December 09, 2002 Copyright © by United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
- 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.
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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  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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