To the chief Musician upon Gittith, A Psalm of Asaph.
Sing aloud unto God our strength: make a joyful noise unto the God of
(81:1-16) "Sing aloud unto God....."
Take a psalm, and bring hither the timbrel, the pleasant harp with the
Blow up the trumpet in the new moon, in the time appointed, on our solemn
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
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
I am the LORD thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt: open
thy mouth wide, and I will fill it.||
But my people would not hearken to my voice; and Israel would none of me.||
So I gave them up unto their own hearts' lust: and they walked in their
Oh that my people had hearkened unto me, and Israel had walked in my ways!||
I should soon have subdued their enemies, and turned my hand against their
The haters of the LORD should have submitted themselves unto him: but
their time should have endured for ever.||
He should have fed them also with the finest of the wheat: and with honey
out of the rock should I have satisfied thee.