Psalms 81

To the chief Musician upon Gittith, A Psalm of Asaph.


Sing aloud to God our strength: make a joyful noise to the God of Jacob.
of Asaph: or, for Asaph
2Take a psalm, and strike the timbrel, the pleasant harp with the psaltery. 3Blow the trumpet in the new moon, in the time appointed, on our solemn feast day. 4For this was a statute for Israel, and a law of the God of Jacob. 5This he ordained in Joseph for a testimony, when he went out through the land of Egypt: where I heard a language that I understood not.
through: or, against
6I removed his shoulder from the burden: his hands were delivered from the pots.
were...: Heb. passed away
7Thou didst call in trouble, and I delivered thee; I answered thee in the secret place of thunder: I proved thee at the waters of Meribah. Selah.
Meribah: or, Strife

8Hear, O my people, and I will testify to thee: O Israel, if thou wilt hearken to me; 9There shall no strange god be in thee; neither shalt thou worship any strange god. 10I am the LORD thy God, who brought thee out of the land of Egypt: open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it. 11But my people would not hearken to my voice; and Israel would not obey me. 12So I gave them up to their own heartslust: and they walked in their own counsels.
unto...: or, to the hardness of their hearts, or, imagination
13O that my people had hearkened to me, and Israel had walked in my ways! 14I should soon have subdued their enemies, and turned my hand against their adversaries. 15The haters of the LORD should have submitted themselves to him: and their time should have endured for ever.
submitted...: or, yielded feigned obedience: Heb. lied
16He should have fed them also with the finest of the wheat: and with honey out of the rock I should have satisfied thee.
finest...: Heb. fat of wheat

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