New American Standard Bible

Psalm 81

God’s Goodness and Israel’s Waywardness.

For the choir director; [a]on the Gittith. A Psalm of Asaph.

1Sing for joy to God our strength;
Shout joyfully to the God of Jacob.
Raise a song, strike the timbrel,
The sweet sounding lyre with the harp.
Blow the trumpet at the new moon,
At the full moon, on our feast day.
For it is a statute for Israel,
An ordinance of the God of Jacob.
He established it for a testimony in Joseph
When he [b]went throughout the land of Egypt.
I heard a language that I did not know:

“I [c]relieved his shoulder of the burden,
His hands were freed from the [d]basket.
“You called in trouble and I rescued you;
I answered you in the hiding place of thunder;
I proved you at the waters of Meribah. [e]Selah.
“Hear, O My people, and I will [f]admonish you;
O Israel, if you would listen to Me!
“Let there be no strange god among you;
Nor shall you worship any foreign god.
10 “I, the Lord, am your God,
Who brought you up from the land of Egypt;
Open your mouth wide and I will fill it.

11 “But My people did not listen to My voice,
And Israel did not [g]obey Me.
12 “So I gave [h]them over to the stubbornness of their heart,
To walk in their own devices.
13 “Oh that My people would listen to Me,
That Israel would walk in My ways!
14 “I would quickly subdue their enemies
And turn My hand against their adversaries.
15 “Those who hate the Lord would pretend obedience to Him,
And their time of punishment would be forever.
16 [i]But I would feed you with the [j]finest of the wheat,
And with honey from the rock I would satisfy you.”

Notas al pie

  1. Psalm 81:1 Or according to
  2. Psalm 81:5 Lit went out over
  3. Psalm 81:6 Lit removed his shoulder from
  4. Psalm 81:6 Or brick load
  5. Psalm 81:7 Selah may mean: Pause, Crescendo or Musical interlude
  6. Psalm 81:8 Or bear witness against
  7. Psalm 81:11 Lit yield to
  8. Psalm 81:12 Lit him
  9. Psalm 81:16 Lit He would feed him
  10. Psalm 81:16 Lit fat

New International Reader's Version

Psalm 81

Psalm 81

For the director of music. According to gittith. A psalm of Asaph.

Sing joyfully to God! He gives us strength.
    Give a loud shout to the God of Jacob!
Let the music begin. Play the tambourines.
    Play sweet music on harps and lyres.

Blow the ram’s horn on the day of the New Moon feast.
    Blow it again when the moon is full and the Feast of Booths begins.
This is an order given to Israel.
    It is a law of the God of Jacob.
He gave it as a covenant law for the people of Joseph.
    It was given when God went out to punish Egypt.
    There I heard a voice I didn’t recognize.

The voice said, “I removed the load from your shoulders.
    I set your hands free from carrying heavy baskets.
You called out when you were in trouble, and I saved you.
    I answered you out of a thundercloud.
    I tested you at the waters of Meribah.

“My people, listen and I will warn you.
    Israel, I wish you would listen to me!
Don’t have anything to do with the gods of other nations.
    Don’t bow down and worship any god other than me.
10 I am the Lord your God.
    I brought you up out of Egypt.
    Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it with good things.

11 “But my people wouldn’t listen to me.
    Israel wouldn’t obey me.
12 So I let them go their own stubborn way.
    I let them follow their own sinful plans.

13 “I wish my people would listen to me!
    I wish Israel would live as I want them to live!
14 Then I would quickly bring their enemies under control.
    I would use my power against their attackers.
15 Those who hate me would bow down to me in fear.
    They would be punished forever.
16 But you would be fed with the finest wheat.
    I would satisfy you with the sweetest honey.”