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Psalm 81

For the choir director; on the gittith;[a] by Asaph.

Sing joyfully to Elohim, our strength.
    Shout happily to the Elohim of Jacob.
Begin a psalm, and strike a tambourine.
    Play lyres and harps with their pleasant music.
Blow the ram’s horn on the day of the new moon,
    on the day of the full moon,
    on our festival days.
This is a law for Israel,
    a legal decision from the Elohim of Jacob.
        These are the instructions Elohim set in place for Joseph
            when Joseph rose to power over Egypt.

I heard a message I did not understand:
“I removed the burden from his shoulder.
    His hands were freed from the basket.
When you were in trouble, you called out to me, and I rescued you.
    I was hidden in thunder, but I answered you.
    I tested your loyalty at the oasis of Meribah. Selah
        Listen, my people, and I will warn you.
            Israel, if you would only listen to me!
        Never keep any strange god among you.
        Never worship a foreign god.
10 I am Yahweh your Elohim, the one who brought you out of Egypt.
    Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it.

11 “But my people did not listen to me.
    Israel wanted nothing to do with me.
12 So I let them go their own stubborn ways
    and follow their own advice.
13 If only my people would listen to me!
    If only Israel would follow me!
14 I would quickly defeat their enemies.
    I would turn my power against their foes.
15 Those who hate Yahweh would cringe in front of him,
    and their time for punishment would last forever.
16 But I would feed Israel with the finest wheat
    and satisfy them with honey from a rock.”

Footnotes

  1. Psalm 81:1 Unknown musical term.