Psalm 80

[A psalm by Asaph for the music leader. To the tune “Lilies of the Agreement.”]
Help Our Nation

1 Shepherd of Israel, you lead
        the descendants of Joseph,
    and you sit on your throne
        above the winged creatures.
    Listen to our prayer
        and let your light shine
2 for the tribes of Ephraim,
    Benjamin, and Manasseh.
        Save us by your power.

3 Our God, make us strong again!
        Smile on us and save us.

4 Lord God All-Powerful,
        how much longer
    will the prayers of your people
        make you angry?
5 You gave us tears for food,
    and you made us drink them
        by the bowlful.
6 Because of you,
    our enemies who live nearby
        laugh and joke about us.
7 But if you smile on us,
        we will be saved.

8 We were like a grapevine
        you brought out of Egypt.
    You chased other nations away
        and planted us here.
9 Then you cleared the ground,
    and we put our roots deep,
        spreading over the land.
10 Shade from this vine covered
        the mountains.
    Its branches
    the mighty cedars
11    and stretched to the sea;
    its new growth reached
        to the river.

12 Our Lord, why have you
     torn down the wall
        from around the vineyard?
     You let everyone who walks by
        pick the grapes.
13 Now the vine is gobbled down
     by pigs from the forest
        and other wild animals.

14 God All-Powerful,
        please do something!
     Look down from heaven
     and see what’s happening
        to this vine.
15 With your own hands
        you planted its roots,
    and you raised it
        as your very own.

16 Enemies chopped the vine down
        and set it on fire.
     Now show your anger
        and destroy them.
17 But help the one who sits
        at your right side,
     the one you raised
        to be your own.
18 Then we will never turn away.
     Put new life into us,
        and we will worship you.

19 Lord God All-Powerful,
    make us strong again!
        Smile on us and save us.

The Contemporary English Version c1995 by the American Bible Society.
Selected texts provided for use with the Hypertext Bible Commentary