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} Take a psalm, and strike the timbrel, the pleasant harp with the psaltery. Blow the trumpet in the new moon, in the time appointed, on our solemn feast day. For this was a statute for Israel, and a law of the God of Jacob. This 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} I removed his shoulder from the burden: his hands were delivered from the pots. {were...: Heb. passed away} Thou 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}

Hear, O my people, and I will testify to thee: O Israel, if thou wilt hearken to me; There shall no strange god be in thee; neither shalt thou worship any strange god. 10 I am the LORD thy God, who brought thee out of the land of Egypt: open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it. 11 But my people would not hearken to my voice; and Israel would not obey me. 12 So I gave them up to their own hearts' lust: and they walked in their own counsels. {unto...: or, to the hardness of their hearts, or, imagination} 13 O that my people had hearkened to me, and Israel had walked in my ways! 14 I should soon have subdued their enemies, and turned my hand against their adversaries. 15 The 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} 16 He 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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