I will restore
Of the Ammonites.’
Just like with the Moabites, Yahweh was going to restore the Ammonites to the fortunes that they had. Yahweh always seems to be merciful after strongly criticizing a group of people. Thus this short section about the Ammonites comes to an end with a future restoration.
“Restore our fortunes!
Like the watercourses in the Negeb!
May those who sow in tears
Reap with shouts of joy!
May those who go out weeping,
Bearing the seed for sowing,
Come home with shouts of joy,
Carrying their sheaves.”
This short psalm ends with a cry or prayer for the restoration of Israel. They wanted their fortunes restored. They wanted to be like the arid land of the Negeb south of Israel with just enough water. They would sow in tears but reap in joy. They would go out weeping with their seeds. However, they would come home with shouts of joy with their wheat harvest sheaves full.
To the choirmaster leader, a psalm of the Sons of Korah
You were favorable to your land!
You restored the fortunes of Jacob.
You forgave the iniquity of your people.
You pardoned all their sin.”
Psalm 85 is another in the choral psalms of the Korahites, the Temple singers. This prayer to Yahweh thanks him for being favorable to the land of Jacob. Yahweh had restored the fortunes of Jacob, thus indicating a return from captivity. Yahweh has forgotten their iniquities. He has pardoned their sins. This section ends with the musical interlude meditative pause of Selah.