Psalm 81

For the end, a Psalm for 1Asaph, concerning the wine-presses.

1 Rejoice ye in God our helper; shout aloud to the God of Jacob. 2 Take a psalm, and produce the timbrel, the pleasant psaltery with the harp. 3 Blow the trumpet at the new moon, in the glorious day of 2your feast.

4 For this is an ordinance for Israel, and a statute of the God of Jacob. 5 He made 3it to be a testimony in Joseph, when he came forth out of the land of Egypt: he heard a language which he understood not.


6 He removed his back from burdens: his hands slaved in making the baskets. 7 Thou didst call upon me in trouble, and I delivered thee; I heard thee in the secret place of the storm: I proved thee at the water of 4Strife. Pause. 8 Hear, my people, and I will speak to thee, O Israel; and I will testify to thee: if thou wilt hearken to me; 9 there shall be no new god in thee; neither shalt thou worship a strange god. 10 For I am the Lord thy God, that brought thee 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 gave no heed to me. 12 So I let them go after the ways of their own hearts: they will go on in their own ways.

13 If my people had hearkened to me, if Israel had walked in my ways, 14 I should have put down their enemies very quickly, and should have laid my hand upon those that afflicted them. 15 The Lord's enemies should have lied to him: but 5their time shall be for ever. 16 And he fed them with the fat of wheat; and satisfied them with honey out of the rock.

Psalm 82

A Psalm for Asaph.

1 God stands in the assembly of gods; and in the midst of them will judge gods. 2 How long will ye judge unrighteously, and accept the persons of sinners? Pause. 3 Judge the orphan and poor: 6do justice to the low and needy. 4 Rescue the needy, and deliver the poor out of the hand of the sinner.

5 They know not, nor understand; they walk on in darkness: all the foundations of the earth shall be shaken. 6 I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you children of the Most High. 7 But ye die as men, and fall as one of the princes.

8 Arise, O God, judge the earth: for thou shalt inherit all nations.

1 Alex. David.

2 Alex. our.

3 Gr. him, sc. Israel.

4 Lit. contradiction.

5 sc. of the others.

6 Gr. justify.


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