Psalm 81 (New American Standard)

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God's Goodness and Israel's Waywardness.

1 1Sing for joy to God our 2strength; Shout 3joyfully to the 4God of Jacob. 2 Raise a song, strike 5the timbrel, The sweet sounding 6lyre with the 7harp. 3 Blow the trumpet at the 8new moon, At the full moon, on our 9feast 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 a10went throughout the land of Egypt. I heard a 11language that I did not know: 6 "I b12relieved his shoulder of the burden, His hands were freed from the cbasket. 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. dSelah. 8 "16Hear, O My people, and I will eadmonish you; O Israel, if you 17would listen to Me! 9 "Let there be no 18strange god among you; Nor shall you worship any foreign god. 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. 11 "But My people 22did not listen to My voice, And Israel did not fobey Me. 12 "So I 23gave gthem over to the stubbornness of their heart, To walk in their own devices. 13 "Oh that My people 24would listen to Me, That Israel would 25walk in My ways! 14 "I would quickly 26subdue their enemies And 27turn My hand against their adversaries. 15 "28Those who hate the LORD would 29pretend obedience to Him, And their time of punishment would be forever. 16 "hBut I would feed you with the i30finest of the wheat, And with 31honey from the rock I would satisfy you."
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