Psalm 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 1Gittith, A Psalm aof Asaph.

1 Sing aloud 1unto God 2our strength: 3make a joyful noise unto the God of Jacob.

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

3 Blow up the 1trumpet 2in the new moon, in the time appointed, on our solemn feast day.

4 For 1this was a statute for Israel, and a law of the God of Jacob.

5 This he ordained in Joseph for a testimony, when 1he went out athrough the land of Egypt: where 2I heard a language that I understood not.

6 I 1removed his shoulder from the burden: his hands awere delivered from the pots.

7 Thou 1calledst in trouble, and I delivered thee; I answered thee in the 2secret place of thunder: 3I proved thee at the waters of aMeribah. Selah.

8 Hear, 1O my people, and I will testify unto thee: O Israel, 2if thou wilt hearken unto me;

9 There 1shall no strange god be in thee; neither shalt thou worship any strange god.

10 1I am the Lord thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt: 2open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it.

11 But 1my people would not hearken to my voice; and Israel would none of me.

12 So 1I gave them up aunto their own hearts' lust: and they walked in their own counsels.

13 Oh 1that my people had hearkened unto me, and Israel had walked in my ways!

14 I should soon have subdued 1their enemies, and turned my hand against their adversaries.

15 The haters of the Lord should have asubmitted themselves unto him: 1but their time should have endured for ever.

16 He 1should have fed them also awith the finest of the wheat: and with honey out of the rock should I have satisfied thee.