Psalms 81:8-16

8 Hear me, my people, and I will warn you— if you would only listen to me, Israel!
9 You shall have no foreign god among you; you shall not worship any god other than me.
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 my people would not listen to me; Israel would not submit to me.
12 So I gave them over to their stubborn hearts to follow their own devices.
13 “If my people would only listen to me, if Israel would only follow my ways,
14 how quickly I would subdue their enemies and turn my hand against their foes!
15 Those who hate the LORD would cringe before him, and their punishment would last forever.
16 But you would be fed with the finest of wheat; with honey from the rock I would satisfy you.”

Psalms 81:8-16 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 81:8-16 In-Context

6 “I removed the burden from their shoulders; their hands were set free from the basket.
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.
8 Hear me, my people, and I will warn you— if you would only listen to me, Israel!
9 You shall have no foreign god among you; you shall not worship any god other than me.
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 my people would not listen to me; Israel would not submit to me.
12 So I gave them over to their stubborn hearts to follow their own devices.
13 “If my people would only listen to me, if Israel would only follow my ways,
14 how quickly I would subdue their enemies and turn my hand against their foes!
15 Those who hate the LORD would cringe before him, and their punishment would last forever.
16 But you would be fed with the finest of wheat; with honey from the rock I would satisfy you.”

Cross References 12

  • 1. Psalms 50:7; Psalms 78:1
  • 2. S Exodus 20:3; Deuteronomy 32:12; Isaiah 43:12
  • 3. S Exodus 6:6; S Exodus 13:3; S Exodus 29:46; Exodus 20:2
  • 4. Ezekiel 2:8
  • 5. Psalms 107:9
  • 6. Exodus 32:1-6
  • 7. Ezekiel 20:25; Acts 7:42; Romans 1:24
  • 8. S Deuteronomy 5:29; Isaiah 48:18
  • 9. Psalms 47:3
  • 10. Amos 1:8
  • 11. S 2 Samuel 22:45
  • 12. S Deuteronomy 32:14
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