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Psalm 81 (New International Version)

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For the director of music. According to "gittith." Of Asaph.

1 Sing for joy to God our strength; shout aloud to the God of Jacob!1 2 Begin the music, strike the tambourine,2 play the melodious harp3 and lyre.4 3 Sound the ram's horn5 at the New Moon,6 and when the moon is full, on the day of our Feast; 4 this is a decree for Israel, an ordinance of the God of Jacob.7 5 He established it as a statute for Joseph when he went out against Egypt,8 where we heard a language we did not understand.a9 6 He says, "I removed the burden10 from their shoulders;11 their hands were set free from the basket. 7 In your distress you called12 and I rescued you, I answered13 you out of a thundercloud; I tested you at the waters of Meribah.14 "Selah" 8 "Hear, O my people,15 and I will warn you-- if you would but listen to me, O Israel! 9 You shall have no foreign god16 among you; you shall not bow down to an alien god. 10 I am the LORD your God, who brought you up out of Egypt.17 Open18 wide your mouth and I will fill19 it. 11 "But my people would not listen to me; Israel would not submit to me.20 12 So I gave them over21 to their stubborn hearts to follow their own devices. 13 "If my people would but listen to me,22 if Israel would follow my ways, 14 how quickly would I subdue23 their enemies and turn my hand against24 their foes! 15 Those who hate the LORD would cringe25 before him, and their punishment would last forever. 16 But you would be fed with the finest of wheat;26 with honey from the rock I would satisfy you."
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