Psalms 76 Through 80 (AMPC) Posted on 17 Sep 08:00 , 0 comments

Psalm 76-80 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC) Psalm 76 To the Chief Musician; on stringed instruments. A Psalm of Asaph. A song. 1 In Judah God is known and renowned; His name is highly praised and is great in Israel. 2 In [Jeru]Salem also is His tabernacle, and His dwelling place is in Zion. 3 There He broke the bow’s flashing arrows, the shield, the sword, and the weapons of war. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]! 4 Glorious and excellent are You from the mountains of prey [splendid and majestic, more than the everlasting mountains]. 5 The stouthearted are stripped of their spoil, they have slept the sleep [of death]; and none of the men of might could raise their hands. 6 At Your rebuke, O God of Jacob, both chariot [rider] and horse are cast into a dead sleep [of death]. 7 You, even You, are to be feared [with awe and reverence]! Who may stand in Your presence when once Your anger is roused? 8 You caused sentence to be heard from heaven; the earth feared and was still— 9 When God arose to [establish] judgment, to save all the meek and oppressed of the earth. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]! 10 Surely the wrath of man shall praise You; the remainder of wrath shall You restrain and gird and arm Yourself with it. 11 Vow and pay to the Lord your God; let all who are round about Him bring presents to Him Who ought to be [reverently] feared. 12 He will cut off the spirit [of pride and fury] of princes; He is terrible to the [ungodly] kings of the earth. Psalm 77 To the Chief Musician; after the manner of Jeduthun [one of David’s three chief musicians, founder of an official musical family]. A Psalm of Asaph. 1 I will cry to God with my voice, even to God with my voice, and He will give ear and hearken to me. 2 In the day of my trouble I seek (inquire of and desperately require) the Lord; in the night my hand is stretched out [in prayer] without slacking up; I refuse to be comforted. 3 I [earnestly] remember God; I am disquieted and I groan; I muse in prayer, and my spirit faints [overwhelmed]. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]! 4 You hold my eyes from closing; I am so troubled that I cannot speak. 5 I consider the days of old, the years of bygone times [of prosperity]. 6 I call to remembrance my song in the night; with my heart I meditate and my spirit searches diligently: 7 Will the Lord cast off forever? And will He be favorable no more? 8 Have His mercy and loving-kindness ceased forever? Have His promises ended for all time? 9 Has God [deliberately] abandoned or forgotten His graciousness? Has He in anger shut up His compassion? Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]! 10 And I say, This [apparent desertion of Israel by God] is my appointed lot and trial, but I will recall the years of the right hand of the Most High [in loving-kindness extended toward us], for this is my grief, that the right hand of the Most High changes. 11 I will [earnestly] recall the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will [earnestly] remember the wonders [You performed for our fathers] of old. 12 I will meditate also upon all Your works and consider all Your [mighty] deeds. 13 Your way, O God, is in the sanctuary [in holiness, away from sin and guilt]. Who is a great God like our God? 14 You are the God Who does wonders; You have demonstrated Your power among the peoples. 15 You have with Your [mighty] arm redeemed Your people, the sons of Jacob and Joseph. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]! 16 When the waters [at the Red Sea and the Jordan] saw You, O God, they were afraid; the deep shuddered also, for [all] the waters saw You. 17 The clouds poured down water, the skies sent out a sound [of rumbling thunder]; Your arrows went forth [in forked lightning]. 18 The voice of Your thunder was in the whirlwind, the lightnings illumined the world; the earth trembled and shook. 19 Your way [in delivering Your people] was through the sea, and Your paths through the great waters, yet Your footsteps were not traceable, but were obliterated. 20 You led Your people like a flock by the hand of Moses and Aaron. Psalm 78 A skillful song, or a didactic or reflective poem, of Asaph. 1 Give ear, O my people, to my teaching; incline your ears to the words of my mouth. 2 I will open my mouth in a parable (in instruction by numerous examples); I will utter dark sayings of old [that hide important truth]— 3 Which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us. 4 We will not hide them from their children, but we will tell to the generation to come the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, and His might, and the wonderful works that He has performed. 5 For He established a testimony (an express precept) in Jacob and appointed a law in Israel, commanding our fathers that they should make [the great facts of God’s dealings with Israel] known to their children, 6 That the generation to come might know them, that the children still to be born might arise and recount them to their children, 7 That they might set their hope in God and not forget the works of God, but might keep His commandments 8 And might not be as their fathers—a stubborn and rebellious generation, a generation that set not their hearts aright nor prepared their hearts to know God, and whose spirits were not steadfast and faithful to God. 9 The children of Ephraim were armed and carrying bows, yet they turned back in the day of battle. 10 They kept not the covenant of God and refused to walk according to His law 11 And forgot His works and His wonders that He had shown them. 12 Marvelous things did He in the sight of their fathers in the land of Egypt, in the field of Zoan [where Pharaoh resided]. 