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79:1 God, the nations have come into your inheritance. They have defiled your holy temple. They have laid Jerusalem in heaps.
79:2 They have given the dead bodies of your servants to be food for the birds of the sky, the flesh of your saints to the animals of the earth.
79:3 Their blood they have shed like water around Jerusalem. There was no one to bury them.
79:4 We have become a reproach to our neighbors, a scoffing and derision to those who are around us.
79:5 How long, Yahweh? Will you be angry forever? Will your jealousy burn like fire?
79:6 Pour out your wrath on the nations that don’t know you; on the kingdoms that don’t call on your name;
79:7 For they have devoured Jacob, and destroyed his homeland.
79:8 Don’t hold the iniquities of our forefathers against us. Let your tender mercies speedily meet us, for we are in desperate need.
79:9 Help us, God of our salvation, for the glory of your name. Deliver us, and forgive our sins, for your name’s sake.
79:10 Why should the nations say, “Where is their God?” Let it be known among the nations, before our eyes, that vengeance for your servants’ blood is being poured out.
79:11 Let the sighing of the prisoner come before you. According to the greatness of your power, preserve those who are sentenced to death.
79:12 Pay back to our neighbors seven times into their bosom their reproach with which they have reproached you, Lord.
79:13 So we, your people and sheep of your pasture, will give you thanks forever. We will praise you forever, to all generations. For the Chief Musician. To the tune of “The Lilies of the Covenant.” A Psalm by Asaph.
80:1 Hear us, Shepherd of Israel, you who lead Joseph like a flock, you who sit above the cherubim, shine forth.
80:2 Before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh, stir up your might! Come to save us!
80:3 Turn us again, God. Cause your face to shine, and we will be saved.
80:4 Yahweh God of Armies, How long will you be angry against the prayer of your people?
80:5 You have fed them with the bread of tears, and given them tears to drink in large measure.
80:6 You make us a source of contention to our neighbors. Our enemies laugh among themselves.
80:7 Turn us again, God of Armies. Cause your face to shine, and we will be saved.
80:8 You brought a vine out of Egypt. You drove out the nations, and planted it.
80:9 You cleared the ground for it. It took deep root, and filled the land.
80:10 The mountains were covered with its shadow. Its boughs were like God’s cedars.
80:11 It sent out its branches to the sea, Its shoots to the River.
80:12 Why have you broken down its walls, so that all those who pass by the way pluck it?
80:13 The boar out of the wood ravages it. The wild animals of the field feed on it.
80:14 Turn again, we beg you, God of Armies. Look down from heaven, and see, and visit this vine,
80:15 the stock which your right hand planted, the branch that you made strong for yourself.
80:16 It’s burned with fire. It’s cut down. They perish at your rebuke.
80:17 Let your hand be on the man of your right hand, on the son of man whom you made strong for yourself.
80:18 So we will not turn away from you. Revive us, and we will call on your name.
80:19 Turn us again, Yahweh God of Armies. Cause your face to shine, and we will be saved. Psalm 81 For the Chief Musician. On an instrument of Gath. By Asaph.

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