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A Prayer to Bring Israel Back
For the director of music. To the tune of “Lilies of the Agreement.” A psalm of Asaph.
1Shepherd 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 2to the people of Ephraim, Benjamin, and Manasseh.
Use your strength,
and come to save us.
3God, take us back.
Show us your kindness so we can be saved.
4Lord God All-Powerful,
how long will you be angry
at the prayers of your people?
5You have fed your people with tears;
you have made them drink many tears.
6You made those around us fight over us,
and our enemies make fun of us.
7God All-Powerful, take us back.
Show us your kindness so we can be saved.
8You brought us out of Egypt as if we were a vine.
You forced out other nations and planted us in the land.
9You cleared the ground for us.
Like a vine, we took root and filled the land.
10We covered the mountains with our shade.
We had limbs like the mighty cedar tree.
11Our branches reached the Mediterranean Sea,
and our shoots went to the Euphrates River.
12So why did you pull down our walls?
Now everyone who passes by steals from us.
13Like wild pigs they walk over us;
like wild animals they feed on us.
14God All-Powerful, come back.
Look down from heaven and see.
Take care of us, your vine.
15You planted this shoot with your own hands
and strengthened this child.
16Now it is cut down and burned with fire;
you destroyed us by your angry looks.
17With your hand,
strengthen the one you have chosen for yourself.
18Then we will not turn away from you.
Give us life again, and we will call to you for help.
19Lord God All-Powerful, take us back.
Show us your kindness so we can be saved.
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