13 Oh that my people had hearkened unto me, and Israel had walked in my ways!

Other Translations of Psalm 81:13

New International Version

13 "If my people would only listen to me, if Israel would only follow my ways,

English Standard Version

13 Oh, that my people would listen to me, that Israel would walk in my ways!

The Message

13 "Oh, dear people, will you listen to me now? Israel, will you follow my map?

New King James Version

13 "Oh, that My people would listen to Me, That Israel would walk in My ways!

New Living Translation

13 Oh, that my people would listen to me! Oh, that Israel would follow me, walking in my paths!

Matthew Henry's Commentary on Psalm 81:13

Commentary on Psalm 81:8-16

(Read Psalm 81:8-16)

We cannot look for too little from the creature, nor too much from the Creator. We may have enough from God, if we pray for it in faith. All the wickedness of the world is owing to man's wilfulness. People are not religious, because they will not be so. God is not the Author of their sin, he leaves them to the lusts of their own hearts, and the counsels of their own heads; if they do not well, the blame must be upon themselves. The Lord is unwilling that any should perish. What enemies sinners are to themselves! It is sin that makes our troubles long, and our salvation slow. Upon the same conditions of faith and obedience, do Christians hold those spiritual and eternal good things, which the pleasant fields and fertile hills of Canaan showed forth. Christ is the Bread of life; he is the Rock of salvation, and his promises are as honey to pious minds. But those who reject him as their Lord and Master, must also lose him as their Saviour and their reward.