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A Prayer for Restoration
For the choir director: according to “The Lilies.” # Possibly a tune; Pss 45; 60; 69 A testimony of Asaph. # 1Ch 16:5,7 A psalm.
1Listen, Shepherd of Israel,
who leads Joseph like a flock; # Ezk 34:11,16,31
You who sit enthroned on the cherubim, # Ps 99:1
rise up # Ps 44:26
2before Ephraim,
Benjamin, and Manasseh. # This is the marching order for the camp of Israel. # Nm 2:17-24
Rally Your power and come to save us. # Ps 35:23; 106:47; 118:25
3Restore us, God;
look on us with favor,
and we will be saved. # Ps 60:1; 85:4; Lm 5:21
4Lord God of Hosts,
how long will You be angry
with Your people’s prayers? # Ps 74:10; 79:5; 85:5
5You fed them the bread of tears
and gave them a full measure # Lit a one-third measure
of tears to drink. # Ps 102:9; Is 30:20; Hs 9:4
6You make us quarrel with our neighbors;
our enemies make fun of us. # Ps 44:13; 79:4
7Restore us, God of Hosts;
look on us with favor, and we will be saved. # Ps 60:1; Lm 5:21
8You uprooted a vine from Egypt;
You drove out the nations and planted it. # Jr 2:21; 32:41
9You cleared a place for it;
it took root and filled the land. # Am 9:15
10The mountains were covered by its shade,
and the mighty cedars # Lit the cedars of God with its branches. # Ezk 17:22-24
11It sent out sprouts toward the Sea # = the Mediterranean
and shoots toward the River. # = the Euphrates # Ex 23:31; Dt 11:24; Ps 72:8
12Why have You broken down its walls
so that all who pass by pick its fruit? # Ps 89:40; Is 5:5
13The boar from the forest tears it
and creatures of the field feed on it. # Jr 5:6
14Return, God of Hosts. # Ps 6:4; 90:13
Look down from heaven and see;
take care of this vine,
15the root # Hb obscure Your right hand has planted,
the shoot # Or son that You made strong for Yourself. # Is 63:15
16It was cut down and burned up; # Lit burned with fire
they # Or may they perish at the rebuke of Your countenance. # Ps 39:11; 76:6; Is 33:12
17Let Your hand be with the man at Your right hand,
with the son of man
You have made strong for Yourself. # Ps 89:21
18Then we will not turn away from You;
revive us, and we will call on Your name. # Ps 71:20; 85:6
19Restore us, Yahweh, the God of Hosts; # Ps 60:1; 85:4; Lm 5:21
look on us with favor, and we will be saved. # Mal 1:9

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