Prayer for God's Mercy upon the Nation.

1 O LORD, You showed 1favor to Your land; You 2restored the captivity of Jacob.

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    • a 85:1 - Or "restore the fortunes"
      2 You 3forgave the iniquity of Your people; You 4covered all their sin. Selah.

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        • b 85:2 - "Selah" may mean: "Pause, Crescendo" or "Musical interlude"
          3 You 5withdrew all Your fury; You 6turned away from Your burning anger.

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          4 7Restore us, O God of our salvation, And 8cause Your indignation toward us to cease.

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          5 Will 9You be angry with us forever? Will You prolong Your anger to all generations?

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            • c 85:5 - Lit "generation and generation"
              6 Will You not Yourself 10revive us again, That Your people may 11rejoice in You?

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                • d 85:6 - Or "bring to life"
                  7 Show us Your lovingkindness, O LORD, And 12grant us Your salvation.

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                  8 I will hear what God the LORD will say; For He will 13speak peace to His people, to His godly ones; But let them not 14turn back to folly.

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                    • e 85:8 - Or "Let me hear"
                    • f 85:8 - Lit "even to"
                    • g 85:8 - Or "stupidity"
                      9 Surely 15His salvation is near to those who fear Him, That 16glory may dwell in our land.

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                      10 17Lovingkindness and truth have met together; 18Righteousness and peace have kissed each other.

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                        • i 85:10 - Or "faithfulness"
                          11 Truth 19springs from the earth, And righteousness looks down from heaven.

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                            • j 85:11 - Or "Faithfulness"
                              12 Indeed, 20the LORD will give what is good, And our 21land will yield its produce.

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                              13 22Righteousness will go before Him And will make His footsteps into a way.

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