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  • The psalmist Asaph addresses himself to LORD God, who delivered the nation of Israel from slavery in Egypt. The vineyard is the nation of Israel, which was then in a national contract with LORD God through the covenant of the Law that the prophet Moses had mediated at Mount Sinai in the year 1513 B.C.E. God made a Nation.
  • whoops The scripture I was asking about was Psalms 88:8 Psalm 88:8: 8 You have taken from me my closest friends and have made me repulsive to them. I am confined and cannot escape; New International Version (NIV) You turned my friends against me, made me horrible to them. I'm caught in a maze and can't find my way out, blinded by tears of pain and frustration. the message Passage Psalm 88:8: 8Thou hast put away mine acquaintance far from me; thou hast made me an abomination unto them: I am shut up, and I cannot come forth. King James Version (KJV)
  • Psalm 80:8 says: “ You proceeded to make a vine depart from Egypt. You kept driving out the nations, that you might plant it.”. The Bible several times describes God’s people as a vine—an appropriate metaphor in view of the importance of the vine to Israelites. In Psalm 80, Asaph compared the nation of Israel to a vine that Jehovah had planted in Canaan. The land was cleared so that the vine of Israel could take root and grow strong. But as the years went by, its protective walls fell down. The nation no longer trusted in Jehovah, and he withdrew his protection. Like a wild boar that plunders a vineyard, enemy nations kept devouring Israel’s wealth. Asaph prayed that Jehovah would help the nation so that its former glory could be restored. “Take care of this vine,” he implored.—Psalm 80:8-15. Psalm 88:8 says: You have put my acquaintances far away from me; You have set me as something very detestable to them. I am under restraint and cannot go forth”.. Here, the writer of this Psalm, Heman is clearly depressed about his situation in life. In some cases depression has physiological causes, such as disease, nutritional deficiencies, and hormonal problems. It may also be a reaction to some toxins, pollutants, medications, and allergens. However, the Bible reveals that one’s own “disquieting thoughts” also may be a cause.—Psalm 94:19. Most people who become depressed, have encountered a number of painfully unpleasant experiences or stressful situations. Many feel like the psalmist: “My soul has had enough of calamities . . . They have closed in upon me all at one time. You [Jehovah] have put far away from me friend and companion; my acquaintances are a dark place.” (Psalm 88:3, 17, 18) So like the psalmist, they feel overwhelmed by problems or losses and view their life in general as hopeless. They may feel as if they were all alone in a dark place and that even God has cast them off. Why do they reach such a discouraging conclusion, in effect developing a stricken spirit? It is not just because of their external problems; it is also due to painful feelings or misgivings about themselves. They feel inadequate to deal with the problem or loss. “Because of the pain of the heart there is a stricken spirit,” explains Proverbs 15:13. Such pain of heart would include feeling that one is a failure or that others think so. Even the first-century Christian Epaphroditus, after recovering from a serious illness during a mission arranged by his home congregation, became “depressed because [the congregation] heard he had fallen sick.”—Philippians 2:25-30.

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