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.”

New International Version - UK

Psalm 81

Psalm 81[a]

For the director of music. According to gittith.[b] Of Asaph.

Sing for joy to God our strength;
    shout aloud to the God of Jacob!
Begin the music, strike the tambourine,
    play the melodious harp and lyre.

Sound the ram’s horn at the New Moon,
    and when the moon is full, on the day of our Feast;
this is a decree for Israel,
    an ordinance of the God of Jacob.
When God went out against Egypt,
    he established it as a statute for Joseph.

I heard an unknown voice say:

‘I removed the burden from their shoulders;
    their hands were set free from the basket.
In your distress you called and I rescued you,
    I answered you out of a thundercloud;
    I tested you at the waters of Meribah.[c]
Hear me, my people, and I will warn you –
    if you would only listen to me, Israel!
You shall have no foreign god among you;
    you shall not worship any god other than me.
10 I am the Lord your God,
    who brought you up out of Egypt.
Open wide your mouth and I will fill it.

11 ‘But my people would not listen to me;
    Israel would not submit to me.
12 So I gave them over to their stubborn hearts
    to follow their own devices.

13 ‘If my people would only listen to me,
    if Israel would only follow my ways,
14 how quickly I would subdue their enemies
    and turn my hand against their foes!
15 Those who hate the Lord would cringe before him,
    and their punishment would last for ever.
16 But you would be fed with the finest of wheat;
    with honey from the rock I would satisfy you.’

Notas al pie

  1. Psalm 81:1 In Hebrew texts 81:1-16 is numbered 81:2-17.
  2. Psalm 81:1 Title: Probably a musical term
  3. Psalm 81:7 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here.