GOD'S WORD® Translation
1[For the choir director; according to [shoshannim eduth]; by Asaph; a psalm.] Open your ears, O Shepherd of Israel, the one who leads [the descendants of] Joseph like sheep, the one who is enthroned over the angels.
2Appear in front of Ephraim, Benjamin, and Manasseh. Wake up your power, and come to save us.
3O God, restore us and smile on us so that we may be saved.
4O LORD God, commander of armies, how long will you smolder in anger against the prayer of your people?
5You made them eat tears as food. You often made them drink [their own] tears.
6You made us a source of conflict to our neighbors, and our enemies made fun of us.
7O God, commander of armies, restore us and smile on us so that we may be saved.
8You brought a vine from Egypt. You forced out the nations and planted it.
9You cleared the ground for it so that it took root and filled the land.
10Its shade covered the mountains. Its branches covered the mighty cedars.
11It reached out with its branches to the Mediterranean Sea. Its shoots reached the Euphrates River.
12Why did you break down the stone fences around this vine? All who pass by are picking its fruit.
13Wild boars from the forest graze on it. Wild animals devour it.
14O God, commander of armies, come back! Look from heaven and see! Come to help this vine.
15Take care of what your right hand planted, the son you strengthened for yourself.
16The vine has been cut down and burned. Let them be destroyed by the threatening look on your face.
17Let your power rest on the man you have chosen, the son of man you strengthened for yourself.
18Then we will never turn away from you. Give us life again, and we will call on you.
19O LORD God, commander of armies, restore us, and smile on us so that we may be saved.
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