"I removed the burden from his shoulder. His hands were freed from the basket.
hen you were in trouble, you called out [to me], and I rescued you. I was hidden in thunder, but I answered you. I tested your [loyalty] at the oasis of Meribah. Selah
Listen, my people, and I will warn you. Israel, if you would only listen to me!
Never keep any strange god among you. Never worship a foreign god.
I am the LORD your God, the one who brought you out of Egypt. Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it.
"But my people did not listen to me. Israel wanted nothing to do with me.
So I let them go their own stubborn ways and follow their own advice.
If only my people would listen to me! If only Israel would follow me!
I would quickly defeat their enemies. I would turn my power against their foes.
Those who hate the LORD would cringe in front of him, and their time [for punishment] would last forever.
But I would feed Israel with the finest wheat and satisfy them with honey from a rock."