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Begin the music, strike the tambourine, play the melodious harp and lyre. (Psalm 81:2)
Sound the ram's horn at the New Moon, and when the moon is full, on the day of our Feast; (Psalm 81:3)
this is a decree for Israel, an ordinance of the God of Jacob. (Psalm 81:4)
He established it as a statute for Joseph when he went out against Egypt, where we heard a language we did not understand. (Psalm 81:5)
He says, "I removed the burden from their shoulders; their hands were set free from the basket. (Psalm 81:6)
In your distress you called and I rescued you, I answered you out of a thundercloud; I tested you at the waters of Meribah.
"Hear, O my people, and I will warn you - if you would but listen to me, O Israel! (Psalm 81:8)
You shall have no foreign god among you; you shall not bow down to an alien god. (Psalm 81:9)
I am the LORD your God, who brought you up out of Egypt. Open wide your mouth and I will fill it. (Psalm 81:10)
"But my people would not listen to me; Israel would not submit to me. (Psalm 81:11)
So I gave them over to their stubborn hearts to follow their own devices. (Psalm 81:12)
"If my people would but listen to me, if Israel would follow my ways, (Psalm 81:13)
how quickly would I subdue their enemies and turn my hand against their foes! (Psalm 81:14)
Those who hate the LORD would cringe before him, and their punishment would last forever. (Psalm 81:15)
But you would be fed with the finest of wheat; with honey from the rock I would satisfy you." (Psalm 81:16)
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