God's Goodness and Israel's Waywardness.

1 1Sing for joy to God our 2strength; Shout 3joyfully to the 4God of Jacob.

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2 Raise a song, strike 5the timbrel, The sweet sounding 6lyre with the 7harp.

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3 Blow the trumpet at the 8new moon, At the full moon, on our 9feast day.

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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 10went throughout the land of Egypt. I heard a 11language that I did not know:

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    • a 81:5 - Lit "went out over"
      6 "I 12relieved his shoulder of the burden, His hands were freed from the basket.

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        • b 81:6 - Lit "removed his shoulder from"
        • c 81:6 - Or "brick load"
          7 "You 13called in trouble and I rescued you; I 14answered you in the hiding place of thunder; I proved you at the 15waters of Meribah. Selah.

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            • d 81:7 - "Selah" may mean: "Pause, Crescendo" or "Musical interlude"
              8 "16Hear, O My people, and I will admonish you; O Israel, if you 17would listen to Me!

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                • e 81:8 - Or "bear witness against"
                  9 "Let there be no 18strange god among you; Nor shall you worship any foreign god.

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                  10 "19I, the LORD, am your God, Who brought you up from the land of Egypt; 20Open your mouth wide and I will 21fill it.

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                  11 "But My people 22did not listen to My voice, And Israel did not obey Me.

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                  12 "So I 23gave them over to the stubbornness of their heart, To walk in their own devices.

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                  13 "Oh that My people 24would listen to Me, That Israel would 25walk in My ways!

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                  14 "I would quickly 26subdue their enemies And 27turn My hand against their adversaries.

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                  15 "28Those who hate the LORD would 29pretend obedience to Him, And their time of punishment would be forever.

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                  16 "But I would feed you with the 30finest of the wheat, And with 31honey from the rock I would satisfy you."

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                    • h 81:16 - Lit "He would feed him"
                    • i 81:16 - Lit "fat"