Psalm 81

CM (86.86)
Portions adapted by Julie Tennent from the 1650 Scottish Metrical Psalter

1Sing out with joy to God our strength, to Jacob’s God come sing;
2Take up a psalm, with tambourine; the harp and psalt’ry bring.

3Blow trumpets at New-Moon, the day of our appointed feast;
4An ordinance for Israel, which Jacob’s God decrees.

5To Joseph He established it, when out from Egypt’s land
he travelled there, where speech we heard we did not understand.

6He says, “I took their burdens off; their hands from pots did free.
7In your distress, you called; I came, and I delivered thee.

“I answered you from out the cloud, the cloud of thundering;
and at the streams of Meribah, a test to you did bring.

8“O hear, my people, I will warn, and testify to you –
If only you would listen well, would hear and these things do!

9“You shall have no gods among you; shall not before them bow;
No foreign god or alien god – to them do not bow down.

10“I am the Lord your God; I brought you out from Egypt’s land;
If you will open wide your mouth, I’ll fill it; make you stand.

11“But yet my people to my voice would not attentive be;
And e’en my chosen Israel would not submit to me.

12“So to their stubborn hearts I gave them over to be “free”;
To follow their own hearts and walk in their own vile decree.

13“O, that my people had heard me, and Isr’el my ways chose!
14I would subdue their enemies; my hand turn on their foes.

15“The ones who hate the Lord would cringe and feign obedience sure;
Their punishment would ever be, would last forevermore.

16“But you’d be fed, my people, with the finest of the wheat;
With honey from the rock, your fill I would have let you eat.”

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