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Psalm 81 - God’s Appeal to Stubborn Israel

To the leader: according to The Gittith.

Of Asaph.

Sing aloud to God our strength; shout for joy to the God of Jacob. Raise a song, sound the tambourine, the sweet lyre with the harp. Blow the trumpet at the new moon, at the full moon, on our festal day. For it is a statute for Israel, an ordinance of the God of Jacob. He made it a decree in Joseph, when he went out over[a] the land of Egypt.

I hear a voice I had not known:

“I relieved your[b] shoulder of the burden; your[c] hands were freed from the basket. In distress you called, and I rescued you; I answered you in the secret place of thunder; I tested you at the waters of Meribah.Selah Hear, O my people, while I admonish you; O Israel, if you would but listen to me! There shall be no strange god among you; you shall not bow down to a foreign god. 10 I am the Lord your God, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt. Open your mouth wide and I will fill it.

11 “But my people did not listen to my voice; Israel would not submit to me. 12 So I gave them over to their stubborn hearts, to follow their own counsels. 13 O that my people would listen to me, that Israel would walk in my ways! 14 Then I would quickly subdue their enemies, and turn my hand against their foes. 15 Those who hate the Lord would cringe before him, and their doom would last forever. 16 I would feed you[d] with the finest of the wheat, and with honey from the rock I would satisfy you.”


a. Psalm 81:5 Or against

b. Psalm 81:6 Heb his

c. Psalm 81:6 Heb his

d. Psalm 81:16 Cn Compare verse 16b: Heb he would feed him

New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

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