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.”

King James Version

Psalm 81

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

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

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

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

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

I removed his shoulder from the burden: his hands were delivered from the pots.

Thou calledst in trouble, and I delivered thee; I answered thee in the secret place of thunder: I proved thee at the waters of Meribah. Selah.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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