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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.+ 2 Strike up a melody+ and take a tambourine,+ The pleasant harp together with the stringed instrument.+ 3 On the new moon, BLOW the horn;*+ On the full moon, for the day of our festival.+ 4 For it is a regulation for Israel,+ A judicial decision of the God* of Jacob. 5 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.+ 6 “I* turned aside his shoulder even from [the] burden;+ His own hands got to be free even from the basket.+ 7 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. 8 Hear, O my people, and I will bear witness against you,+ O Israel, if you will listen to me.+ 9 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.
^ “I,” MTSy; LXXVg, “He.”
^ “God.” Heb., ʼel.
^ Or, “I am Jehovah your God.” Heb., ʼa·no·khiʹ Yehwahʹ ʼElo·heyʹkha.