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   The Book of Psalms.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
Book III
 
LXXXI
 
God’s Goodness and Israel’s Waywardness
 
 
For the Chief Musician; set to the Gittith. A Psalm of Asaph.
 
 
[1]  SING aloud unto God our strength:
Make a joyful noise unto the God of Jacob.
[2]  Raise a song, and bring 1 hither the timbrel,
The pleasant harp with the psaltery.
[3]  Blow the trumpet at the new moon,
At the full moon, on our feastday.
[4]  For it is a statute for Israel,
An ordinance of the God of Jacob.
[5]  He appointed it in Joseph for a testimony,
When he went out over 2 the land of Egypt,
Where I heard a 3 language that I knew not.
[6]  I removed his shoulder from the burden:
His hands were freed from the basket.
[7]  Thou calledst in trouble, and I delivered thee;
I answered thee in the secret place of thunder;
I proved thee at the waters of Meribah.  [Selah
[8]  Hear, O my people, and I will testify unto thee:
O Israel, if thou wouldest hearken unto me!
[9]  There shall no strange god be in thee;
Neither shalt thou worship any foreign god.
[10]  I am Jehovah thy God,
Who brought thee up out of the land of Egypt:
Open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it.
[11]  But my people hearkened not to my voice;
And Israel would none of me.
[12]  So I let them go after the stubbornness of their heart,
That they might walk in their own counsels.
[13]  Oh that my people would hearken unto me,
That Israel would walk in my ways!
[14]  I would soon subdue their enemies,
And turn my hand against their adversaries
[15]  The haters of Jehovah should submit 4 themselves unto him:
But their time should endure for ever.
[16]  He would feed them also with the finest 5 of the wheat;
And with honey out of the rock would I satisfy thee.
 
Note 1. Or, strike the timbrel. [back]
Note 2. Or, against. [back]
Note 3. Or, the speech of one that &c. [back]
Note 4. Or, yield feigned obedience.Heb. lie. [back]
Note 5. Heb. fat of wheat. [back]
 

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