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A Song to God’s Care

81 Sing for joy to God our strength! Call out for joy to the God of Jacob! Sing a song, beat the timbrel. Play the sweet-sounding harps. Blow the horn at the new moon, at the full moon on the day of our special supper. For this is a Law for Israel, a Law of the God of Jacob. He made it a Law for Joseph, when he went through the land of Egypt. I heard a language that I did not know:

“I took the load off his shoulders. His hands were set free from the basket. You called in your trouble, and I took you out of it. I answered you in the hiding place of thunder. I tested you at the waters of Meribah. Hear, O My people, and I will tell you what to do. O Israel, if you would listen to Me! Let there be no strange god among you. Do not worship any false god. 10 I, the Lord, am your God. I brought you out of the land of Egypt. Open your mouth wide and I will fill it.

11 “But My people did not listen to My voice. And Israel did not obey Me. 12 So I let them follow the desires of their sinful hearts. They followed their own plans. 13 If only My people would listen to Me! If only Israel would follow My ways! 14 I would hurry to crush those who fight against them. I would turn My hand against those who hate them. 15 Those who hate the Lord would pretend to obey Him. And their punishment would last forever. 16 But I would feed you with the best of grain. And I would fill you with honey from the rock.”