New International Reader's Version

Psalm 80

Psalm 80

For the director of music. A psalm of Asaph to the tune of “The Lilies of the Covenant.”

Shepherd of Israel, hear us.
    You lead the people of Joseph like a flock.
    You sit on your throne between the cherubim.
Show your glory
    to the people of Ephraim, Benjamin and Manasseh.
Call your strength into action.
    Come and save us.

God, make us new again.
    May you be pleased with us.
    Then we will be saved.

Lord God, you rule over all.
    How long will you be angry?
    Will you be angry with your people even when they pray to you?
You have given us tears as our food.
    You have made us drink tears by the bowlful.
You have let our neighbors mock us.
    Our enemies laugh at us.

God who rules over all, make us new again.
    May you be pleased with us.
    Then we will be saved.

You brought Israel out of Egypt.
    Israel was like a vine.
After you drove the nations out of Canaan,
    you planted the vine in their land.
You prepared the ground for it.
    It took root and spread out over the whole land.
10 The mountains were covered with its shade.
    The shade of its branches covered the mighty cedar trees.
11 Your vine sent its branches out all the way to the Mediterranean Sea.
    They reached as far as the Euphrates River.

12 Why have you broken down the walls around your vine?
    Now all who pass by it can pick its grapes.
13 Wild pigs from the forest destroy it.
    Insects from the fields feed on it.
14 God who rules over all, return to us!
    Look down from heaven and see us!
Watch over your vine.
15     Guard the root you have planted with your powerful right hand.
    Take care of the branch you have raised up for yourself.

16 Your vine has been cut down and burned in the fire.
    You have been angry with us, and we are dying.
17 May you honor the people at your right hand.
    May you honor the nation you have raised up for yourself.
18 Then we won’t turn away from you.
    Give us new life. We will worship you.

19 Lord God who rules over all, make us new again.
    May you be pleased with us.
    Then we will be saved.

The Message

Psalm 80

An Asaph Psalm

11-2 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.

4-6 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.

God-of-the-Angel-Armies, come back!
    Smile your blessing smile:
        That will be our salvation.

8-18 Remember how you brought a young vine from Egypt,
    cleared out the brambles and briers
    and planted your very own vineyard?
You prepared the good earth,
    you planted her roots deep;
    the vineyard filled the land.
Your vine soared high and shaded the mountains,
    even dwarfing the giant cedars.
Your vine ranged west to the Sea,
    east to the River.
So why do you no longer protect your vine?
    Trespassers pick its grapes at will;
Wild pigs crash through and crush it,
    and the mice nibble away at what’s left.
God-of-the-Angel-Armies, turn our way!
    Take a good look at what’s happened
    and attend to this vine.
Care for what you once tenderly planted—
    the vine you raised from a shoot.
And those who dared to set it on fire—
    give them a look that will kill!
Then take the hand of your once-favorite child,
    the child you raised to adulthood.
We will never turn our back on you;
    breathe life into our lungs so we can shout your name!

19 God, God-of-the-Angel-Armies, come back!
    Smile your blessing smile:
    That will be our salvation.