3 Sound the trumpets and start the New Moon Festival.[a] We must also celebrate when the moon is full. 4 This is the law in Israel, and it was given to us by the God of Jacob. 5 The descendants of Joseph were told to obey it, when God led them out from the land of Egypt.
In a language unknown to me, I heard someone say: 6 “I lifted the burden from your shoulder and took the heavy basket from your hands. 7 When you were in trouble, I rescued you, and from the thunderclouds, I answered your prayers. Later I tested you at Meribah Spring.[b]
8 “Listen, my people, while I, the Lord, correct you! Israel, if you would only pay attention to me!
81.3New Moon Festival: Celebrated on the first day of each new moon, which was the beginning of the month. But this may refer to either the New Year celebration or the Harvest Festival. “The moon is full” suggests a festival in the middle of the month.
81.7Meribah Spring: When the people of Israel complained to Moses about the need for water, God commanded Moses to strike a rock with his walking stick, and water came out. The place was then named Massah (“test”) and Meribah (“complaining”).
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