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Psalm 81-84 Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

Psalm 81

A Call to Obedience

For the choir director: on the Gittith. Of Asaph.

Sing for joy to God our strength;
shout in triumph to the God of Jacob.
Lift up a song—play the tambourine,
the melodious lyre, and the harp.
Blow the horn on the day of our feasts[a]
during the new moon
and during the full moon.
For this is a statute for Israel,
an ordinance of the God of Jacob.
He set it up as a decree for Joseph
when he went throughout[b] the land of Egypt.
I heard an unfamiliar language:
“I relieved his shoulder from the burden;
his hands were freed from carrying the basket.
You called out in distress, and I rescued you;
I answered you from the thundercloud.
I tested you at the Waters of Meribah.Selah
Listen, my people, and I will admonish you.
Israel, if you would only listen to me!
There must not be a strange god among you;
you must not bow down to a foreign god.
10 I am the Lord your God,
who brought you up from the land of Egypt.
Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it.

11 “But my people did not listen to my voice;
Israel did not obey me.
12 So I gave them over to their stubborn hearts
to follow their own plans.
13 If only my people would listen to me
and Israel would follow my ways,
14 I would quickly subdue their enemies
and turn my hand against their foes.”
15 Those who hate the Lord
would cower to him;
their doom would last forever.
16 But he would feed Israel[c] with the best wheat.
“I would satisfy you with honey from the rock.”

Psalm 82

A Plea for Righteous Judgment

A psalm of Asaph.

God stands in the divine assembly;
he pronounces judgment among the gods:[d]
“How long will you judge unjustly
and show partiality to the wicked?Selah
Provide justice for the needy and the fatherless;
uphold the rights of the oppressed and the destitute.
Rescue the poor and needy;
save them from the power of the wicked.”

They do not know or understand;
they wander in darkness.
All the foundations of the earth are shaken.

I said, “You are gods;
you are all sons of the Most High.
However, you will die like humans
and fall like any other ruler.”

Rise up, God, judge the earth,
for all the nations belong to you.

Psalm 83

Prayer against Enemies

A song. A psalm of Asaph.

God, do not keep silent.
Do not be deaf, God; do not be quiet.
See how your enemies make an uproar;
those who hate you have acted arrogantly.[e]
They devise clever schemes against your people;
they conspire against your treasured ones.
They say, “Come, let us wipe them out as a nation
so that Israel’s name will no longer be remembered.”
For they have conspired with one mind;
they form an alliance[f] against you
the tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites,
Moab and the Hagrites,
Gebal, Ammon, and Amalek,
Philistia with the inhabitants of Tyre.
Even Assyria has joined them;
they lend support[g] to the sons of Lot.[h]Selah

Deal with them as you did with Midian,
as you did with Sisera
and Jabin at the Kishon River.
10 They were destroyed at En-dor;
they became manure for the ground.
11 Make their nobles like Oreb and Zeeb,
and all their tribal leaders like Zebah and Zalmunna,
12 who said, “Let us seize God’s pastures for ourselves.”

13 Make them like tumbleweed, my God,
like straw before the wind.
14 As fire burns a forest,
as a flame blazes through mountains,
15 so pursue them with your tempest
and terrify them with your storm.
16 Cover their faces with shame
so that they will seek your name, Lord.
17 Let them be put to shame and terrified forever;
let them perish in disgrace.
18 May they know that you alone—
whose name is the Lord
are the Most High over the whole earth.

Psalm 84

Longing for God’s House

For the choir director: on the Gittith. A psalm of the sons of Korah.

How lovely is your dwelling place,
Lord of Armies.
I long and yearn
for the courts of the Lord;
my heart and flesh cry out for[i] the living God.

Even a sparrow finds a home,
and a swallow, a nest for herself
where she places her young—
near your altars, Lord of Armies,
my King and my God.
How happy are those who reside in your house,
who praise you continually.Selah

Happy are the people whose strength is in you,
whose hearts are set on pilgrimage.
As they pass through the Valley of Baca,[j]
they make it a source of spring water;
even the autumn rain will cover it with blessings.[k]
They go from strength to strength;
each appears before God in Zion.

Lord God of Armies, hear my prayer;
listen, God of Jacob.Selah
Consider our shield,[l] God;
look on the face of your anointed one.

10 Better a day in your courts
than a thousand anywhere else.
I would rather stand at the threshold of the house of my God
than live in the tents of wicked people.
11 For the Lord God is a sun and shield.
The Lord grants favor and honor;
he does not withhold the good
from those who live with integrity.
12 Happy is the person who trusts in you,
Lord of Armies!


  1. 81:3 Lit feast
  2. 81:5 Or went out against
  3. 81:16 Lithim
  4. 82:1 Or the heavenly beings, or the earthly rulers; Hb elohim
  5. 83:2 Lit have lifted their head
  6. 83:5 Lit they cut a covenant
  7. 83:8 Lit they are an arm
  8. 83:8 = Moab and Ammon
  9. 84:2 Or flesh shout for joy to
  10. 84:6 Or Valley of Tears
  11. 84:6 Or pools
  12. 84:9 = the king
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