81 Sing joyfully to God, our strength. Raise a shout to the God of Jacob. 2 Sing a song and play the tambourine, the pleasant-sounding lyre along with the harp. 3 Blow the ram’s horn when there is a New Moon, when there is a full moon, on our festival day, 4 because it is a statute in Israel, an ordinance by the God of Jacob, 5 a decree that he prescribed for Joseph when he went throughout the land of Egypt, speaking a language I did not recognize.[a]
6 I removed the burden from your[b] shoulder; your[c] hands were freed of the burdensome basket.[d] 7 In a time of need you called out and I delivered you; I answered you from the dark thundercloud; I tested you at the waters of Meribah. Interlude
8 Listen, My people and I will warn you. Israel, if only you would obey me! 9 You must neither have a foreign god over you or worship a strange god. 10 I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, open your mouth that I may fill it. 11 Yet my people didn’t obey my voice; Israel didn’t submit to me. 12 So I allowed them[e] to continue in their stubbornness, living by their own advice. 13 If only my people would obey me, if only Israel would walk in my ways! 14 Then I would quickly subdue their enemies. I would turn against their foes. 15 Those who hate the Lord will cringe before him; their punishment will be permanent. 16 But I will feed Israel[f] with the finest wheat, satisfying you with honey from the rock.
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