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Psalm 81

For the Music Director. According to The Gittith. A Psalm of Asaph.

Sing aloud unto God our strength;
    make a joyful noise unto the God of Jacob.
Lift up a melody, and sound the tambourine,
    the pleasant lyre with the harp.

Blow the trumpet at the New Moon,
    at the full moon on our feast day.
For this is a statute for Israel,
    a decree of the God of Jacob.
This He ordained in Joseph as a decree
    when He went out against the land of Egypt.

I heard a voice that I had not known:

“I removed his shoulder from the burden;
    his hands were released from holding the basket.
You called in trouble, and I delivered you;
    I answered you in the secret place of thunder;
    I tested you at the waters of Meribah. Selah
Hear, O My people, and I will testify against you.
    O Israel, if you would listen to me!
There shall be no strange god among you;
    neither shall you bow down to any strange god.
10 I am the Lord your God,
    who brought you out of the land of Egypt;
    open your mouth wide, and I will fill it.

11 “But My people would not listen to My voice;
    Israel would not submit to Me.
12 So I gave them up to their stubborn hearts,
    to walk in their own counsels.

13 “Oh, that My people would listen to Me,
    and Israel would follow in My ways!
14 I would soon subdue their enemies,
    and turn My hand against their adversaries.
15 Let those who hate the Lord cower before Him
    and their fate might last forever.
16 But I would feed them with the finest of wheat,
    and with honey out of the rock I would satisfy you.”