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Psalms 85:4

    Psalms 85:4 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Turn us, O God of our salvation, and cause thine anger toward us to cease.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Turn us, O God of our salvation, and cause your anger toward us to cease.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Turn us, O God of our salvation, And cause thine indignation toward us to cease.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Come back to us, O God of our salvation, and be angry with us no longer.

    Webster's Revision

    Turn us, O God of our salvation, And cause thine indignation toward us to cease.

    World English Bible

    Turn us, God of our salvation, and cause your indignation toward us to cease.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Turn us, O God of our salvation, and cause thine indignation toward us to cease.

    Clarke's Commentary on Psalms 85:4

    Turn us, O God of our salvation - Thou hast turned our captivity; now convert our souls. And they find a reason for their prayer in an attribute of their God; the God of their salvation. And as his work was to save, they beg that his anger towards them might cease. The Israelites were not restored from their captivity all at once. A few returned with Zerubbabel; some more with Ezra and Nehemiah; but a great number still remained in Babylonia, Media, Assyria, Egypt, and other parts. The request of the psalmist is, to have a complete restoration of all the Israelites from all places of their dispersion.

    Barnes' Notes on Psalms 85:4

    Turn us, O God of our salvation - The God from whom salvation must come, and on whom we are dependent for it. The prayer here is, "turn us;" turn us from our sins; bring us to repentance; make us willing to forsake every evil way; and enable us to do it. This is the proper spirit always in prayer. The first thing is not that he would take away his wrath, but that he would dispose us to forsake our sins, and to turn to himself; that we may be led to abandon that which has brought his displeasure upon us, and then that he will cause his anger toward us to cease. We have no authority for asking God to turn away his judgments unless we are willing to forsake our sins; and in all cases we can hope for the divine interposition and mercy, when the judgments of God are upon us, only as we are willing to turn from our iniquities.

    And cause thine anger toward us to cease - The word used here, and rendered "cause to cease" - פרר pârar - means properly to break; then, to violate; and then, to annul, or to bring to an end. The idea here is, that if they were turned from sin, the cause of his anger would be removed, and would cease of course. Compare Psalm 80:3.

    Wesley's Notes on Psalms 85:4

    85:4 Turn us - Restore us to our former tranquillity, and free us from the troubles which we yet groan under.