An Asaph Psalm 80 1Listen, Shepherd, Israel’s Shepherd— get all your Joseph sheep together. Throw beams of light from your dazzling throne 2So Ephraim, Benjamin, and Manasseh can see where they’re going. Get out of bed—you’ve slept long enough! Come on the run before it’s too late. 3God, come back! Smile your blessing smile: That will be our salvation. 4God, God–of–the–Angel–Armies, how long will you smolder like a sleeping volcano while your people call for fire and brimstone? 5You put us on a diet of tears, bucket after bucket of salty tears to drink. 6You make us look ridiculous to our friends; our enemies poke fun day after day. 7God–of–the–Angel–Armies, come back! Smile your blessing smile: That will be our salvation. 8Remember how you brought a young vine from Egypt, cleared out the brambles and briers and planted your very own vineyard? 9You prepared the good earth, you planted her roots deep; the vineyard filled the land. 10Your vine soared high and shaded the mountains, even dwarfing the giant cedars. 11Your vine ranged west to the Sea, east to the River. 12So why do you no longer protect your vine? Trespassers pick its grapes at will; 13Wild pigs crash through and crush it, and the mice nibble away at what’s left. 14God–of–the–Angel–Armies, turn our way! Take a good look at what’s happened and attend to this vine. 15Care for what you once tenderly planted— the vine you raised from a shoot. 16And those who dared to set it on fire— give them a look that will kill! 17Then take the hand of your once–favorite child, the child you raised to adulthood. 18We will never turn our back on you; breathe life into our lungs so we can shout your name! 19God, God–of–the–Angel–Armies, come back! Smile your blessing smile: That will be our salvation.
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