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Psalm 81 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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Oh, That My People Would Listen to Me

Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 81:1 - To the choirmaster: according to The Gittith.[fn] Of Asaph.
Sing aloud to God our strength;
shout for joy to the God of Jacob!
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 81:2 - Raise a song; sound the tambourine,
the sweet lyre with the harp.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 81:3 - Blow the trumpet at the new moon,
at the full moon, on our feast day.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 81:4 - For it is a statute for Israel,
a rule[fn] of the God of Jacob.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 81:5 - He made it a decree in Joseph
when he went out over[fn] the land of Egypt.
I hear a language I had not known:
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 81:6 - “I relieved your[fn] shoulder of the burden;
your hands were freed from the basket.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 81:7 - In distress you called, and I delivered you;
I answered you in the secret place of thunder;
I tested you at the waters of Meribah. Selah
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 81:8 - Hear, O my people, while I admonish you!
O Israel, if you would but listen to me!
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 81:9 - There shall be no strange god among you;
you shall not bow down to a foreign god.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 81:10 - I am the LORD your God,
who brought you up out of the land of Egypt.
Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 81:11 - “But my people did not listen to my voice;
Israel would not submit to me.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 81:12 - So I gave them over to their stubborn hearts,
to follow their own counsels.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 81:13 - Oh, that my people would listen to me,
that Israel would walk in my ways!
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 81:14 - I would soon subdue their enemies
and turn my hand against their foes.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 81:15 - Those who hate the LORD would cringe toward him,
and their fate would last forever.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 81:16 - But he would feed you[fn] with the finest of the wheat,
and with honey from the rock I would satisfy you.”
ESV Footnotes
Probably a musical or liturgical term
Or just decree
Or against
Hebrew his; also next line
That is, Israel; Hebrew him

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