81 Shout for joy to God our defender; sing praise to the God of Jacob! 2 Start the music and beat the tambourines; play pleasant music on the harps and the lyres. 3 Blow the trumpet for the festival, when the moon is new and when the moon is full. 4 This is the law in Israel, an order from the God of Jacob. 5 He gave it to the people of Israel when he attacked the land of Egypt.
I hear an unknown voice saying, 6 “I took the burdens off your backs; I let you put down your loads of bricks. 7 When you were in trouble, you called to me, and I saved you. From my hiding place in the storm, I answered you. I put you to the test at the springs of Meribah. 8 Listen, my people, to my warning; Israel, how I wish you would listen to me! 9 You must never worship another god. 10 I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt. Open your mouth, and I will feed you.
11 “But my people would not listen to me; Israel would not obey me. 12 So I let them go their stubborn ways and do whatever they wanted. 13 How I wish my people would listen to me; how I wish they would obey me! 14 I would quickly defeat their enemies and conquer all their foes. 15 Those who hate me would bow in fear before me; their punishment would last forever. 16 But I would feed you with the finest wheat and satisfy you with wild honey.”
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