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Psalm 81


For the choir director: on the Gittith. Of Asaph.aa

Sing for joy to God our strength;

shout in triumph to the God of Jacob.ab

Lift up a song—play the tambourine,

the melodious lyre, and the harp.ac

Blow the trumpet on the day of our feastsH

during the new moonad

and during the full moon.

For this is a statute for Israel,

an ordinance of the God of Jacob.ae

He set it up as a decree for Joseph

when he went throughoutI the land of Egypt.af

I heard an unfamiliar language:

“I relieved his shoulder from the burden;

his hands were freed from carrying the basket.ag

You called out in distress, and I rescued you;

I answered you from the thundercloud.ah

I tested you at the Waters of Meribah.ai


Listen, my people, and I will admonish you.

Israel, if you would only listen to me!aj

There must not be a strange god among you;

you must not bow down to a foreign god.ak

10 I am the Lord your God,

who brought you up from the land of Egypt.al

Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it.am

11 “But my people did not listen to my voice;

Israel did not obey me.a

12 So I gave them over to their stubborn hearts

to follow their own plans.b

13 If only my people would listen to me

and Israel would follow my ways,c

14 I would quickly subdue their enemies

and turn my hand against their foes.”d

15 Those who hate the Lord

would cower to him;e

their doom would last forever.f

16 But he would feed IsraelA with the best wheat.

“I would satisfy you with honey from the rock.”g


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