Listen, Shepherd, Israel's Shepherd - get all your Joseph sheep together. Throw beams of light from your dazzling throne
So Ephraim, Benjamin, and Manasseh can see where they're going. Get out of bed - you've slept long enough! Come on the run before it's too late.
God, come back! Smile your blessing smile: That will be our salvation.
God, God of the angel armies, how long will you smolder like a sleeping volcano while your people call for fire and brimstone?
You put us on a diet of tears, bucket after bucket of salty tears to drink.
You make us look ridiculous to our friends; our enemies poke fun day after day.
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)