God Implored to Rescue His People from Their Calamities.
For the choir director; set to El Shoshannim; Eduth. A Psalm of Asaph.
1Oh, give ear, Shepherd of Israel,
You who lead Joseph like a flock;
You who are enthroned above the cherubim, shine forth!
2Before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh, stir up Your power
And come to save us!
3O God, restore us
And cause Your face to shine upon us, and we will be saved.
4O Lord God of hosts,
How long will You be angry with the prayer of Your people?
5You have fed them with the bread of tears,
And You have made them to drink tears in large measure.
6You make us #Lit a strife toan object of contention to our neighbors,
And our enemies laugh among themselves.
7O God of hosts, restore us
And cause Your face to shine upon us, #Or that we mayand we will be saved.
8You removed a vine from Egypt;
You drove out the nations and planted it.
9You cleared the ground before it,
And it took deep root and filled the land.
10The mountains were covered with its shadow,
And the cedars of God with its boughs.
11It was sending out its branches to the sea
And its shoots to the River.
12Why have You broken down its hedges,
So that all who pass that way pick its fruit?
13A boar from the forest eats it away
And whatever moves in the field feeds on it.
14O God of hosts, turn again now, we beseech You;
Look down from heaven and see, and take care of this vine,
15Even the shoot which Your right hand has planted,
And on the son whom You have strengthened for Yourself.
16It is burned with fire, it is cut down;
They perish at the rebuke of Your countenance.
17Let Your hand be upon the man of Your right hand,
Upon the son of man whom You made strong for Yourself.
18Then we shall not turn back from You;
Revive us, and we will call upon Your name.
19O Lord God of hosts, restore us;
Cause Your face to shine upon us, and we will be saved.