Self-interpreting Bible

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Psalms 81

1An exhortation to a solemn praising of God. 4God challengeth that duty by reason of his benefits. 8God, exhorting his people to obedience, complaineth of their disobedience, which proveth their own hurt.

0 To the chief Musician upon aGittith, A Psalm 1of Asaph.

1 SING aloud bunto God cour strength: dmake a joyful noise unto the God of Jacob.

2 Take a psalm, and bring *hither the *timbrel, the pleasant harp with the *psaltery.

  • *: hither-here, to this place. , timbrel-type of tambourine or drum. , psaltery-stringed instrument.

3 Blow up the etrumpet fin the new moon, in the time appointed, on our solemn feast day.

4 For gthis was a statute for Israel, and a law of the God of Jacob.

5 This he ordained in Joseph for a testimony, when hhe went out 2through the land of Egypt: where iI heard a language that I understood not.

6 I jremoved his shoulder from the burden: his hands 3were delivered from the pots.

7 Thou kcalledst in trouble, and I delivered thee; I answered thee in the lsecret place of thunder: mI *proved thee at the waters of 4Meribah. Selah.

8 Hear, nO my people, and I will testify unto thee: O Israel, oif thou wilt hearken unto me;

9 There pshall no strange god be in thee; neither shalt thou worship any strange god.

10 qI am the LORD thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt: ropen thy mouth wide, and I will fill it.

11 But smy people would not hearken to my voice; and Israel would none of me.

12 So tI gave them up 5unto their own hearts' lust: and they walked in their own counsels.

13 Oh uthat my people had hearkened unto me, and Israel had walked in my ways!

14 I should soon have subdued vtheir enemies, and turned my hand against their adversaries.

15 The haters of the LORD should have 6submitted themselves unto him: wbut their time should have endured for ever.

16 He xshould have fed them also 7with the finest of the wheat: and with honey out of the rock should I have satisfied thee.