81:1 <To the chief music-maker; put to the Gittith. Of Asaph.> Make a song to God our strength: make a glad cry to the God of Jacob.
81:2 Take up the melody, playing on an instrument of music, even on corded instruments.
81:3 Let the horn be sounded in the time of the new moon, at the full moon, on our holy feast-day:
81:4 For this is a rule for Israel, and a law of the God of Jacob.
81:5 He gave it to Joseph as a witness, when he went out over the land of Egypt; then the words of a strange tongue were sounding in my ears.
81:6 I took the weight from his back; his hands were made free from the baskets.
81:7 You gave a cry in your trouble, and I made you free; I gave you an answer in the secret place of the thunder; I put you to the test at the waters of Meribah. (Selah.)
81:8 Give ear, O my people, and I will give you my word, O Israel, if you will only do as I say!
81:9 There is to be no strange god among you; you are not to give worship to any other god.
81:10 I am the Lord your God, who took you up from the land of Egypt: let your mouth be open wide, so that I may give you food.
81:11 But my people did not give ear to my voice; Israel would have nothing to do with me.
81:12 So I gave them up to the desires of their hearts; that they might go after their evil purposes.
81:13 If only my people would give ear to me, walking in my ways!
81:14 I would quickly overcome their haters: my hand would be turned against those who make war on them.
81:15 The haters of the Lord would be broken, and their destruction would be eternal.
81:16 I would give them the best grain for food; you would be full of honey from the rock.