God's Goodness and Israel's Waywardness
811 Make a song to God our strength: make a glad cry to the God of Jacob. 2 Take up the melody, playing on an instrument of music, even on corded instruments. 3 Let the horn be sounded in the time of the new moon, at the full moon, on our holy feast-day: 4 For this is a rule for Israel, and a law of the God of Jacob. 5 He gave it to Joseph as a witness, when he went out over the land of Egypt; then the words of a strange tongue were sounding in my ears. 6 I took the weight from his back; his hands were made free from the baskets. 7 You gave a cry in your trouble, and I made you free; I gave you an answer in the secret place of the thunder; I put you to the test at the waters of Meribah. (Selah.)
8 Give ear, O my people, and I will give you my word, O Israel, if you will only do as I say! 9 There is to be no strange god among you; you are not to give worship to any other god. 10 I am the Lord your God, who took you up from the land of Egypt: let your mouth be open wide, so that I may give you food. 11 But my people did not give ear to my voice; Israel would have nothing to do with me. 12 So I gave them up to the desires of their hearts; that they might go after their evil purposes. 13 If only my people would give ear to me, walking in my ways! 14 I would quickly overcome their haters: my hand would be turned against those who make war on them. 15 The haters of the Lord would be broken, and their destruction would be eternal. 16 I would give them the best grain for food; you would be full of honey from the rock.
A Rebuke of Unjust Judgments
821 God is in the meeting-place of God; he is judging among the gods. 2 How long will you go on judging falsely, having respect for the persons of evil-doers? (Selah.) 3 Give ear to the cause of the poor and the children without fathers; let those who are troubled and in need have their rights. 4 Be the saviour of the poor and those who have nothing: take them out of the hand of the evil-doers. 5 They have no knowledge or sense; they go about in the dark: all the bases of the earth are moved.
6 I said, You are gods; all of you are the sons of the Most High: 7 But you will come to death like men, falling like one of the rulers of the earth. 8 Up! O God, come as judge of the earth; for all the nations are your heritage.
A Prayer for the Destruction of Israel's Enemies
831 O God, do not keep quiet: let your lips be open and take no rest, O God. 2 For see! those who make war on you are out of control; your haters are lifting up their heads. 3 They have made wise designs against your people, talking together against those whom you keep in a secret place. 4 They have said, Come, let us put an end to them as a nation; so that the name of Israel may go out of man's memory. 5 For they have all come to an agreement; they are all joined together against you: 6 The tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites; Moab and the Hagarites; 7 Gebal and Ammon and Amalek; the Philistines and the people of Tyre; 8 Assur is joined with them; they have become the support of the children of Lot. (Selah.)
9 Do to them what you did to the Midianites; what you did to Sisera and Jabin, at the stream of Kishon: 10 Who came to destruction at En-dor; their bodies became dust and waste. 11 Make their chiefs like Oreb and Zeeb; and all their rulers like Zebah and Zalmunna: 12 Who have said, Let us take for our heritage the resting-place of God. 13 O my God, make them like the rolling dust; like dry stems before the wind. 14 As fire burning a wood, and as a flame causing fire on the mountains, 15 So go after them with your strong wind, and let them be full of fear because of your storm. 16 Let their faces be full of shame; so that they may give honour to your name, O Lord. 17 Let them be overcome and troubled for ever; let them be put to shame and come to destruction; 18 So that men may see that you only, whose name is Yahweh, are Most High over all the earth.