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Psalms 81:1 ←
To the chief music-maker; put to the Gittith. Of Asaph. Make a song to God our strength: make a glad cry to the God of Jacob.
Psalms 81:2 ←
Take up the melody, playing on an instrument of music, even on corded instruments.
Psalms 81:3 ←
Let the horn be sounded in the time of the new moon, at the full moon, on our holy feast-day:
Psalms 81:4 ←
For this is a rule for Israel, and a law of the God of Jacob.
Psalms 81:5 ←
He gave it to Joseph as a witness, when he went out over the land of Egypt; then the words of a strange tongue were sounding in my ears.
Psalms 81:6 ←
I took the weight from his back; his hands were made free from the baskets.
Psalms 81:7 ←
You gave a cry in your trouble, and I made you free; I gave you an answer in the secret place of the thunder; I put you to the test at the waters of Meribah. (Selah.)
Psalms 81:8 ←
Give ear, O my people, and I will give you my word, O Israel, if you will only do as I say!
Psalms 81:9 ←
There is to be no strange god among you; you are not to give worship to any other god.
Psalms 81:10 ←
I am the Lord your God, who took you up from the land of Egypt: let your mouth be open wide, so that I may give you food.
Psalms 81:11 ←
But my people did not give ear to my voice; Israel would have nothing to do with me.
Psalms 81:12 ←
So I gave them up to the desires of their hearts; that they might go after their evil purposes.
Psalms 81:13 ←
If only my people would give ear to me, walking in my ways!
Psalms 81:14 ←
I would quickly overcome their haters: my hand would be turned against those who make war on them.
Psalms 81:15 ←
The haters of the Lord would be broken, and their destruction would be eternal.
Psalms 81:16 ←
I would give them the best grain for food; you would be full of honey from the rock.