1For the Leader. On the gittit. By Asaf:
2Sing for joy to God our strength!
Shout to the God of Ya‘akov!
3Start the music! Beat the drum!
Play the sweet lyre and the lute!
4Sound the shofar at Rosh-Hodesh
and at full moon for the pilgrim feast,
5because this is a law for Isra’el,
a ruling of the God of Ya‘akov.
6He placed it as a testimony in Y’hosef
when he went out against the land of Egypt.
I heard an unfamiliar voice say,
7“I lifted the load from his shoulder;
his hands were freed from the [laborer’s] basket.
8You called out when you were in trouble,
and I rescued you;
I answered you from the thundercloud;
I tested you at the M’rivah Spring [by saying,] (Selah)
9“‘Hear, my people, while I give you warning!
Isra’el, if you would only listen to me!
10There is not to be with you any foreign god;
you are not to worship an alien god.
11I am Adonai your God,
who brought you up from the land of Egypt.
Open your mouth, and I will fill it.’
12“But my people did not listen to my voice;
Isra’el would have none of me.
13So I gave them over to their stubborn hearts,
to live by their own plans.
14How I wish my people would listen to me,
that Isra’el would live by my ways!
15I would quickly subdue their enemies
and turn my hand against their foes.
16Those who hate Adonai would cringe before him,
while [Isra’el’s] time would last forever.
17They would be fed with the finest wheat,
and I would satisfy you with honey from the rocks.”