Psalm 81
New American Bible Revised Edition

Psalm 81*

An Admonition to Fidelity

1For the leader; “upon the gittith.”* Of Asaph.


2Sing joyfully to God our strength;a

raise loud shouts to the God of Jacob!

3Take up a melody, sound the timbrel,

the pleasant lyre with a harp.

4*Blow the shofar at the new moon,

at the full moon, on our solemn feast.b

5For this is a law for Israel,

an edict of the God of Jacob,c

6He made it a decree for Joseph

when he came out of the land of Egypt.


7*I heard a tongue I did not know:

“I removed his shoulder from the burden;*

his hands moved away from the basket.*d

8In distress you called and I rescued you;

I answered you in secret with thunder;

At the waters of Meribah* I tested you:e 9‘Listen, my people, I will testify against you


If only you will listen to me, Israel!f

10There shall be no foreign god among you;*g

you shall not bow down to an alien god.

11‘I am the Lord your God,

who brought you up from the land of Egypt.

Open wide your mouth that I may fill it.’

12But my people did not listen to my words;

Israel would not submit to me.

13So I thrust them away to the hardness of their heart;

‘Let them walk in their own machinations.’h

14O that my people would listen to me,

that Israel would walk in my ways,i

15In a moment I would humble their foes,

and turn back my hand against their oppressors.j

16Those who hate the Lord will try flattering him,

but their fate is fixed forever.

17But Israel I will feed with the finest wheat,

I will satisfy them with honey from the rock.”k

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