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Psalm 80; Psalm 81; Psalm 82; Psalm 83; Psalm 84; Psalm 85

1 Shepherd of Israel, listen to us. You lead the people of Joseph like a flock. You sit on your throne between the gold creatures with wings. Show your greatness 2 to the people of Ephraim, Benjamin, and Manasseh. Use your strength, and come to save us. 3 God, take us back. Show us your kindness so we can be saved. 4 Lord God All-Powerful, how long will you be angry at the prayers of your people? 5 You have fed your people with tears; you have made them drink many tears. 6 You made those around us fight over us, and our enemies make fun of us. 7 God All-Powerful, take us back. Show us your kindness so we can be saved. 8 You brought us out of Egypt as if we were a vine. You forced out other nations and planted us in the land. 9 You cleared the ground for us. Like a vine, we took root and filled the land. 10 We covered the mountains with our shade. We had limbs like the mighty cedar tree. 11 Our branches reached the Mediterranean Sea, and our shoots went to the Euphrates River. 12 So why did you pull down our walls? Now everyone who passes by steals from us. 13 Like wild pigs they walk over us; like wild animals they feed on us. 14 God All-Powerful, come back. Look down from heaven and see. Take care of us, your vine. 15 You planted this shoot with your own hands and strengthened this child. 16 Now it is cut down and burned with fire; you destroyed us by your angry looks. 17 With your hand, strengthen the one you have chosen for yourself. 18 Then we will not turn away from you. Give us life again, and we will call to you for help. 19 Lord God All-Powerful, take us back. Show us your kindness so we can be saved.
1 Sing for joy to God, our strength; shout out loud to the God of Jacob. 2 Begin the music. Play the tambourines. Play pleasant music on the harps and lyres. 3 Blow the trumpet at the time of the New Moon, when the moon is full, when our feast begins. 4 This is the law for Israel; it is the command of the God of Jacob. 5 He gave this rule to the people of Joseph when they went out of the land of Egypt. I heard a language I did not know, saying: 6 "I took the load off their shoulders; I let them put down their baskets. 7 When you were in trouble, you called, and I saved you. I answered you with thunder. I tested you at the waters of Meribah.Selah 8 My people, listen. I am warning you. Israel, please listen to me! 9 You must not have foreign gods; you must not worship any false god. 10 I, the Lord, am your God, who brought you out of Egypt. Open your mouth and I will feed you. 11 "But my people did not listen to me; Israel did not want me. 12 So I let them go their stubborn way and follow their own advice. 13 I wish my people would listen to me; I wish Israel would live my way. 14 Then I would quickly defeat their enemies and turn my hand against their foes. 15 Those who hate the Lord would bow before him. Their punishment would continue forever. 16 But I would give you the finest wheat and fill you with honey from the rocks." A psalm of Asaph.
1 God is in charge of the great meeting; he judges among the "gods." 2 He says, "How long will you defend evil people? How long will you show greater kindness to the wicked?Selah 3 Defend the weak and the orphans; defend the rights of the poor and suffering. 4 Save the weak and helpless; free them from the power of the wicked. 5 "You know nothing. You don't understand. You walk in the dark, while the world is falling apart. 6 I said, 'You are "gods." You are all sons of God Most High.' 7 But you will die like any other person; you will fall like all the leaders." 8 God, come and judge the earth, because you own all the nations. A song. A psalm of Asaph.
1 God, do not keep quiet; God, do not be silent or still. 2 Your enemies are making noises; those who hate you are getting ready to attack. 3 They are making secret plans against your people; they plot against those you love. 4 They say, "Come, let's destroy them as a nation. Then no one will ever remember the name 'Israel.'" 5 They are united in their plan. These have made an agreement against you: 6 the families of Edom and the Ishmaelites, Moab and the Hagrites, 7 the people of Byblos, Ammon, Amalek, Philistia, and Tyre. 8 Even Assyria has joined them to help Ammon and Moab, the descendants of Lot.Selah 9 God, do to them what you did to Midian, what you did to Sisera and Jabin at the Kishon River. 10 They died at Endor, and their bodies rotted on the ground. 11 Do to their important leaders what you did to Oreb and Zeeb. Do to their princes what you did to Zebah and Zalmunna. 12 They said, "Let's take for ourselves the pasturelands that belong to God." 13 My God, make them like tumbleweed, like chaff blown away by the wind. 14 Be like a fire that burns a forest or like flames that blaze through the hills. 15 Chase them with your storm, and frighten them with your wind. 16 Cover them with shame. Then people will look for you, Lord. 17 Make them afraid and ashamed forever. Disgrace them and destroy them. 18 Then they will know that you are the Lord, that only you are God Most High over all the earth.
1 Lord All-Powerful, how lovely is your Temple! 2 I want more than anything to be in the courtyards of the Lord's Temple. My whole being wants to be with the living God. 3 The sparrows have found a home, and the swallows have nests. They raise their young near your altars, Lord All-Powerful, my King and my God. 4 Happy are the people who live at your Temple; they are always praising you. Selah 5 Happy are those whose strength comes from you, who want to travel to Jerusalem. 6 As they pass through the Valley of Baca, they make it like a spring. The autumn rains fill it with pools of water. 7 The people get stronger as they go, and everyone meets with God in Jerusalem. 8 Lord God All-Powerful, hear my prayer; God of Jacob, listen to me. Selah 9 God, look at our shield; be kind to your appointed king. 10 One day in the courtyards of your Temple is better than a thousand days anywhere else. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the Temple of my God than live in the homes of the wicked. 11 The Lord God is like a sun and shield; the Lord gives us kindness and honor. He does not hold back anything good from those whose lives are innocent. 12 Lord All-Powerful, happy are the people who trust you!
1 Lord, you have been kind to your land; you brought back the people of Jacob. 2 You forgave the guilt of the people and covered all their sins. Selah 3 You stopped all your anger; you turned back from your strong anger. 4 God our Savior, bring us back again. Stop being angry with us. 5 Will you be angry with us forever? Will you stay angry from now on? 6 Won't you give us life again? Your people would rejoice in you. 7 Lord, show us your love, and save us. 8 I will listen to God the Lord. He has ordered peace for those who worship him. Don't let them go back to foolishness. 9 God will soon save those who respect him, and his glory will be seen in our land. 10 Love and truth belong to God's people; goodness and peace will be theirs. 11 On earth people will be loyal to God, and God's goodness will shine down from heaven. 12 The Lord will give his goodness, and the land will give its crops. 13 Goodness will go before God and prepare the way for him. A prayer of David.
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