Psalm 81 New Revised Standard Version

God's Goodness and Israel's Waywardness

81 1  Sing aloud to God our strength; shout for joy to the God of Jacob. 2  Raise a song, sound the tambourine, the sweet lyre with the harp. 3  Blow the trumpet at the new moon, at the full moon, on our festal day. 4  For it is a statute for Israel, an ordinance of the God of Jacob. 5  He made it a decree in Joseph, when he went out over the land of Egypt. I hear a voice I had not known: 6  "I relieved your shoulder of the burden; your hands were freed from the basket. 7  In distress you called, and I rescued you; I answered you in the secret place of thunder; I tested you at the waters of Meribah. Selah

8  Hear, O my people, while I admonish you; O Israel, if you would but listen to me! 9  There shall be no strange god among you; you shall not bow down to a foreign god. 10  I am the Lord your God, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt. Open your mouth wide and I will fill it. 11  "But my people did not listen to my voice; Israel would not submit to me. 12  So I gave them over to their stubborn hearts, to follow their own counsels. 13  O that my people would listen to me, that Israel would walk in my ways! 14  Then I would quickly subdue their enemies, and turn my hand against their foes. 15  Those who hate the Lord would cringe before him, and their doom would last forever. 16  I would feed you with the finest of the wheat, and with honey from the rock I would satisfy you."

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