THE *BOOK OF
Psalm 81 ©
The prophet exhorts the people to praise highly the Lord God for the manifold mercies and deliverances exhibited to them; complaining of their disobedience, which tended to their own hurt.
To the chief Musician upon 1Gittith, A Psalm 2of Asaph.
SING aloud unto God our strength: make a joyful noise unto 3the God of Jacob.
Take a psalm, and bring hither the timbrel, the pleasant harp with the psaltery.
4Blow up the trumpet 5in the new moon, 6in the time appointed, on our solemn feast day.
For 7this was a statute 8for Israel, and a law 9of the God of Jacob.
10This he ordained 11in Joseph 12for a testimony, when 13he went out through the land of Egypt: where 14I heard a 15language that I understood not.
16I removed 17his shoulder from 18the burden: his hands were 19delivered 20from the pots.
Thou calledst 21in trouble, and I delivered thee; I answered thee 22in the secret place of thunder: 23I proved thee at the waters of 24Meribah. 25Selah.
Hear, O 26my people, and 27I will testify unto thee: O Israel, 28if 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: 29open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it.
But my people would not hearken to my voice; and Israel 30would none of me.
So I gave them up 31unto their own hearts' lust: and they walked in their own counsels.
Oh that my people had hearkened unto me, and 32Israel had walked in my ways!
I should soon have 33subdued their enemies, and turned my 34hand against their adversaries.
The haters of the LORD should have submitted 35themselves unto him: but 36their time should have endured for ever.
37He should have fed 38them also with 39the finest of the wheat: and with honey 40out of the rock should 41I have satisfied thee.