Psalm 81

1 Of Aʹsaph.
Shout joyfully to God our strength. Shout in triumph to the God of Jacob.

2 Begin the music and take a tambourine, The melodious harp together with the stringed instrument.

3 Blow the horn on the new moon, On the full moon, for the day of our festival.

4 For it is a decree for Israel, A ruling of the God of Jacob.

5 He established it as a reminder for Joseph When He went out against the land of Egypt. I heard a voice that I did not recognize:

6 “I lifted the burden from his shoulder; His hands were freed from the basket.

7 In your distress you called, and I rescued you; I answered you from the thundercloud. I tested you at the waters of Merʹibah.

8 Hear, my people, and I will testify against you. O Israel, if you would only listen to me.

9 Among you, there will be no strange god, And you will not bow down to a foreign god.

10 I, Jehovah, am your God, The one who brought you out of the land of Egypt. Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it.

11 But my people did not listen to my voice; Israel would not submit to me.

12 So I let them follow their stubborn hearts; They did what they thought was right.

13 If only my people would listen to me, If only Israel would walk in my ways!

14 Their enemies I would quickly subdue; I would turn my hand against their adversaries.

15 Those who hate Jehovah will cringe in his presence, And their outcome will be forever.

16 But he will feed you with the finest wheat And satisfy you with honey from the rock.”