Psalm 81

1 O sing joyfully to God our strength:
    shout in triumph to the God of Jacob.
2 Make music and beat upon the drum:
    sound the lute and the melodious harp.
3 Blow the ram's horn at the new moon:
    and at the full moon of our day of festival.
4 For this was a statute for Israel:
    a commandment of the God of Jacob,
5 Which he laid on Joseph as a solemn charge:
    when he came out of the land of Egypt.
6 I heard a voice that I had not known, saying:
    'I eased your shoulders of the burden, and your hands were freed from the load.
7 'You called to me in trouble, and I rescued you:
    I answered you from the secret place of my thunder, I put you to the test at the waters of Meribah.
8 'Listen, my people, and I will admonish you:
    O Israel, if only you would hear me.
9 'There shall be no strange god among you:
    nor shall you bow down to an alien god.
10 'I am the Lord your God, who brought you up from the land of Egypt:
    open wide your mouth, and I will fill it.
11 'But my people would not listen to my voice:
    and Israel would have none of me.
12 'So I left them to the stubbornness of their hearts:
    to walk according to their own designs.
13 'If only my people would listen:
    if Israel would but walk in my ways,
14 'I would soon put down their enemies:
    and turn my hand against their adversaries.
15 'Those that hate the Lord would cringe before him:
    and their punishment would last for ever.
16 'But Israel I would feed with the finest wheat:
    and satisfy you with honey from the rocks.'