Psalm 81 – New International Version (NIV)
For the director of music. According to gittith.[b] Of Asaph.
- Sing for joy to God our strength; shout aloud to the God of Jacob!
- Begin the music, strike the timbrel, play the melodious harp and lyre.
- Sound the ram’s horn at the New Moon, and when the moon is full, on the day of our festival;
- this is a decree for Israel, an ordinance of the God of Jacob.
- When God went out against Egypt, he established it as a statute for Joseph. I heard an unknown voice say:
- “I removed the burden from their shoulders; their hands were set free from the basket.
- In your distress you called and I rescued you, I answered you out of a thundercloud; I tested you at the waters of Meribah.[c]
- Hear me, my people, and I will warn you— if you would only listen to me, Israel!
- You shall have no foreign god among you; you shall not worship any god other than me.
- I am the Lord your God, who brought you up out of Egypt. Open wide your mouth and I will fill it.
- “But my people would not listen to me; Israel would not submit to me.
- So I gave them over to their stubborn hearts to follow their own devices.
- “If my people would only listen to me, if Israel would only follow my ways,
- how quickly I would subdue their enemies and turn my hand against their foes!
- Those who hate the Lord would cringe before him, and their punishment would last forever.
- But you would be fed with the finest of wheat; with honey from the rock I would satisfy you.”
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Psalm 81 – King James Version (KJV)
To the chief Musician upon Gittith, A Psalm of Asaph.
- Sing aloud unto God our strength: Make a joyful noise unto the God of Jacob.
- Take a psalm, and bring hither the timbrel, The pleasant harp with the psaltery.
- Blow up the trumpet in the new moon, In the time appointed, on our solemn feast day.
- For this was a statute for Israel, And a law of the God of Jacob.
- This he ordained in Joseph for a testimony, When he went out through the land of Egypt: Where I heard a language that I understood not.
- I removed his shoulder from the burden: His hands were delivered from the pots.
- Thou calledst in trouble, and I delivered thee; I answered thee in the secret place of thunder: I proved thee At the waters of Meribah. Selah.
- Hear, O my people, and I will testify unto thee: O Israel, if thou wilt hearken unto me;
- There shall no strange god be in thee; Neither shalt thou worship any strange god.
- I am the LORD thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt: Open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it.
- But my people would not hearken to my voice; And Israel would none of me.
- So I gave them up unto their own hearts’ lust: And they walked in their own counsels.
- Oh that my people had hearkened unto me, And Israel had walked in my ways!
- I should soon have subdued their enemies, And turned my hand against their adversaries.
- The haters of the LORD should have submitted themselves unto him: But their time should have endured for ever.
- He should have fed them also with the finest of the wheat: And with honey out of the rock should I have satisfied thee.