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Psalm 85


1 In times past, LORD, you showed favour

to your own beloved land; 

The prosperity of Jacob

you restored by your strong hand. 

2 You forgave your people's trespass; 

you were pleased their sins to hide. 

3 You withdrew all your displeasure; 

from your wrath you turned aside. 

4 God our Saviour, now restore us; 

from us turn away your rage. 

5 Will your anger burn against us? 

Will it last from age to age? 

6 Will you not again revive us, 

that we may rejoice in you? 

7 Show us, LORD, your covenant mercy; 

your salvation grant anew.

8 I will hear what God the LORD says: 

to his saints he offers peace; 

But his people must not wander 

and return to foolishness. 

9 Surely for all those who fear him

his salvation is at hand, 

So that once again his glory 

may be seen within our land. 

10 Love and truth have met together; 

righteousness and peace embrace. 

11 Righteousness looks down from heaven; 

from the earth springs faithfulness.  

12 What is good the LORD will give us, 

and our land its fruits will bear. 

13 Righteousness will go before him

and his royal way prepare. 

lyrics from 'Sing Psalms'. Copyright Free Church of Scotland.

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