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Jehovah’s Witnesses


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Psalms 81:1-16

(Of the Director; to the Gittith. Of Asaph’s.) 81  Shout for God our strength, cheer for Jacob’s God! 2  Strike up music and sound tambourine, dulcet lyre with harp, 3  Blow the ram-horn at the new moon, at the full, on the day of our feast. 4  For that is an institution of Israel’s, a due of Jacob’s God. 5  He made it a commemoration in Joseph when he went out over Egypt. I heard a lip I had not known, 6*  “I let his shoulder turn away from the load; his hands shall pass the basket by; 7*  You called in distress, and I have rescued you. I will answer you through a screen of thunder; I will test you at a water of dispute. [Selah] 8  Listen, my people, and let me testify to you; Israel, if you will listen to me, 9  Have no strange deity among you and not do reverence to any foreign deity, 10  I Jehovah am your God, who am bringing you up out of Egypt; open your mouth wide and I will fill it. 11  But does my people not listen to my voice, will Israel not have me, 12  I will turn them loose to their willful wicked way; they shall go by their own contrivances. 13  If my people did listen to me, Israel did go my ways, 14  Readily would I humble their enemies and bring my hand back against their foes. 15**  Those who hate Israel should cringe to him and their disaster be forever. 16*  I would feed him out of the richest of wheat and give you out of rocks your fill of honey.”