Psalms 81

1To the Overseer. --`On the Gittith.' By Asaph. Cry aloud to God our strength, Shout to the God of Jacob. 2Lift up a song, and give out a timbrel, A pleasant harp with psaltery. 3Blow in the month a trumpet, In the new moon, at the day of our festival, 4For a statute to Israel it is , An ordinance of the God of Jacob. 5A testimony on Joseph He hath placed it, In his going forth over the land of Egypt. A lip, I have not known--I hear. 6From the burden his shoulder I turned aside, His hands from the basket pass over. 7In distress thou hast called and I deliver thee, I answer thee in the secret place of thunder, I try thee by the waters of Meribah. Selah.

8Hear, O My people, and I testify to thee, O Israel, if thou dost hearken to me: 9There is not in thee a strange god, And thou bowest not thyself to a strange god. 10I am Jehovah thy God, Who bringeth thee up out of the land of Egypt. Enlarge thy mouth, and I fill it. 11But, My people hearkened not to My voice, And Israel hath not consented to Me. 12And I send them away in the enmity of their heart, They walk in their own counsels. 13O that My people were hearkening to Me, Israel in My ways would walk. 14As a little thing their enemies I cause to bow, And against their adversaries I turn back My hand, 15Those hating Jehovah feign obedience to Him, But their time is--to the age. 16He causeth him to eat of the fat of wheat, And with honey from a rock I satisfy thee!

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