July 22 – Psalms 79 and 80 from the New Testament

Psalms 79 and 80 – Psalm 79

A psalm of Asaph.

79:1 O God, foreigners have invaded your chosen land;

they have polluted your holy temple

and turned Jerusalem into a heap of ruins.

79:2 They have given the corpses of your servants

to the birds of the sky;

the flesh of your loyal followers

to the beasts of the earth.

79:3 They have made their blood flow like water

all around Jerusalem, and there is no one to bury them.

79:4 We have become an object of disdain to our neighbors;

those who live on our borders taunt and insult us.

79:5 How long will this go on, O Lord?

Will you stay angry forever?

How long will your rage burn like fire?

79:6 Pour out your anger on the nations that do not acknowledge you,

on the kingdoms that do not pray to you!

79:7 For they have devoured Jacob

and destroyed his home.

79:8 Do not hold us accountable for the sins of earlier generations!

Quickly send your compassion our way,

for we are in serious trouble!

79:9 Help us, O God, our deliverer!

For the sake of your glorious reputation, rescue us!

Forgive our sins for the sake of your reputation!

79:10 Why should the nations say, “Where is their God?”

Before our very eyes may the shed blood of your servants

be avenged among the nations!

79:11 Listen to the painful cries of the prisoners!

Use your great strength to set free those condemned to die!

79:12 Pay back our neighbors in full!

May they be insulted the same way they insulted you, O Lord!

79:13 Then we, your people, the sheep of your pasture,

will continually thank you.

We will tell coming generations of your praiseworthy acts.

Psalm 80

For the music director; according to the shushan-eduth style; a psalm of Asaph.

80:1 O shepherd of Israel, pay attention,

you who lead Joseph like a flock of sheep!

You who sit enthroned above the winged angels, reveal your splendor!

80:2 In the sight of Ephraim, Benjamin, and Manasseh reveal your power!

Come and deliver us!

80:3 O God, restore us!

Smile on us! Then we will be delivered!

80:4 O Lord God, invincible warrior!

How long will you remain angry at your people while they pray to you?

80:5 You have given them tears as food;

you have made them drink tears by the measure.

80:6 You have made our neighbors dislike us,

and our enemies insult us.

80:7 O God, invincible warrior, restore us!

Smile on us! Then we will be delivered!

80:8 You uprooted a vine from Egypt;

you drove out nations and transplanted it.

80:9 You cleared the ground for it;

it took root,

and filled the land.

80:10 The mountains were covered by its shadow,

the highest cedars by its branches.

80:11 Its branches reached the Mediterranean Sea,

and its shoots the Euphrates River.

80:12 Why did you break down its walls,

so that all who pass by pluck its fruit?

80:13 The wild boars of the forest ruin it;

the insects of the field feed on it.

80:14 O God, invincible warrior, come back!

Look down from heaven and take notice!

Take care of this vine,

80:15 the root your right hand planted,

the shoot you made to grow!

80:16 It is burned and cut down.

They die because you are displeased with them.

80:17 May you give support to the one you have chosen,

to the one whom you raised up for yourself!

80:18 Then we will not turn away from you.

Revive us and we will pray to you!

80:19 O Lord God, invincible warrior, restore us!

Smile on us! Then we will be delivered!

Leave a Reply