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Psalm 81 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 A song to our strong God! a shout to the God of Jacob! 1 Sing for joy to God our strength; shout aloud to the God of Jacob!
2 Anthems from the choir, music from the band, sweet sounds from lute and harp, 2 Begin the music, strike the tambourine, play the melodious harp and lyre.
3 Trumpets and trombones and horns: it's festival day, a feast to God! 3 Sound the ram's horn at the New Moon, and when the moon is full, on the day of our Feast;
4 A day decreed by God, solemnly ordered by the God of Jacob. 4 this is a decree for Israel, an ordinance of the God of Jacob.
5 He commanded Joseph to keep this day so we'd never forget what he did in Egypt. I hear this most gentle whisper from One I never guessed would speak to me: 5 He established it as a statute for Joseph when he went out against Egypt, where we heard a language we did not understand.
6 "I took the world off your shoulders, freed you from a life of hard labor. 6 He says, "I removed the burden from their shoulders; their hands were set free from the basket.
7 You called to me in your pain; I got you out of a bad place. I answered you from where the thunder hides, I proved you at Meribah Fountain. 7 In your distress you called and I rescued you, I answered you out of a thundercloud; I tested you at the waters of Meribah. "Selah"
8 "Listen, dear ones - get this straight; O Israel, don't take this lightly. 8 "Hear, O my people, and I will warn you-- if you would but listen to me, O Israel!
9 Don't take up with strange gods, don't worship the latest in gods. 9 You shall have no foreign god among you; you shall not bow down to an alien god.
10 I'm God, your God, the very God who rescued you from doom in Egypt, Then fed you all you could eat, filled your hungry stomachs. 10 I am the LORD your God, who brought you up out of Egypt. Open wide your mouth and I will fill it.
11 "But my people didn't listen, Israel paid no attention; 11 "But my people would not listen to me; Israel would not submit to me.
12 So I let go of the reins and told them, 'Run! Do it your own way!' 12 So I gave them over to their stubborn hearts to follow their own devices.
13 "Oh, dear people, will you listen to me now? Israel, will you follow my map? 13 "If my people would but listen to me, if Israel would follow my ways,
14 I'll make short work of your enemies, give your foes the back of my hand. 14 how quickly would I subdue their enemies and turn my hand against their foes!
15 I'll send the God-haters cringing like dogs, never to be heard from again. 15 Those who hate the LORD would cringe before him, and their punishment would last forever.
16 You'll feast on my fresh-baked bread spread with butter and rock-pure honey." 16 But you would be fed with the finest of wheat; with honey from the rock I would satisfy you."