies insult us.
7 O God, invincible warrior, 13 restore us!
Smile on us! 14 Then we will be delivered! 15
8 You uprooted a vine 16 from Egypt;
you drove out nations and transplanted it.
9 You cleared the ground for it; 17
it took root, 18
and filled the land.
10 The mountains were covered by its shadow,
the highest cedars 19 by its branches.
11 Its branches reached the Mediterranean Sea, 20
and its shoots the Euphrates River. 21
12 Why did you break down its walls, 22
so that all who pass by pluck its fruit? 23
13 The wild boars of the forest ruin it; 24
the insects 25 of the field feed on it.
14 O God, invincible warrior, 26 come back!
Look down from heaven and take notice!
Take care of this vine,
15 the root 27 your right hand planted,
the shoot you made to grow! 28
16 It is burned 29 and cut down.
They die because you are displeased with them. 30
17 May you give support to the one you have chosen, 31
to the one whom you raised up for yourself! 32
18 Then we will not turn away from you.
Revive us and we will pray to you! 33
19 O Lord God, invincible warrior, 34 restore us!
Smile on us! 35 Then we will be delivered! 36
81 For the music director; according to the gittith style; 1 by Asaph.
Shout for joy to God, our source of strength!
Shout out to the God of Jacob!
2 Sing 2 a song and play the tambourine,
the pleasant sounding harp, and the ten-stringed instrument!
3 Sound the ram’s horn on the day of the new moon, 3
and on the day of the full moon when our festival begins. 4
4 For observing the festival is a requirement for Israel; 5
it is an ordinance given by the God of Jacob.
5 He decreed it as a regulation in Joseph,
when he attacked the land of Egypt. 6
I heard a voice I did not recognize. 7
6 It said: 8 “I removed the burden from his shoulder;
his hands were released from holding the basket. 9
7 In your distress you called out and I rescued you.
I answered you from a dark thundercloud. 10
I tested you at the waters of Meribah. 11 (Selah)
8 I said, 12 ‘Listen, my people!
I will warn 13 you!
O Israel, if only you would obey me! 14
9 There must be 15 no other 16 god among you.
You must not worship a foreign god.
10 I am the Lord, your God,
the one who brought you out of the land of Egypt.
Open your mouth wide and I will fill it!’
11 But my people did not obey me; 17
Israel did not submit to me. 18
12 I gave them over to their stubborn desires; 19
they did what seemed right to them. 20
13 If only my people would obey me! 21
If only Israel would keep my commands! 22
14 Then I would quickly subdue their enemies,
and attack 23 their adversaries.”
15 (May those who hate the Lord 24 cower in fear 25 before him!
May they be permanently humiliated!) 26
16 “I would feed Israel the best wheat, 27
and would satisfy your appetite 28 with honey from the rocky cliffs.” 29