Psalms 81

1Be happy and sing to God our strength. Shout with joy to the God of Israel. 2Begin the music. Play the tambourines. Play the pleasant harps and lyres. 3Blow the ram’s horn at the time of the new moon, Blow the ram’s horn at the time of the full moon. when our holiday begins. 4That is a law for the people of Israel. God gave that command to Jacob. 5God made this Agreement with Joseph when God took him out of Egypt. In Egypt we heard that language we didn’t understand. 6God says, “I took the load from your shoulder. I let you drop the worker’s basket. 7You people were in trouble. You called for help and I set you free. I was hidden in the storm clouds, and I answered you. I tested you by the water at Meribah.” 8“My people, listen to me, and I will give you my Agreement Israel, please listen to me! 9Don’t worship any of the false gods that the foreigners worship. 10I, the Lord, am your God. I brought you out of Egypt. Israel, open your mouth, and I will feed you. 11“But my people did not listen to me. Israel did not obey me. 12So I let them do what they wanted to do. Israel did anything they wanted to do. 13If my people would listen to me and live the way I want, 14then I would defeat their enemies. I would punish the people who bring troubles to Israel. 15The Lord’s enemies would shake with fear. They would be punished forever. 16God would give the best wheat to his people. The Rock would give honey to his people until they were satisfied.

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