For the choir director; [a]on the Gittith. A Psalm of Asaph.
81 Sing for joy to God our strength; Shout joyfully to the God of Jacob. 2 Raise a song, strike the timbrel, The sweet sounding lyre with the harp. 3 Blow the trumpet at the new moon, At the full moon, on our feast day. 4 For it is a statute for Israel, An ordinance of the God of Jacob. 5 He established it for a testimony in Joseph When he [b]went throughout the land of Egypt. I heard a language that I did not know:
6 “I [c]relieved his shoulder of the burden, His hands were freed from the [d]basket. 7 “You called in trouble and I rescued you; I answered you in the hiding place of thunder; I proved you at the waters of Meribah. [e]Selah. 8 “Hear, O My people, and I will [f]admonish you; O Israel, if you would listen to Me! 9 “Let there be no strange god among you; Nor shall you worship any foreign god. 10 “I, the Lord, am 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, And Israel did not [g]obey Me. 12 “So I gave [h]them over to the stubbornness of their heart, To walk in their own devices. 13 “Oh that My people would listen to Me, That Israel would walk in My ways! 14 “I would quickly subdue their enemies And turn My hand against their adversaries. 15 “Those who hate the Lord would pretend obedience to Him, And their time of punishment would be forever. 16 “[i]But I would feed you with the [j]finest of the wheat, And with honey from the rock I would satisfy you.”
82 God takes His stand in [a]His own congregation; He judges in the midst of the [b]rulers. 2 How long will you judge unjustly And show partiality to the wicked? [c]Selah. 3 Vindicate the weak and fatherless; Do justice to the afflicted and destitute. 4 Rescue the weak and needy; Deliver them out of the hand of the wicked.
5 They do not know nor do they understand; They walk about in darkness; All the foundations of the earth are shaken. 6 [d]I said, “You are gods, And all of you are sons of the Most High. 7 “Nevertheless you will die like men And fall like anyone of the princes.” 8 Arise, O God, judge the earth! For it is You who possesses all the nations.
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