1 To the chief Musician upon Shoshannimeduth, A Psalm of Asaph. Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, thou that leadest Joseph like a flock; thou that dwellest between the cherubim, shine forth. of: or, for
2 Before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh stir up thy strength, and come and save us. come…: Heb. come for salvation to us
3 Restore us again, O God, and cause thy face to shine; and we shall be saved.
4 O LORD God of hosts, how long wilt thou be angry against the prayer of thy people? be…: Heb. smoke
5 Thou feedest them with the bread of tears; and givest them tears to drink in great measure.
6 Thou makest us a strife to our neighbours: and our enemies laugh among themselves.
7 Restore us again, O God of hosts, and cause thy face to shine; and we shall be saved.
8 Thou hast brought a vine out of Egypt: thou hast cast out the heathen, and planted it.
9 Thou didst prepare room before it, and didst cause it to take deep root, and it filled the land.
10 The hills were covered with its shadow, and its boughs were like the goodly cedars. goodly…: Heb. cedars of God
11 She sent out her boughs to the sea, and her branches to the river.
12 Why hast thou then broke down her hedges, so that all they who pass by the way do pluck her?
13 The boar from the forest doth waste it, and the wild beast of the field doth devour it.
14 Return, we beseech thee, O God of hosts: look down from heaven, and behold, and visit this vine;
15 And the vineyard which thy right hand planted, and the branch that thou madest strong for thyself.
16 It is burnt 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 will we not go back from thee: revive us, and we will call upon thy name.
19 Restore us again, O LORD God of hosts, cause thy face to shine; and we shall be saved.