Bible: Psalm 81

Psalm 81 1 

81:1 For the music director; according to the gittith style; 2  by Asaph.

Shout for joy to God, our source of strength!

Shout out to the God of Jacob!

81:2 Sing 3  a song and play the tambourine,

the pleasant sounding harp, and the ten-stringed instrument!

81:3 Sound the ram’s horn on the day of the new moon, 4 

and on the day of the full moon when our festival begins. 5 

81:4 For observing the festival is a requirement for Israel; 6 

it is an ordinance given by the God of Jacob.

81:5 He decreed it as a regulation in Joseph,

when he attacked the land of Egypt. 7 

I heard a voice I did not recognize. 8 

81:6 It said: 9  “I removed the burden from his shoulder;

his hands were released from holding the basket. 10 

81:7 In your distress you called out and I rescued you.

I answered you from a dark thundercloud. 11 

I tested you at the waters of Meribah. 12  (Selah)

81:8 I said, 13  ‘Listen, my people!

I will warn 14  you!

O Israel, if only you would obey me! 15 

81:9 There must be 16  no other 17  god among you.

You must not worship a foreign god.

81:10 I am the Lord, your God,

the one who brought you out of the land of Egypt.

Open your mouth wide and I will fill it!’

81:11 But my people did not obey me; 18 

Israel did not submit to me. 19 

81:12 I gave them over to their stubborn desires; 20 

they did what seemed right to them. 21 

81:13 If only my people would obey me! 22 

If only Israel would keep my commands! 23 

81:14 Then I would quickly subdue their enemies,

and attack 24  their adversaries.”

81:15 (May those who hate the Lord 25  cower in fear 26  before him!

May they be permanently humiliated!) 27 

81:16I would feed Israel the best wheat, 28 

and would satisfy your appetite 29  with honey from the rocky cliffs.” 30 

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