Psalms 81

God’s Goodness and Israel’s Waywardness.

For the choir director;
Or according to
on the Gittith. A Psalm of Asaph.

1 b  Sing for joy to God our c  strength;
Shout d  joyfully to the e  God of Jacob.
2Raise a song, strike f  the timbrel,
The sweet sounding g  lyre with the h  harp.
3Blow the trumpet at the i  new moon,
At the full moon, on our j  feast day.
4For it is a statute for Israel,
An ordinance of the God of Jacob.
5He established it for a testimony in Joseph
When he
Lit went out over
l  went throughout the land of Egypt.
I heard a m  language that I did not know:

Lit removed his shoulder from
o  relieved his shoulder of the burden,
His hands were freed from the
Or brick load
7“You q  called in trouble and I rescued you;
I r  answered you in the hiding place of thunder;
I proved you at the s  waters of Meribah.
Selah may mean: Pause, Crescendo or Musical interlude
8 u  Hear, O My people, and I will
Or bear witness against
admonish you;
O Israel, if you w  would listen to Me!
9Let there be no x  strange god among you;
Nor shall you worship any foreign god.
10 y  “I, the  Lord, am your God,
Who brought you up from the land of Egypt;
z  Open your mouth wide and I will aa  fill it.

11But My people ab  did not listen to My voice,
And Israel did not
Lit yield to
obey Me.
12“So I ad  gave
Lit him
them over to the stubbornness of their heart,
To walk in their own devices.
13Oh that My people af  would listen to Me,
That Israel would ag  walk in My ways!
14I would quickly ah  subdue their enemies
And ai  turn My hand against their adversaries.
15 aj  Those who hate the  Lord would ak  pretend obedience to Him,
And their time of punishment would be forever.
Lit He would feed him
But I would feed you with the
Lit fat
an  finest of the wheat,
And with ao  honey from the rock I would satisfy you.”

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