13 He divided the [Red] Sea and caused them to pass through it, and He made the waters stand like a heap. 14 In the daytime also He led them with a [pillar of] cloud and all the night with a light of fire. 15 He split rocks in the wilderness and gave them drink abundantly as out of the deep. 16 He brought streams also out of the rock [at Rephidim and Kadesh] and caused waters to run down like rivers. 17 Yet they still went on to sin against Him by provoking and rebelling against the Most High in the wilderness (in the land of drought). 18 And they tempted God in their hearts by asking for food according to their [selfish] desire and appetite. 19 Yes, they spoke against God; they said, Can God furnish [the food for] a table in the wilderness? 20 Behold, He did smite the rock so that waters gushed out and the streams overflowed; but can He give bread also? Can He provide flesh for His people? 21 Therefore, when the Lord heard, He was [full of] wrath; a fire was kindled against Jacob, His anger mounted up against Israel, 22 Because in God they believed not [they relied not on Him, they adhered not to Him], and they trusted not in His salvation (His power to save). 23 Yet He commanded the clouds above and opened the doors of heaven; 24 And He rained down upon them manna to eat and gave them heaven’s grain. 25 Everyone ate the bread of the mighty [man ate angels’ food]; God sent them meat in abundance. 26 He let forth the east wind to blow in the heavens, and by His power He guided the south wind. 27 He rained flesh also upon them like the dust, and winged birds [quails] like the sand of the seas. 28 And He let [the birds] fall in the midst of their camp, round about their tents. 29 So they ate and were well filled; He gave them what they craved and lusted after. 30 But scarce had they stilled their craving, and while their meat was yet in their mouths, 31 The wrath of God came upon them and slew the strongest and sturdiest of them and smote down Israel’s chosen youth. 32 In spite of all this, they sinned still more, for they believed not in (relied not on and adhered not to Him for) His wondrous works. 33 Therefore their days He consumed like a breath [in emptiness, falsity, and futility] and their years in terror and sudden haste. 34 When He slew [some of] them, [the remainder] inquired after Him diligently, and they repented and sincerely sought God [for a time]. 35 And they [earnestly] remembered that God was their Rock, and the Most High God their Redeemer. 36 Nevertheless they flattered Him with their mouths and lied to Him with their tongues. 37 For their hearts were not right or sincere with Him, neither were they faithful and steadfast to His covenant. 38 But He, full of [merciful] compassion, forgave their iniquity and destroyed them not; yes, many a time He turned His anger away and did not stir up all His wrath and indignation. 39 For He [earnestly] remembered that they were but flesh, a wind that goes and does not return. 40 How often they defied and rebelled against Him in the wilderness and grieved Him in the desert! 41 And time and again they turned back and tempted God, provoking and incensing the Holy One of Israel. 42 They remembered not [seriously the miracles of the working of] His hand, nor the day when He delivered them from the enemy, 43 How He wrought His miracles in Egypt and His wonders in the field of Zoan [where Pharaoh resided] 44 And turned their rivers into blood, and their streams, so that they could not drink from them. 45 He sent swarms of [venomous] flies among them which devoured them, and frogs which destroyed them. 46 He gave also their crops to the caterpillar and [the fruit of] their labor to the locust. 47 He destroyed their vines with hail and their sycamore trees with frost and [great chunks of] ice. 48 He [caused them to shut up their cattle or] gave them up also to the hail and their flocks to hot thunderbolts. 49 He let loose upon them the fierceness of His anger, His wrath and indignation and distress, by sending [a mission of] angels of calamity and woe among them. 50 He leveled and made a straight path for His anger [to give it free course]; He did not spare [the Egyptian families] from death but gave their beasts over to the pestilence and the life [of their eldest] over to the plague. 51 He smote all the firstborn in Egypt, the chief of their strength in the tents [of the land of the sons] of Ham. 52 But [God] led His own people forth like sheep and guided them [with a shepherd’s care] like a flock in the wilderness. 53 And He led them on safely and in confident trust, so that they feared not; but the sea overwhelmed their enemies. 54 And He brought them to His holy border, the border of [Canaan] His sanctuary, even to this mountain [Zion] which His right hand had acquired. 55 He drove out the nations also before [Israel] and allotted their land as a heritage, measured out and partitioned; and He made the tribes of Israel to dwell in the tents of those dispossessed. 56 Yet they tempted and provoked and rebelled against the Most High God and kept not His testimonies. 57 But they turned back and dealt unfaithfully and treacherously like their fathers; they were twisted like a warped and deceitful bow [that will not respond to the archer’s aim]. 58 For they provoked Him to [righteous] anger with their high places [for idol worship] and moved Him to jealousy with their graven images. 59 When God heard this, He was full of [holy] wrath; and He utterly rejected Israel, greatly abhorring and loathing [her ways], 60 So that He forsook the tabernacle at Shiloh, the tent in which He had dwelt among men [and never returned to it again], 61 And delivered His strength and power (the ark of the covenant) into captivity, and His glory into the hands of the foe (the Philistines). 62 He gave His people over also to the sword and was wroth with His heritage [Israel]. 