Psalm 81:1-16

To the director upon the Gitʹtith.*+ Of Aʹsaph. 81  O cry out joyfully, YOU people, to God our strength;+Shout in triumph to the God of Jacob.+   Strike up a melody+ and take a tambourine,+The pleasant harp together with the stringed instrument.+   On the new moon, BLOW the horn;*+On the full moon, for the day of our festival.+   For it is a regulation for Israel,+A judicial decision of the God* of Jacob.   As a reminder he laid it upon Joseph himself,+When he was going forth over the land of Egypt.+A language* that I did not know I kept hearing.+   “I* turned aside his shoulder even from [the] burden;+His own hands got to be free even from the basket.+   In distress you called, and I proceeded to rescue you;+I began to answer you in the concealed place of thunder.+I went examining you at the waters of Merʹi·bah.+ Seʹlah.   Hear, O my people, and I will bear witness against you,+O Israel, if you will listen to me.+   Among you there will prove to be no strange god;*+And you will not bow down to a foreign god.+ 10  I, Jehovah, am your God,*+The One bringing you up out of the land of Egypt.+Open your mouth wide, and I shall fill it.+ 11  But my people has not listened to my voice;+And Israel itself has not showed any willingness toward me.+ 12  And so I let them go* in the stubbornness of their heart;+They went walking in their own counsels.+ 13  O that my people were listening to me,+O that Israel itself would walk in my very ways!+ 14  Their enemies I would easily subdue,+And against their adversaries I would turn my hand.+ 15  As for those intensely hating Jehovah, they will come cringing to him,+And their time will prove to be to time indefinite. 16  And he will keep feeding him off the fat of the wheat,+And out of the rock I shall satisfy you with honey+ itself.”


Compare 8:Sup ftn.
Or, “shofar.” Heb., shoh·pharʹ.
“Tents,” by transposing two Heb. letters to correspond with the first half of the vs.
Lit., “lip.” See Ge 11:1 ftn, “Language.”
“I,” MTSy; LXXVg, “He.”
“God.” Heb., ʼel.
Or, “I am Jehovah your God.” Heb., ʼa·no·khiʹ Yehwahʹ ʼElo·heyʹkha.
Lit., “I sent them away.” Compare Ex 5:1, 2.