Psalms 80-84 - God's Goodness and Israel's Waywardness

Psalm 80

God Implored to Rescue His People

from Their Calamities.

For the choir director; set to El Shoshannim;

Eduth. A Psalm of Asaph.

1 Oh, give ear, Shepherd of Israel,

You who lead Joseph like a flock;

You who are enthroned above the

cherubim, shine forth!

2 Before Ephraim and Benjamin and

Manasseh, stir up Your power

And come to save us!

3 O God, restore us

And cause Your face to shine upon us,

and we will be saved.

4 O LORD God of hosts,

How long will You be angry with the

prayer of Your people?

5 You have fed them with the bread

of tears,

And You have made them to drink

tears in large measure.

6 You make us an object of contention

to our neighbors,

And our enemies laugh among themselves.

7 O God of hosts, restore us

And cause Your face to shine upon us,

and we will be saved.

8 You removed a vine from Egypt;

You drove out the nations and planted it.

9 You cleared the ground before it,

And it took deep root and filled the land.

10 The mountains were covered with its


And the cedars of God with its boughs.

11 It was sending out its branches to the sea

And its shoots to the River.

12 Why have You broken down its hedges,

So that all who pass that way pick its fruit?

13 A boar from the forest eats it away

And whatever moves in the field feeds on it.

14 O God of hosts, turn again now, we

beseech You;

Look down from heaven and see, and

take care of this vine,

15 Even the shoot which Your right hand

has planted,

And on the son whom You have strengthened

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 Then we shall not turn back from You;

Revive us, and we will call upon Your name.

19 O LORD God of hosts, restore us;

Cause Your face to shine upon us, and we

will be saved.

Psalm 81

God's Goodness and Israel's Waywardness.

For the choir director; on the Gittith.

A Psalm of Asaph.

1 Sing for joy to God our strength;

Shout joyfully to the God of Jacob.

2 Raise a song, strike the timbrel,

The sweet sounding lyre with the harp.

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 God of Jacob.

5 He established it for a testimony in Joseph

When he went throughout the land of Egypt.

I heard a language that I did not know:

6 "I relieved his shoulder of the burden,

His hands were freed from the basket.

7 "You called in trouble and I rescued you;

I answered you in the hiding place of thunder;

I proved you at the waters of Meribah.


8 "Hear, O My people, and I will admonish


O Israel, if you would listen to Me!

9 "Let there be no strange god among you;

Nor shall you worship any foreign god.

10 "I, the LORD, am your God,

Who brought you up from the land of Egypt;

Open your mouth wide and I will fill it.

11 "But My people did not listen to My voice,

And Israel did not obey Me.

12 "So I gave them over to the stubbornness

of their heart,

To walk in their own devices.

13 "Oh that My people would listen to Me,

That Israel would walk in My ways!

14 "I would quickly subdue their enemies

And turn My hand against their adversaries.

15 "Those who hate the LORD would pretend

obedience to Him,

And their time of punishment would be forever.

16 "But I would feed you with the finest of

the wheat,

And with honey from the rock I would satisfy


Psalm 82

Unjust Judgments Rebuked.

Psalm of Asaph.

1 God takes His stand in His own


He judges in the midst of the rulers.

2 How long will you judge unjustly

And show partiality to the wicked?


3 Vindicate the weak and fatherless;

Do justice to the afflicted and destitute.

4 Rescue the weak and needy;

Deliver them out of the hand of the wicked.

5 They do not know nor do they understand;

They walk about in darkness;

All the foundations of the earth are shaken.

6 I said, "You are gods,

And all of you are sons of the Most High.

7 "Nevertheless you will die like men

And fall like any one of the princes."

8 Arise, O God, judge the earth!

For it is You who possesses all the nations.

Psalm 83

God Implored to Confound His Enemies.

Song, a Psalm of Asaph.

1 O God, do not remain quiet;

Do not be silent and, O God, do not be still.

2 For behold, Your enemies make an uproar,

And those who hate You have exalted


3 They make shrewd plans against Your


And conspire together against Your

treasured ones.

4 They have said, "Come, and let us wipe

them out as a nation,

That the name of Israel be remembered

no more."

5 For they have conspired together with

one mind;

Against You they make a covenant:

6 The tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites,

Moab and the Hagrites;

7 Gebal and Ammon and Amalek,

Philistia with the inhabitants of Tyre;

8 Assyria also has joined with them;

They have become a help to the children

of Lot. Selah.

9 Deal with them as with Midian,

As with Sisera and Jabin at the torrent

of Kishon,

10 Who were destroyed at En-dor,

Who became as dung for the ground.

11 Make their nobles like Oreb and Zeeb

And all their princes like Zebah and


12 Who said, "Let us possess for

ourselves The pastures of God."

13 O my God, make them like the

whirling dust,

Like chaff before the wind. 14

Like fire that burns the forest

And like a flame that sets the mountains

on fire,

15 So pursue them with Your tempest

And terrify them with Your storm.

16 Fill their faces with dishonor,

That they may seek Your name, O LORD.

17 Let them be ashamed and dismayed


And let them be humiliated and perish,

18 That they may know that You alone,

whose name is the LORD,

Are the Most High over all the earth.

Psalm 84

Longing for the Temple Worship.

For the choir director; on the Gittith.

A Psalm of the sons of Korah.

1 How lovely are Your dwelling places,

O LORD of hosts!

2 My soul longed and even yearned

for the courts of the LORD;

My heart and my flesh sing for joy to

the living God.

3 The bird also has found a house,

And the swallow a nest for herself, where

she may lay her young,

Even Your altars, O LORD of hosts,

My King and my God.

4 How blessed are those who dwell in

Your house!

They are ever praising You. Selah.

5 How blessed is the man whose strength

is in You,

In whose heart are the highways to Zion!

6 Passing through the valley of Baca they

make it a spring;

The early rain also covers it with blessings.

7 They go from strength to strength,

Every one of them appears before God

in Zion.

8 O LORD God of hosts, hear my prayer;

Give ear, O God of Jacob! Selah.

9 Behold our shield, O God,

And look upon the face of Your anointed.

10 For a day in Your courts is better than

a thousand outside.

I would rather stand at the threshold of the

house of my God

Than dwell in the tents of wickedness.

11 For the LORD God is a sun and shield;

The LORD gives grace and glory;

No good thing does He withhold from those

who walk uprightly.

12 O LORD of hosts,

How blessed is the man who trusts in You!

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