63 The fire [of war] devoured their young men, and their bereaved virgins were not praised in a wedding song. 64 Their priests [Hophni and Phinehas] fell by the sword, and their widows made no lamentation [for the bodies came not back from the scene of battle, and the widow of Phinehas also died that day]. 65 Then the Lord awakened as from sleep, as a strong man whose consciousness of power is heightened by wine. 66 And He smote His adversaries in the back [as they fled]; He put them to lasting shame and reproach. 67 Moreover, He rejected the tent of Joseph and chose not the tribe of Ephraim [in which the tabernacle had been accustomed to stand]. 68 But He chose the tribe of Judah [as Israel’s leader], Mount Zion, which He loved [to replace Shiloh as His capital]. 69 And He built His sanctuary [exalted] like the heights [of the heavens] and like the earth which He established forever. 70 He chose David His servant and took him from the sheepfolds; 71 From tending the ewes that had their young He brought him to be the shepherd of Jacob His people, of Israel His inheritance. 72 So [David] was their shepherd with an upright heart; he guided them by the discernment and skillfulness [which controlled] his hands. Psalm 79 A Psalm of Asaph. 1 O God, the nations have come into [the land of Your people] Your inheritance; Your sacred temple have they defiled; they have made Jerusalem heaps of ruins. 2 The dead bodies of Your servants they have given as food to the birds of the heavens, the flesh of Your saints to the beasts of the earth. 3 Their blood they have poured out like water round about Jerusalem, and there was none to bury them. 4 [Because of such humiliation] we have become a taunt and reproach to our neighbors, a mocking and derision to those who are round about us. 5 How long, O Lord? Will You be angry forever? Shall Your jealousy [which cannot endure a divided allegiance] burn like fire? 6 Pour out Your wrath on the Gentile nations who do not acknowledge You, and upon the kingdoms that do not call on Your name. 7 For they have devoured Jacob and laid waste his dwelling and his pasture. 8 O do not [earnestly] remember against us the iniquities and guilt of our forefathers! Let Your compassion and tender mercy speedily come to meet us, for we are brought very low. 9 Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of Your name! Deliver us, forgive us, and purge away our sins for Your name’s sake. 10 Why should the Gentile nations say, Where is their God? Let vengeance for the blood of Your servants which is poured out be known among the nations in our sight [not delaying until some future generation]. 11 Let the groaning and sighing of the prisoner come before You; according to the greatness of Your power and Your arm spare those who are appointed to die! 12 And return into the bosom of our neighbors sevenfold the taunts with which they have taunted and scoffed at You, O Lord! 13 Then we Your people, the sheep of Your pasture, will give You thanks forever; we will show forth and publish Your praise from generation to generation. Psalm 80 To the Chief Musician; [set to the tune of] “Lilies, a Testimony.” A Psalm of Asaph. 1 Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, You Who lead Joseph like a flock; You Who sit enthroned upon the cherubim [of the ark of the covenant], shine forth 2 Before [a]Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh! Stir up Your might, and come to save us! 3 Restore us again, O God; and cause Your face to shine [in pleasure and approval on us], and we shall be saved! 4 O Lord God of hosts, how long will You be angry with Your people’s prayers? 5 You have fed them with the bread of tears, and You have given them tears to drink in large measure. 6 You make us a strife and scorn to our neighbors, and our enemies laugh among themselves. 7 Restore us again, O God of hosts; and cause Your face to shine [upon us with favor as of old], and we shall be saved! 8 You brought a vine [Israel] out of Egypt; You drove out the [heathen] nations and planted it [in Canaan]. 9 You prepared room before it, and it took deep root and it filled the land. 10 The mountains were covered with the shadow of it, and the boughs of it were like the great cedars [cedars of God]. 11 [Israel] sent out its boughs to the [Mediterranean] Sea and its branches to the [Euphrates] River. 12 Why have You broken down its hedges and walls so that all who pass by pluck from its fruit? 13 The boar out of the wood wastes it and the wild beast of the field feeds on it. 14 Turn again, we beseech You, O God of hosts! Look down from heaven and see, visit, and have regard for this vine! 15 [Protect and maintain] the stock which Your right hand planted, and the branch (the son) that You have reared and made strong for Yourself. 16 They have burned it with fire, it is cut down; may they perish at the rebuke of Your countenance. 17 Let Your hand be upon the man of Your right hand, upon the son of man whom You have made strong for Yourself. 18 Then will we not depart from You; revive us (give us life) and we will call upon Your name. 19 Restore us, O Lord God of hosts; cause Your face to shine [in pleasure, approval, and favor on us], and we shall be saved! Footnotes: Psalm 80:2 It is supposed that these three tribes represented the whole twelve tribes of Israel, Benjamin being incorporated with Judah, Manasseh embracing the country beyond the Jordan, and Ephraim the remainder. It was natural for the Israelites to think of the three in one group, for they had camped together on the west side of the tabernacle during the years in the wilderness, and also they were the only descendants of Jacob’s wife Rachel. Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC) Copyright © 1954, 1958, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation