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Psalm 81 :: Legacy Standard Bible (LSB)

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Oh that My People Would Listen to Me

Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 81:1 -

For the choir director. According to the Gittith. Of Asaph.

Sing for joy to God our strength;

Make a loud shout to the God of Jacob.

Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 81:2 -

Lift up a song of praise, strike the tambourine,

The sweet sounding lyre with the harp.

Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 81:3 -

Blow the trumpet at the new moon,

At the full moon, on our feast day.

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For it is a statute for Israel,

A judgment of the God of Jacob.

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He established it for a testimony in Joseph

When he went forth over the land of Egypt.

I heard a language that I did not know:

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“I [fn]relieved his shoulder of the burden,

His hands were freed from the [fn]basket.

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“You called in distress and I rescued you;

I answered you in the hiding place of thunder;

I tested you at the waters of Meribah. [fn]Selah.

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“Hear, O My people, and I will testify against you;

O Israel, if you would listen to Me!

Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 81:9 -

“Let there be no strange god among you;

And you shall not worship a foreign god.

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“I am Yahweh your God,

Who brought you up from 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,

And Israel was not willing to obey Me.

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“So I released [fn]them over to the stubbornness of their heart,

That they would walk in their own devices.

Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 81:13 -

“Oh that My people would listen to Me,

That Israel would walk in My ways!

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“I would quickly subdue their enemies

And I would turn My hand against their adversaries.

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“Those who hate Yahweh would cower before Him,

And their time of punishment would be forever.

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[fn]But I would feed you with the [fn]finest of the wheat,

And with honey from the rock I would satisfy you.”

LSB Footnotes
Lit removed his shoulder from
Or brick load
Selah may mean Pause, Crescendo, Musical Interlude
Lit him
Lit He would feed him
Lit fat

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