Psalm 80:4
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New International Version
How long, LORD God Almighty, will your anger smolder against the prayers of your people?

New Living Translation
O LORD God of Heaven's Armies, how long will you be angry with our prayers?

English Standard Version
O LORD God of hosts, how long will you be angry with your people’s prayers?

New American Standard Bible
O LORD God of hosts, How long will You be angry with the prayer of Your people?

King James Bible
O LORD God of hosts, how long wilt thou be angry against the prayer of thy people?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
LORD God of Hosts, how long will You be angry with Your people's prayers?

International Standard Version
LORD God of the Heavenly Armies, when will your smoldering anger toward your people's prayers cease?

NET Bible
O LORD God, invincible warrior! How long will you remain angry at your people while they pray to you?

New Heart English Bible
LORD God of hosts, How long will you be angry against the prayer of your people?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Lord Jehovah, God of hosts, how long are you angry against the prayer of your Servant?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
O LORD God, commander of armies, how long will you smolder in anger against the prayer of your people?

JPS Tanakh 1917
O LORD God of hosts, How long wilt Thou be angry against the prayer of Thy people?

New American Standard 1977
O LORD God of hosts,
            How long wilt Thou be angry with the prayer of Thy people?

Jubilee Bible 2000
O LORD God of the hosts, how long wilt thou be angry against the prayer of thy people?

King James 2000 Bible
O LORD God of hosts, how long will you be angry against the prayer of your people?

American King James Version
O LORD God of hosts, how long will you be angry against the prayer of your people?

American Standard Version
O Jehovah God of hosts, How long wilt thou be angry against the prayer of thy people?

Douay-Rheims Bible
O Lord God of hosts, how long wilt thou be angry against the prayer of thy servant?

Darby Bible Translation
Jehovah, God of hosts, how long will thine anger smoke against the prayer of thy people?

English Revised Version
O LORD God of hosts, how long wilt thou be angry against the prayer of thy people?

Webster's Bible Translation
O LORD God of hosts, how long wilt thou be angry against the prayer of thy people?

World English Bible
Yahweh God of Armies, How long will you be angry against the prayer of your people?

Young's Literal Translation
Jehovah, God of Hosts, till when? Thou hast burned against the prayer of Thy people.
Study Bible
Hear Us, Shepherd of Israel
3O God, restore us And cause Your face to shine upon us, and we will be saved. 4O LORD God of hosts, How long will You be angry with the prayer of Your people? 5You have fed them with the bread of tears, And You have made them to drink tears in large measure.…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 29:20
"The LORD shall never be willing to forgive him, but rather the anger of the LORD and His jealousy will burn against that man, and every curse which is written in this book will rest on him, and the LORD will blot out his name from under heaven.

Psalm 59:5
You, O LORD God of hosts, the God of Israel, Awake to punish all the nations; Do not be gracious to any who are treacherous in iniquity. Selah.

Psalm 74:9
We do not see our signs; There is no longer any prophet, Nor is there any among us who knows how long.

Psalm 79:5
How long, O LORD? Will You be angry forever? Will Your jealousy burn like fire?

Psalm 84:8
O LORD God of hosts, hear my prayer; Give ear, O God of Jacob! Selah.

Psalm 85:5
Will You be angry with us forever? Will You prolong Your anger to all generations?

Psalm 89:46
How long, O LORD? Will You hide Yourself forever? Will Your wrath burn like fire?
Treasury of Scripture

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

how long

Psalm 85:5 Will you be angry with us for ever? will you draw out your anger …

Isaiah 58:2,3,6-9 Yet they seek me daily, and delight to know my ways, as a nation …

Lamentations 3:44 You have covered yourself with a cloud, that our prayer should not pass through.

Matthew 15:22-28 And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried …

Luke 18:1-8 And he spoke a parable to them to this end, that men ought always …

be angry. Heb. smoke

Psalm 74:1 O God, why have you cast us off for ever? why does your anger smoke …

Deuteronomy 29:20 The LORD will not spare him, but then the anger of the LORD and his …

(4) How long wilt thou be angry?--Literally, until when hast thou fumed? A pregnant construction combining two clauses. Thou hast been long angry; how long wilt thou continue to be angry? (Comp. Psalm 13:2, Note, and Exodus 10:3.) Others say the preterite here has the sense of a future perfect, which comes to the same thing: "How long wilt thou have fumed? (See Mller's Syntax, i. 3, rem. (a), Prof. Robertson's trans.)

Against the prayer.--Literally, in, i.e., during the prayer. The smoke of the Divine anger is, perhaps, conceived of as a cloud through which the prayer (often symbolised by an ascending incense) cannot penetrate.

