1 {To the chief Musician. Upon the Gittith. [A Psalm] of Asaph.} Sing ye joyously unto God our strength, shout aloud unto the God of Jacob;

References for Psalms 81:1

    • a 81:1 - See Ps. 8.
      2 Raise a song, and sound the tambour, the pleasant harp with the lute.
      3 Blow the trumpet at the new moon, at the set time, on our feast day:

      References for Psalms 81:3

        • b 81:3 - Others, 'at the full moon,' as Prov. 7.20; but it more probably refers to special appointment or 'reckoning,' according to the word in the original.
          4 For this is a statute for Israel, an ordinance of the God of Jacob;
          5 He ordained it in Joseph [for] a testimony, when he went forth over the land of Egypt, [where] I heard a language that I knew not.
          6 I removed his shoulder from the burden; his hands were freed from the basket.
          7 Thou calledst in trouble, and I delivered thee; I answered thee in the secret place of thunder; I proved thee at the waters of Meribah. Selah.
          8 Hear, my people, and I will testify unto thee; O Israel, if thou wouldest hearken unto me!
          9 There shall no strange ·god be in thee, neither shalt thou worship any foreign ·god.
          10 I am Jehovah thy God, that brought thee up out of the land of Egypt: open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it.
          11 But my people hearkened not to my voice, and Israel would none of me.
          12 So I gave them up unto their own hearts' stubbornness: they walked after their own counsels.
          13 Oh that my people had hearkened unto me, that Israel had walked in my ways!
          14 I would soon have subdued their enemies, and turned my hand against their adversaries.
          15 The haters of Jehovah would have come cringing unto him; but their time would have been for ever.
          16 And he would have fed them with the finest of wheat; yea, with honey out of the rock would I have satisfied thee.

          References for Psalms 81:16

            • c 81:16 - Lit. 'the fat of wheat,' and so Ps. 147.14.