Psalm 81

Oh, That My People Would Listen to Me

To the choirmaster: according to The Gittith. Of Asaph.

1 1Sing aloud to God our strength; 2shout for joy to the God of Jacob!
2 Raise a song; sound 3the tambourine, 4the sweet lyre with 5the harp.
3 Blow the trumpet at 6the new moon, at the full moon, on our feast day.
4 For it is a statute for Israel, a rulea of the God of Jacob.
5 He made it 7a decree in 8Joseph when he 9went out overb the land of Egypt. 10I hear a language 11I had not known:
6 "I 12relieved yourc shoulder of 13the burden; your hands were freed from the basket.
7 In distress you 14called, and I delivered you; I 15answered you in the secret place of thunder; I 16tested you at the waters of Meribah. Selah
8 17Hear, O my people, while I admonish you! O Israel, if you would but listen to me!
9 There shall be no 18strange god among you; you shall not bow down to a 19foreign god.
10 20I am the LORD your God, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt. 21Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it.
11 "But my people did not listen to my voice; Israel 22would not submit to me.
12 So I 23gave them over to their 24stubborn hearts, to follow their own 25counsels.
13 26Oh, that my people would listen to me, that Israel would 27walk in my ways!
14 I would soon subdue their enemies and 28turn my hand against their foes.
15 Those who hate the LORD would 29cringe toward him, and their fate would last forever.
16 But he would feed youd with 30the finest of the wheat, and with 31honey from the rock I would satisfy you."
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