Psalms 81

"Sing for Joy to God, Our Strength"

1 For the choirmaster. According to Gittith. Of Asaph. Sing for joy to God our strength; make a joyful noise to the God of Jacob. 2 Lift up a song, strike the tambourine, play the sweet-sounding harp and lyre. 3 Sound the ram’s horn at the New Moon, [and] at the full moon on the day of our Feast. 4 For this is a statute for Israel, an ordinance of the God of Jacob. 5 He ordained it as a testimony for Joseph
Or in Joseph
when he went out over the land of Egypt, [where] I heard an unfamiliar language:
6 “I relieved his shoulder of the burden; his hands were freed from the basket. 7 You called out in distress, and I rescued you; I answered you from the cloud of thunder; I tested you at the waters of Meribah. Selah 8 Hear, O My people, and I will warn you: O Israel, if only you would listen to Me! 9 There must be no strange god among you, nor shall you bow to a foreign god. 10 I am the LORD your God, who brought you up out of Egypt. Open wide your mouth, and I will fill it. 11 But My people would not listen to Me, and Israel would not obey Me. 12 So I gave them up to their stubborn hearts to follow their own devices. 13 If only My people would listen to Me, if Israel would follow My ways, 14 how soon I would subdue their enemies and turn My hand against their foes. 15 Those who hate the LORD would feign obedience , and their doom would last forever. 16 But I would feed you the finest wheat; with honey from the rock I would satisfy you.”
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