An Appeal for Israel’s Repentance

To the Chief Musician. (A)On[a] an instrument of Gath. A Psalm of Asaph.

81 Sing aloud to God our strength;
Make a joyful shout to the God of Jacob.
Raise a song and strike the timbrel,
The pleasant harp with the lute.

Blow the trumpet at the time of the New Moon,
At the full moon, on our solemn feast day.
For (B)this is a statute for Israel,
A law of the God of Jacob.
This He established in Joseph as a testimony,
When He went throughout the land of Egypt,
(C)Where I heard a language I did not understand.

“I removed his shoulder from the burden;
His hands were freed from the baskets.
(D)You called in trouble, and I delivered you;
(E)I answered you in the secret place of thunder;
I (F)tested you at the waters of [b]Meribah. Selah

“Hear,(G) O My people, and I will admonish you!
O Israel, if you will listen to Me!
There shall be no (H)foreign god among you;
Nor shall you worship any foreign god.
10 (I)I am the Lord your God,
Who brought you out of the land of Egypt;
(J)Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it.

11 “But My people would not heed My voice,
And Israel would have (K)none of Me.
12 (L)So I gave them over to [c]their own stubborn heart,
To walk in their own counsels.

13 “Oh,(M) that My people would listen to Me,
That Israel would walk in My ways!
14 I would soon subdue their enemies,
And turn My hand against their adversaries.
15 (N)The haters of the Lord would pretend submission to Him,
But their [d]fate would endure forever.
16 He would (O)have fed them also with [e]the finest of wheat;
And with honey (P)from the rock I would have satisfied you.”

A Plea for Justice

A Psalm of Asaph.

82 God (Q)stands in the congregation of [f]the mighty;
He judges among (R)the [g]gods.
How long will you judge unjustly,
And (S)show partiality to the wicked? Selah
[h]Defend the poor and fatherless;
Do justice to the afflicted and (T)needy.
Deliver the poor and needy;
Free them from the hand of the wicked.

They do not know, nor do they understand;
They walk about in darkness;
All the (U)foundations of the earth are [i]unstable.

I said, (V)“You are [j]gods,
And all of you are children of the Most High.
But you shall die like men,
And fall like one of the princes.”

Arise, O God, judge the earth;
(W)For You shall inherit all nations.

Prayer to Frustrate Conspiracy Against Israel

A Song. A Psalm of Asaph.

83 Do(X) not keep silent, O God!
Do not hold Your peace,
And do not be still, O God!
For behold, (Y)Your enemies make a [k]tumult;
And those who hate You have [l]lifted up their head.
They have taken crafty counsel against Your people,
And consulted together (Z)against Your sheltered ones.
They have said, “Come, and (AA)let us cut them off from being a nation,
That the name of Israel may be remembered no more.”

For they have consulted together with one [m]consent;
They [n]form a confederacy against You:
(AB)The tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites;
Moab and the Hagrites;
Gebal, Ammon, and Amalek;
Philistia with the inhabitants of Tyre;
Assyria also has joined with them;
They have helped the children of Lot. Selah

Deal with them as with (AC)Midian,
As with (AD)Sisera,
As with Jabin at the Brook Kishon,
10 Who perished at En Dor,
(AE)Who became as refuse on the earth.
11 Make their nobles like (AF)Oreb and like Zeeb,
Yes, all their princes like (AG)Zebah and Zalmunna,
12 Who said, “Let us take for ourselves
The pastures of God for a possession.”

13 (AH)O my God, make them like the whirling dust,
(AI)Like the chaff before the wind!
14 As the fire burns the woods,
And as the flame (AJ)sets the mountains on fire,
15 So pursue them with Your tempest,
And frighten them with Your storm.
16 Fill their faces with shame,
That they may seek Your name, O Lord.
17 Let them be [o]confounded and dismayed forever;
Yes, let them be put to shame and perish,
18 (AK)That they may know that You, whose (AL)name alone is the Lord,
Are (AM)the Most High over all the earth.


  1. Psalm 81:1 Heb. Al Gittith
  2. Psalm 81:7 Lit. Strife or Contention
  3. Psalm 81:12 the dictates of their heart
  4. Psalm 81:15 Lit. time
  5. Psalm 81:16 Lit. fat of wheat
  6. Psalm 82:1 Heb. El, lit. God
  7. Psalm 82:1 Judges; Heb. elohim, lit. mighty ones or gods
  8. Psalm 82:3 Vindicate
  9. Psalm 82:5 moved
  10. Psalm 82:6 Judges; Heb. elohim, lit. mighty ones or gods
  11. Psalm 83:2 uproar
  12. Psalm 83:2 Exalted themselves
  13. Psalm 83:5 Lit. heart
  14. Psalm 83:5 Lit. cut a covenant
  15. Psalm 83:17 ashamed

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