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Chapter 81

81:1 To the chief Musician upon Gittith, A Psalm of Asaph.

81:2 Sing aloud unto God our strength; shout unto the God of Jacob.

81:3 Take up the melody, and sound the timbrel, the sweet harp with the psaltery.

81:4 Blow the horn at the new moon, at the full moon for our feast-day.

81:5 For it is a statute for Israel, an ordinance of the God of Jacob.

81:6 He appointed it in Joseph for a testimony, when He went forth against the land of Egypt. The speech of one that I knew not did I hear:

81:7 'I removed his shoulder from the burden; His hands were freed from the basket.

81:8 Thou didst call in trouble, and I rescued thee; I answered thee in the secret place of thunder; I proved thee at the waters of Meribah. Selah

81:9 Hear, O My people, and I will admonish thee: O Israel, if thou wouldest hearken unto Me!

81:10 There shall no strange god be in thee; neither shalt thou worship any foreign god.

81:11 I am the Lord thy God, who brought thee up out of the land of Egypt; open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it.

81:12 But My people hearkened not to My voice; and Israel would none of Me.

81:13 So I let them go after the stubbornness of their heart, that they might walk in their own counsels.

81:14 Oh that My people would hearken unto Me, that Israel would walk in My ways!

81:15 I would soon subdue their enemies, and turn My hand against their adversaries.

81:16 The haters of the Lord should dwindle away before Him; and their punishment should endure for ever.

81:17 They should also be fed with the fat of wheat; and with honey out of the rock would I satisfy thee.'

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