Psalms, CHAPTER 81
For the leader; “upon the gittith.” Of Asaph.
Sing joyfully to God our strength;
raise loud shouts to the God of Jacob!
Take up a melody, sound the timbrel,
the pleasant lyre with a harp.
Blow the shofar at the new moon,
at the full moon, on our solemn feast.
For this is a law for Israel,
an edict of the God of Jacob,
He made it a decree for Joseph
when he came out of the land of Egypt.
I heard a tongue I did not know:
“I removed his shoulder from the burden;
his hands moved away from the basket.
In distress you called and I rescued you;
I answered you in secret with thunder;
At the waters of Meribah I tested you:
‘Listen, my people, I will testify against you
If only you will listen to me, Israel!
There shall be no foreign god among you;
you shall not bow down to an alien god.
‘I am the LORD your God,
who brought you up from the land of Egypt.
Open wide your mouth that I may fill it.’
But my people did not listen to my words;
Israel would not submit to me.
So I thrust them away to the hardness of their heart;
‘Let them walk in their own machinations.’
O that my people would listen to me,
that Israel would walk in my ways,
In a moment I would humble their foes,
and turn back my hand against their oppressors.
Those who hate the LORD will try flattering him,
but their fate is fixed forever.
But Israel I will feed with the finest wheat,
I will satisfy them with honey from the rock.”