Psalm 81 CSB

A Call to Obedience

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

1 Sing for joy to God our strength;a shout in triumph to the God of Jacob.

References for Psalms 81:1

    • b 81:1 - Ex 15:2; Isa 12:2; 49:5
      2 Lift up a song-play the tambourine, the melodious lyre, and the harp.b

      References for Psalms 81:2

        • c 81:2 - Ps 95:1-2; 98:4-6
          3 Blow the horn during the new moonc and during the full moon, on the day of our feast.d

          References for Psalms 81:3

            • d 81:3 - Nm 29:6; Ezk 46:3
            • e 81:3 - Either Passover or Tabernacles
              4 For this is a statute for Israel, a judgment of the God of Jacob.
              5 He set it up as an ordinance for Joseph when He went throughoute the land of Egypt.f I heard an unfamiliar language:

              References for Psalms 81:5

                • f 81:5 - LXX, Syr, Jer read out of
                • g 81:5 - Ex 11:4; Lv 23:41-43
                  6 "I relieved his shoulder from the burden; his hands were freed from [carrying] the basket.g

                  References for Psalms 81:6

                      7 You called out in distress, and I rescued you; I answered you from the thundercloud.h I tested you at the waters of Meribah.i Selah

                      References for Psalms 81:7

                        • i 81:7 - Ex 14:24; 20:18-20
                        • j 81:7 - Ex 17:1-7; Nm 20:2-13
                          8 Listen, My people, and I will admonish you. Israel, if you would only listen to Me!
                          9 There must not be a strange god among you; you must not bow down to a foreign god.j

                          References for Psalms 81:9

                            • k 81:9 - Ex 20:3-5; 22:20; 34:14
                              10 I am Yahweh 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 Me; Israel did not obey Me.
                              12 So I gave them over to their stubborn hearts to follow their own plans.k

                              References for Psalms 81:12

                                • l 81:12 - Jr 7:24; 11:8; 13:10
                                  13 If only My people would listen to Me and Israel would follow My ways,l

                                  References for Psalms 81:13

                                      14 I would quickly subdue their enemies and turn My hand against their foes."
                                      15 Those who hate the Lord would pretend submission to Him;m their doom would last forever.

                                      References for Psalms 81:15

                                        • n 81:15 - Ps 18:44; 66:3
                                          16 But He would feed Israeln with the best wheat. "I would satisfy you with honey from the rock."o

                                          References for Psalms 81:16

                                            • o 81:16 - Lit him
                                            • p 81:16 - Ps 147:14; Nm 18:12; Dt 32:13-14