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Psalm 81


God's Goodness and Israel's Waywardness.

For the choir director; on the Gittith. A Psalm of Asaph.

Psalm 81:1   Sing for joy to God our strength; Shout joyfully to the God of Jacob.
Psalm 81:2   Raise a song, strike the timbrel, The sweet sounding lyre with the harp.
Psalm 81:3   Blow the trumpet at the new moon, At the full moon, on our feast day.
Psalm 81:4   For it is a statute for Israel, An ordinance of the God of Jacob.
Psalm 81:5   He established it for a testimony in Joseph When he went throughout the land of Egypt. I heard a language that I did not know:
Psalm 81:6   "I relieved his shoulder of the burden, His hands were freed from the basket.
Psalm 81:7   "You called in trouble and I rescued you; I answered you in the hiding place of thunder; I proved you at the waters of Meribah. Selah.
Psalm 81:8   "Hear, O My people, and I will admonish you; O Israel, if you would listen to Me!
Psalm 81:9   "Let there be no strange god among you; Nor shall you worship any foreign god.
Psalm 81:10   "I, the LORD, am your God, Who brought you up from the land of Egypt; Open your mouth wide and I will fill it.
Psalm 81:11   "But My people did not listen to My voice, And Israel did not obey Me.
Psalm 81:12   "So I gave them over to the stubbornness of their heart, To walk in their own devices.
Psalm 81:13   "Oh that My people would listen to Me, That Israel would walk in My ways!
Psalm 81:14   "I would quickly subdue their enemies And turn My hand against their adversaries.
Psalm 81:15   "Those who hate the LORD would pretend obedience to Him, And their time of punishment would be forever.
Psalm 81:16   "But I would feed you with the finest of the wheat, And with honey from the rock I would satisfy you."
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