Verse 4. - O Lord God of hosts. A form of address unusual in the Psalms, but occurring in Psalm 59:5; Psalm 84:8; and below in ver. 18. How long wilt thou be angry against the prayer of thy people? literally, how long wilt thou smoke? (comp. Psalm 74:1). "Against the prayer" means "in spite of the prayer," or "notwithstanding the prayer." Ordinarily, God forgives, and ceases from his anger, as soon as the afflicted one makes earnest prayer to him. But this is not always so. A time comes when his wrath cannot be appeased - when "there is no remedy" (2 Chronicles 36:16). Evil has been persisted in too long. O Lord God of hosts,.... Aben Ezra and Kimchi observe, that the word "Elohe" is here understood, and the words to be read, "O Lord God, the God of hosts"; of the armies above and below, against whom there is no standing, nor any before him when he is angry:

how long wilt thou be angry against the prayer of thy people? which must be put up in a wrong manner, in a very cold and lukewarm way, without faith and love, and with wrath and doubting; or otherwise God is not angry with, nor sets himself against the prayer of his people; nor does he despise, but is highly delighted with it: or how long wilt thou be angry with thy people, and continue the tokens of thy displeasure, though they pray, and keep praying, unto thee? it is in the Hebrew text, "how long wilt thou smoke (m) at the prayer of thy people?" that is, cause thine anger to smoke at it; in which it is thought there is an allusion to the smoke of the incense, to which prayer is compared; see Psalm 141:2, and denotes the acceptance of it with God through the mediation of Christ; but here his displicency at it, not being offered up through him, and by faith in him; such were the prayers of the Pharisees, Matthew 6:5.

(m) "fumabis", Pagninus, Vatablus; "fumaturus es", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator; "fumasti", Montanus, Cocceius, Gejerus, Michaelis, & Ainsworth. 4 O Lord God of hosts, how long wilt thou be angry against the prayer of thy people?

5 Thou feedest them with the bread of tears; and givest them tears to drink in great measure.

6 Thou makest us a strife unto our neighbours: and our enemies laugh among themselves.

7 Turn us again, O God of hosts, and cause thy face to shine; and we shall be saved.

Psalm 80:4

"O Lord God of Hosts, how long wilt thou be angry against the prayer of thy people?" How long shall the smoke of thy wrath drown the smoking incense of our prayers? Prayer would fain enter thy holy place but thy wrath battles with it, and prevents its entrance. That God should be angry with us when sinning seems natural enough, but that he should be angry even with our prayers is a bitter grief. With many a pang may the pleader ask, "How long?" Commander of all the hosts of thy creatures, able to save thy saints in their extremity, shall they for ever cry to thee in vain?

Psalm 80:5

"Thou feedest them with the bread of tears." Their meat is seasoned with brine distilled from weeping eyes. Their meals, which were once such pleasant seasons of social merriment, are now like funeral feasts to which each man contributes his bitter morsel. Thy people ate bread of wheat before, but now they receive from thine own hand no better diet than bread of tears. "And givest them tears to drink in great measure." Tears are both their food and their drink, and that without stint. They swallow tierces of tears, and swim in gulfs of grief, and all this by God's own appointment; not because their enemies have them in their power by force of arms, but because their God refuses to interpose. Tear-bread is even more the fruit of the curse than to eat bread in the sweat of one's face, but it shall by divine love be turned into a greater blessing by ministering to our spiritual health.

Psalm 80:6

"Thou makest us a strife unto our neighbours." Always jealous and malicious, Edom and Moab exulted over Israel's troubles, and then fell to disputing about their share of the spoil. A neighbour's jeer is ever most cutting, especially if a man has been superior to them, and claimed to possess more grace. None are so un-neighbourly as envious neighbours. "And our enemies laugh among themselves." They find mirth in our misery, comedy in our tragedy, salt for their wit in the brine of our tears, amusement in our amazement. It is devilish to sport with another's griefs; but it is the constant habit of the world which lieth in the wicked one to make merry with the saints' tribulations; the seed of the serpent follow their progenitor and rejoice in evil.

Psalm 80:7

"Turn us again, O God of hosts." The prayer rises in the form of Its address to God. He is here the God of Hosts. The more we approach the Lord in prayer and contemplation the higher will our ideas of him become. 4. be angry—(Compare Margin.)80:1-7 He that dwelleth upon the mercy-seat, is the good Shepherd of his people. But we can neither expect the comfort of his love, nor the protection of his arm, unless we partake of his converting grace. If he is really angry at the prayers of his people, it is because, although they pray, their ends are not right, or there is some secret sin indulged in them, or he will try their patience and perseverance in prayer. When God is displeased with his people, we must expect to see them in tears, and their enemies in triumph. There is no salvation but from God's favour; there is no conversion to God but by his own grace.
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