Psalm 81

1An exhortation to a solemn praising of God. 4God challengeth that duty by reason of his benefits. 8God, exhorting his people to obedience, complaineth of their disobedience, which proveth their own hurt.

0To the chief Musician upon aGittith, A Psalm 1of Asaph.

1Or, for Asaph. Ps. 73.

a Pss. 8; 84, titles.

1SING aloud bunto God cour strength: dmake a joyful noise unto the God of Jacob.

b Ps. 149.5; 150.5. c 2Sa. 22.2,3. Ps. 28.8. Jn. 15.5. Phi. 4.13. d Ps. 33.1-3; 47.1-7; 66.1; 95-100; 149; 150.

2Take a psalm, and bring *hither the *timbrel, the pleasant harp with the *psaltery.

*hither-here, to this place.

*timbrel-type of tambourine or drum.

*psaltery-stringed instrument.

3Blow up the etrumpet fin the new moon, in the time appointed, on our solemn feast day.

e Le. 25.9. 1Ch. 15.24,28. f Nu. 10.10; 28; 29. Le. 23. De. 16.16. 2Ki. 4.23.

4For gthis was a statute for Israel, and a law of the God of Jacob.

g Nu. 10.10. Ex. 12.18,19. Le. 23.24,26,34.

5This he ordained in Joseph for a testimony, when hhe went out 2through the land of Egypt: where iI heard a language that I understood not.

2Or, against.

h Ex. 11.4. i Ps. 114.1. Ge. 42.23. De. 28.49. Je. 5.15. Is. 28.11.

6I jremoved his shoulder from the burden: his hands 3were delivered from the pots.

3Heb. passed away.

j Is. 9.4; 10.27. Ex. 1.11,14; 6.6. Ps. 68.13.

7Thou kcalledst in trouble, and I delivered thee; I answered thee in the lsecret place of thunder: mI *proved thee at the waters of 4Meribah. Selah.

*proved-tested, tried.

4Or, strife.

k Ex. 2.23; 3.7-10; 14.10,11. Ps. 50.15; 91.14,15. l Ex. 14.24; 19.19. m Ex. 17.2-7. Nu. 20.13.

8Hear, nO my people, and I will testify unto thee: O Israel, oif thou wilt hearken unto me;

n Ps. 50.7. De. 4.26; 31.28. Is. 55.3,6,7. o Ex. 15.26. v.13.

9There pshall no strange god be in thee; neither shalt thou worship any strange god.

p Ex. 20.3. 1Co. 8.4,5. De. 4.19,25; 6.13,14. Ho. 14.8. 1Jn. 5.21. Ps. 44.20.

10qI am the LORD thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt: ropen thy mouth wide, and I will fill it.

q Ex. 20.2. Je. 31.33; 3.14; 11.4; 24.7; 30.22. r Mat. 7.7,11. Jn. 15.7. Ps. 37.4; 36.8; 65.4,7. Ep. 3.19,20. Is. 45.11. Je. 31.14,25.

11But smy people would not hearken to my voice; and Israel would none of me.

s De. 32.15,18. Ho. 11.2. Pr. 1.25,30. He. 10.29. Zec. 7.11; 11.8.

12So tI gave them up 5unto their own hearts' lust: and they walked in their own counsels.

5Or, to the hardness of their hearts, or imaginations.

t Ac. 7.42. Ro. 1.24,26. Is. 30.1. Job 8.4.

13Oh uthat my people had hearkened unto me, and Israel had walked in my ways!

u De. 5.29; 32.29. Is. 48.18. Mat. 23.37. Lu. 19.41,42.

14I should soon have subdued vtheir enemies, and turned my hand against their adversaries.

v Ps. 83.2-8. Ju. 3.3.

15The haters of the LORD should have 6submitted themselves unto him: wbut their time should have endured for ever.

6Or, yielded feigned obedience. Heb. lied. Ps. 18.44; 66.3.

w Ps. 102.28. Is. 65.22. Joel 3.20.

16He xshould have fed them also 7with the finest of the wheat: and with honey out of the rock should I have satisfied thee.

7Heb. with the fat of wheat.

x Is. 1.19. De. 32.13,14. Ps. 147.14. 1Sa. 14.25,26. Job 29.6.