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Chapter 85


1 For the leader. A psalm of the Korahites.


You once favored, LORD, your land, restored the good fortune of Jacob.


You forgave the guilt of your people, pardoned all their sins. Selah


You withdrew all your wrath, turned back your burning anger.


Restore us once more, God our savior; abandon your wrath against us.


Will you be angry with us forever, drag out your anger for all generations?


Please give us life again, that your people may rejoice in you.


Show us, LORD, your love; grant us your salvation.


2 I will listen for the word of God; surely the LORD will proclaim peace To his people, to the faithful, to those who trust in him.


Near indeed is salvation for the loyal; prosperity will fill our land.


3 Love and truth will meet; justice and peace will kiss.


Truth will spring from the earth; justice will look down from heaven.


The LORD will surely grant abundance; our land will yield its increase.


Prosperity will march before the Lord, and good fortune will follow behind.



1 [Psalm 85] A national lament reminding God of past favors and forgiveness ( Psalm 85:2-4) and begging for forgiveness and grace now ( Psalm 85:5-8). A speaker represents the people who wait humbly with open hearts ( Psalm 85:9-10): God will be active on their behalf ( Psalm 85:11-13). The situation suggests the conditions of Judea during the early postexilic period, the fifth century B.C.; the thoughts are similar to those of postexilic prophets ( Haggai 1:5-11; 2:6-9).

2 [9] The prophet listens to God's revelation. Cf Hebrews 2:1.

3 [11-13] Divine activity is personified as pairs of virtues.

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