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Psalms 80

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 1 Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, you who led Joseph like a flock; you who dwell between the cherubims, shine forth.

 2 Before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh stir up your strength, and come and save us.

 3 Restore us again, O God, and cause your face to shine on us;1 and we shall be saved.

 4 O LORD God of hosts, how long will you are angry against the prayer of your people?

 5 You feed them with the bread of tears; and give them tears to drink in great measure.

 6 You make us a strife to our neighbors; our enemies scorn us and laugh among themselves.

 7 Restore us again, O God of hosts, and cause your face to shine on us; and we shall be saved.

 8 You have brought a vine [of Israel] out of Egypt; you have drove out the heathens, and planted it [in the promise land].

 9 You made a place for it [the vine of Israel], and caused it to take deep root, and it filled the land.

 10 The hills were covered with the shadow of it, and the boughs of it were like the great cedars.

 11 Israel sent out her boughs to the [Mediterranean] sea, and her branches to the [Euphrates] river.

 12 Why have you then broken down her hedges [walls], so that all those who pass by the way do plunder her?

 13 The boar from the woods wastes it, and the wild beasts of the field devour it.

 14 Return, we beseech you, O God of hosts; look down from heaven, and behold, and visit this vine;

 15 And the vineyard which your right hand has planted, and the branch that you made strong for yourself.

 16 It is burned with fire, it is cut down; 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 made strong for yourself.

 18 So will not we go back from you; enliven us, and we will call upon your name.

 19 Restore us again, O LORD God of hosts, cause your face to shine on us; and we shall be saved.


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1 cause your face to shine on us; and we shall be saved. This phrase is repeated three times in this Psalm. Christendom has lost sight of what this means. It literally means to see the shining face of God with eyes of your heart. What face do you see? The face of Jesus Christ, which when seen gives you knowledge of the glory of God. What face did the Jews, such as David see? The face of the Lord God of Israel, Jesus Christ, the rock: The children of Israel, who were all baptized unto Moses, in the cloud and in the sea; and did all eat the same spiritual meat; and did all drink of the same spiritual drink, for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them, (or went with them) and that Rock was Christ; 1 Cor 10:2-4. Jews or Christians: Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God, Mat 5:8. The way one sees God, is to see the face of God; and like this Psalm says three times: cause your face to shine on us; and we shall be saved. To see God is the prerequisite to being saved.

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