Psalms 81
Psalm 81
A Call to Obedience
For the choir director: on the Gittith. Of Asaph.#1Ch 16:5,7; Ps 8; 84
1Sing for joy to God our strength;
shout in triumph to the God of Jacob.#Ps 59:16; 95:1-2; 98:4
2Lift up a song — play the tambourine,
the melodious lyre, and the harp.#Ps 33:2; 71:22; 92:3
3Blow the horn on the day of our feasts#81:3 Lit feast
during the new moon#Lv 23:24; Nm 10:10; 29:1
and during the full moon.
4For this is a statute for Israel,
an ordinance of the God of Jacob.#1Ch 16:17; Ps 105:10
5He set it up as a decree for Joseph
when he went throughout#81:5 Or went out against the land of Egypt.#Ps 78:5; 122:4
I heard an unfamiliar language:
6“I relieved his shoulder from the burden;
his hands were freed from carrying the basket.#Is 9:4; 10:27
7You called out in distress, and I rescued you;
I answered you from the thundercloud.#Ex 14:24; 20:18-20
I tested you at the Waters of Meribah.#Ex 17:1-7; Nm 20:2-13Selah
8Listen, my people, and I will admonish you.
Israel, if you would only listen to me!#Ps 50:7
9There must not be a strange god among you;
you must not bow down to a foreign god.#Ex 20:3-5; 22:20; 34:14
10I am the Lord  your God,
who brought you up from the land of Egypt.#Ex 20:2; Dt 5:6
Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it.#Ps 78:25; 107:9
11“But my people did not listen to my voice;
Israel did not obey me.#Jr 7:24; 13:10
12So I gave them over to their stubborn hearts
to follow their own plans.#Jb 8:4; Jr 11:8
13If only my people would listen to me
and Israel would follow my ways,#Dt 5:29; Is 48:18
14I would quickly subdue their enemies
and turn my hand against their foes.”#Ps 18:47; 47:3; Am 1:8
15Those who hate the Lord
would cower to him;#Ps 18:44; 66:3
their doom would last forever.#Dt 32:35
16But he would feed Israel#81:16 Lithim with the best wheat.
“I would satisfy you with honey from the rock.”#Nm 18:12; Dt 32:13-14; Ps 147:14

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