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80. Psalm 80

1Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel,

Thou that leadest Joseph like a flock;

Thou that asittest above the cherubim, shine forth.

2Before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh, stir up thy might,

And come to save us.

3aTurn us again, O God;

And cause thy face to shine, and we shall be saved.

4O Jehovah God of hosts,

How long awilt thou be angry against the prayer of thy people?

5Thou hast fed them with the bread of tears,

And given them tears to drink in large measure.

6Thou makest us a strife unto our neighbors;

And our enemies laugh among themselves.

7Turn us again, O God of hosts;

And cause thy face to shine, and we shall be saved.

8Thou broughtest a vine out of Egypt:

Thou didst drive out the nations, and plantedst it.

9Thou preparedst room before it,

And it took deep root, and filled the land.

10The mountains were covered with the shadow of it,

And athe boughs thereof were like acedars of God.

11It sent out its branches unto the sea,

And its shoots unto the River.

12Why hast thou broken down its walls,

So that all they that pass by the way do pluck it?

13The boar out of the wood doth ravage it,

And the wild beasts of the field feed on it.

14Turn again, we beseech thee, O God of hosts:

Look down from heaven, and behold, and visit this vine,

15And athe stock which thy right hand planted,

And the abranch that thou madest strong for thyself.

16It is burned with fire, it is cut down:

They perish at the rebuke of thy countenance.

17Let thy hand be upon the man of thy right hand,

Upon the son of man whom thou madest strong for thyself.

18So shall we not go back from thee:

Quicken thou us, and we will call upon thy name.

19aTurn us again, O Jehovah God of hosts;

Cause thy face to shine, and we shall be saved.

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14. Return, I beseech thee, O God of Hosts! In these words it is intended to teach, that we ought not to yield to temptation although God should hide his face from us for a time, yea even although to the eye of sense and reason he should seem to be alienated from us. For, provided he is sought in the confident expectation of his showing mercy, he will become reconciled, and receive into his favor those whom he seemed to have cast off. It was a distinguished honor for the seed of Abraham to be accounted the vineyard of God; but while the faithful adduce this consideration as an argument for obtaining the favor of God, instead of bringing forward any claims of their own, they only beseech him not to cease to exercise his accustomed liberality towards them. The words, from heaven, have, no doubt, been introduced, that the faithful might find no difficulty in extending their faith to a distance, although God, from whom they had departed, was far from them; and, farther that if they saw no prospect of deliverance upon earth, they might lift up their eyes to heaven.




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