Psalm 81 NIV

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

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2 Begin the music, strike the tambourine,2 play the melodious harp3 and lyre.4

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3 Sound the ram's horn5 at the New Moon,6 and when the moon is full, on the day of our Feast;

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4 this is a decree for Israel, an ordinance of the God of Jacob.7

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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

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    • a 81:5 - Or / "and we heard a voice we had not known"
      6 He says, "I removed the burden10 from their shoulders;11 their hands were set free from the basket.

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      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"

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      8 "Hear, O my people,15 and I will warn you-- if you would but listen to me, O Israel!

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      9 You shall have no foreign god16 among you; you shall not bow down to an alien god.

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      10 I am the LORD your God, who brought you up out of Egypt.17 Open18 wide your mouth and I will fill19 it.

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      11 "But my people would not listen to me; Israel would not submit to me.20

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      12 So I gave them over21 to their stubborn hearts to follow their own devices.

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      13 "If my people would but listen to me,22 if Israel would follow my ways,

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      14 how quickly would I subdue23 their enemies and turn my hand against24 their foes!

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      15 Those who hate the LORD would cringe25 before him, and their punishment would last forever.

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      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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