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Hear O Israel

Psalm 81

For the music director, on the Gittite lyre, of Asaph.
Sing for joy to God our strength,
shout to the God of Jacob!
Lift up a song and sound a tambourine,
a sweet lyre with a harp.
Blow the shofar at the New Moon,
at the full moon for the day of our festival.
For it is a decree for Israel,
an ordinance of the God of Jacob.
He set it up as a testimony in Joseph,
when He went throughout the land of Egypt,
I heard a language I did not understand.

“I relieved his shoulder of the burden,
his hands were set free from the basket.
You called out in trouble, and I rescued you.
I answered you from the hiding place of thunder.
I tested you at the waters of Meribah. Selah
Hear, My people, I will admonish you—
if you would listen to Me, O Israel!
10 Let there be no foreign god among you,
and you shall not worship any alien god.
11 I am Adonai your God,
    who brought you up out of the land of Egypt.
Open your mouth wide and I will fill it.

12 But My people did not listen to My voice.
Israel was not willing to be Mine.
13 So I gave them over
to the stubbornness of their heart,
to walk in their own counsels.
14 Oh that My people would listen to Me,
that Israel would walk in My ways!
15 I would soon subdue their enemies,
and turn My hand against their foes.
16 Those who hate Adonai would cringe before Him—
their time of doom would be forever.
17 But you would be fed with the finest wheat,
with honey out of a rock would I satisfy you.”