Psalm 79-81

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Psalm 79

O Elohim, the nations have come into your inheritance;

Your holy temple have they defiled;

They have laid Jerusalem in heaps.

2 The dead bodies of your servants have they given to be food to the birds of the heavens,

The flesh of your saints to the beasts of the earth.

3 Their blood have they shed like water all around Jerusalem;

And there was none to bury them.

4 We have become a reproach to our neighbors,

A scoffing and derision to them that are all around us.

5 How long, O Yahweh? Will you be angry forever?

Shall your jealousy burn like fire?

6 Pour out your wrath upon the nations that do not know you,

And upon the kingdoms that call not upon your name.

7 For they have devoured Jacob,

And laid waste his habitation.

8 Remember not against us the iniquities of our forefathers:

Let your tender mercies speedily meet us;

For we are brought very low.

9 Help us, O Elohim of our salvation, for the glory of your name;

And deliver us, and forgive our sins, for your name’s sake.

10 Why should the nations say, Where is their Elohim?

Let the avenging of the blood of your servants which is shed

Be known among the nations in our sight.

11 Let the sighing of the prisoner come before you:

According to the greatness of your power preserve those that are appointed to death;

12 And render to our neighbors sevenfold into their bosom

Their reproach, with which they have reproached you, O Yahweh:

13 So we your people and sheep of your pasture

Will give you thanks forever:

We will show forth your praise to all generations.


For the Chief Musician; set to Shoshannim Eduth. A Psalm of Asaph.>



Psalm 80

Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel,

You that lead Joseph like a flock;

You that sit above the cherubim, shine forth.

2 Before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh, stir up your might,

And come to save us.

3 Turn us again, O Elohim;

And cause your face to shine, and we shall be saved.

4 O Yahweh Elohim of hosts,

How long will you be angry against the prayer of your people?

5 You have fed them with the bread of tears,

And given them tears to drink in large measure.

6 You make us a strife to our neighbors;

And our enemies laugh among themselves.

7 Turn us again, O Elohim of hosts;

And cause your face to shine, and we shall be saved.

8 You brought a vine out of Egypt:

You drove out the nations, and planted it.

9 You prepared room before it,

And it took deep root, and filled the land.

10 The mountains were covered with the shadow of it,

And the boughs of it were like cedars of El.

11 It sent out its branches to the sea,

And its shoots to the River.

12 Why have you broken down its walls,

So that all they that pass by the way pluck it?

13 The boar out of the wood ravages it,

And the wild beasts of the field feed on it.

14 Turn again, we plead you, O Elohim of hosts:

Look down from heaven, and behold, and visit this vine,

15 And the stock which your right hand planted,

and the branch that you made strong for yourself.

16 It is burned with fire, it is cut down:

They perish at the rebuke of your countenance.

17 Let your hand be upon the man of your right hand,

Upon the son of man whom you made strong for yourself.

18 So shall we not go back from you.

Quicken us, and we will call upon your name.

19 Turn us again, O Yahweh Elohim of hosts;

Cause your face to shine, and we shall be saved.



For the Chief Musician; set to the Gittith.

A Psalm of Asaph.


Psalm 81

Sing aloud to Elohim our strength:

Make a joyful noise to the Elohim of Jacob.

2 Raise a song, and bring here the timbrel,

The pleasant harp with the psaltery.

3 Blow the trumpet at the new moon,

At the full moon, on our feast day.

4 For it is a statute for Israel,

An ordinance of the Elohim of Jacob.

5 He appointed it in Joseph for a testimony,

When he went out over the land of Egypt,

Where I heard a language that I knew not.

6 I removed his shoulder from the burden:

His hands were freed from the basket.

7 You called in trouble, and I delivered you;

I answered you in the secret place of thunder;

I proved you at the waters of Meribah.


8 Hear, O my people, and I will testify to you:

O Israel, if you would listen to me!

9 There shall no strange El be in you;

Neither shall you worship any foreign El.

10 I am Yahweh your Elohim,

Who brought you up out of the land of Egypt:

Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it.

11 But my people listened not to my voice;

And Israel did not consent to me.

12 So I let them go after the stubbornness of their heart,

That they might walk in their own counsels.

13 Oh that my people would listen to me,

That Israel would walk in my ways!

14 I would soon subdue their enemies,

And turn my hand against their adversaries.

15 The haters of Yahweh should submit themselves to him:

But their time should endure forever.

16 He would feed them also with the finest of the wheat;

And with honey out of the rock would I satisfy you.



A Psalm of Asaph.

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