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   The Book of Psalms.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
Book III
God Implored to Rescue His People from Their Calamities
For the Chief Musician; set to Shoshannim 1 Eduth. A Psalm of Asaph.
[1]  GIVE ear, O Shepherd of Israel,
Thou that leadest Joseph like a flock;
Thou that sittest 2 above the cherubim, shine forth.
[2]  Before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh, stir up thy might,
And come to save us.
[3]  Turn us again, O God;
And cause thy face to shine, and we shall be saved.
[4]  O Jehovah God of hosts,
How long wilt 3 thou be angry against the prayer of thy people?
[5]  Thou hast fed them with the bread of tears,
And given them tears to drink in large measure.
[6]  Thou makest us a strife unto our neighbors;
And our enemies laugh among themselves.
[7]  Turn 4 us again, O God of hosts;
And cause thy face to shine, and we shall be saved.
[8]  Thou broughtest a vine out of Egypt:
Thou didst drive out the nations, and plantedst it.
[9]  Thou preparedst room before it,
And it took deep root, and filled the land.
[10]  The mountains were covered with the shadow of it,
And the 5 boughs thereof were like cedars 6 of God.
[11]  It sent out its branches unto the sea,
And its shoots unto the River.
[12]  Why hast thou broken down its walls,
So that all they that pass by the way do pluck it?
[13]  The boar out of the wood doth ravage it,
And the wild beasts of the field feed on it.
[14]  Turn again, we beseech thee, O God of hosts:
Look down from heaven, and behold, and visit this vine,
[15]  And the 7 stock which thy right hand planted,
And the branch 8 that thou madest strong for thyself.
[16]  It is burned with fire, it is cut down:
They perish at the rebuke of thy countenance.
[17]  Let thy hand be upon the man of thy right hand,
Upon the son of man whom thou madest strong for thyself.
[18]  So shall we not go back from thee:
Quicken thou us, and we will call upon thy name.
[19]  Turn us again, O Jehovah God of hosts;
Cause thy face to shine, and we shall be saved.
Note 1. That is, Lilies, a testimony. [back]
Note 2. Or, art enthroned. [back]
Note 3. Heb. wilt thou smoke. See Ps. 74. 1. [back]
Note 4. Or, Restore. [back]
Note 5. Or, the cedars of God with the boughs thereof. [back]
Note 6. Or, goodly cedars. [back]
Note 7. Or, protect (or, maintain) that which &c. [back]
Note 8. Heb. son. [back]

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