1 «To the chief Musician upon Shoshannimeduth, A Psalm of Asaph.» Give ear,This Psalm was made as a prayer to desire God to be merciful to the ten tribes.O Shepherd of Israel, thou that leadest Joseph like a flock; thou that dwellest [between] theMove their hearts, that they may return to worship God properly, that is, in the place you have appointed.cherubims, shine forth.
2 Before Ephraim and Beniamin and Manasseh stirre vp thy strength, and come to helpe vs.
3 Join your whole people, and all your tribes together again.Turn 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 beThe faithful fear God's anger, when they perceive that their prayers are not heard immediately.angry against the prayer of thy people?
5 Thou hast fedde them with the bread of teares, and giuen them teares to drinke with great measure.
6 Thou makest us aOur neighbours have continual strife and war against us.strife unto our neighbours: and our enemies laugh among themselves.
7 Because recompence only comes from God, they most instantly and repeatedly call on God for it is a means by which they shall be saved.Turn us again, O God of hosts, and cause thy face to shine; and we shall be saved.
8 Thou hast brought aSeeing that from your mercy you have made us a most dear possession to you, and we through our sins are made open for wild beasts to devour us, declare again my love and finish the work that you have begun.vine out of Egypt: thou hast cast out the heathen, and planted it.
9 Thou madest roume for it, and didest cause it to take roote, and it filled the land.
10 The mountaines were couered with the shadowe of it, and the boughes thereof were like the goodly cedars.
11 She sent out her boughs unto the sea, and her branches unto theThat is, Euphrates.river.
12 Why hast thou then broken downe her hedges, so that all they, which passe by the way, haue plucked her?
13 TheThat is, they who hate our religion, as well as they who hate our persons.boar out of the wood doth waste it, and the wild beast of the field doth devour it.
14 Return, we beseech thee, O God of hosts: look downThey gave no place to temptation, knowing that even though there was no help in earth, yet God was able to help them from heaven.from heaven, and behold, and visit this vine;
15 And the vineyard which thy right hand hath planted, and the branch [that] thou madestSo that no power can prevail against it, and which as a young bud you raised up again as out of the burnt ashes.strong for thyself.
16 [It is] burned with fire, [it is] cut down: they perish at theOnly when you are angry and not of the sword of the enemy.rebuke of thy countenance.
17 Let thy hand be upon theThat is, on this vine or people, whom you have planted with your right hand, that they should be as one man or one bodyman of thy right hand, upon the son of man [whom] thou madest strong for thyself.
18 So will not we go back from thee:For no one can call on God but such as are raised up as it were from death to life, and regenerate by the Holy Spirit.quicken us, and we will call upon thy name.
19 Turne vs againe, O Lorde God of hostes: cause thy face to shine and we shalbe saued.