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Psalm 81 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 For the choir director: A psalm of Asaph, to be accompanied by a stringed instrument. Sing praises to God, our strength. Sing to the God of Israel. 1 Sing for joy to God our strength; shout aloud to the God of Jacob!
2 Sing! Beat the tambourine. Play the sweet lyre and the harp. 2 Begin the music, strike the tambourine, play the melodious harp and lyre.
3 Sound the trumpet for a sacred feast when the moon is new, when the moon is full. 3 Sound the ram's horn at the New Moon, and when the moon is full, on the day of our Feast;
4 For this is required by the laws of Israel; it is a law of the God of Jacob. 4 this is a decree for Israel, an ordinance of the God of Jacob.
5 He made it a decree for Israel when he attacked Egypt to set us free. I heard an unknown voice that said, 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 "Now I will relieve your shoulder of its burden; I will free your hands from their heavy tasks. 6 He says, "I removed the burden from their shoulders; their hands were set free from the basket.
7 You cried to me in trouble, and I saved you; I answered out of the thundercloud. I tested your faith at Meribah, when you complained that there was no water. Interlude" 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 to me, O my people, while I give you stern warnings. O Israel, if you would only listen! 8 "Hear, O my people, and I will warn you-- if you would but listen to me, O Israel!
9 You must never have a foreign god; you must not bow down before a false god. 9 You shall have no foreign god among you; you shall not bow down to an alien god.
10 For it was I, the LORD your God, who rescued you from the land of Egypt. Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it with good things." 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 no, my people wouldn't listen. Israel did not want me around. 11 "But my people would not listen to me; Israel would not submit to me.
12 So I let them follow their blind and stubborn way, living according to their own desires. 12 So I gave them over to their stubborn hearts to follow their own devices.
13 But oh, that my people would listen to me! Oh, that Israel would follow me, walking in my paths! 13 "If my people would but listen to me, if Israel would follow my ways,
14 How quickly I would then subdue their enemies! How soon my hands would be upon their foes! 14 how quickly would I subdue their enemies and turn my hand against their foes!
15 Those who hate the LORD would cringe before him; their desolation would last forever. 15 Those who hate the LORD would cringe before him, and their punishment would last forever.
16 But I would feed you with the best of foods. I would satisfy you with wild honey from the rock." 16 But you would be fed with the finest of wheat; with honey from the rock I would satisfy you."