Psalm 81

1Sing aloud to God our strength; shout for joy to the God of Jacob.

2Raise a song, sound the tambourine, the sweet lyre with the harp.

3Blow the trumpet at the new moon, at the full moon, on our festal day.

4For it is a statute for Israel, an ordinance of the God of Jacob.

5He made it a decree in Joseph, when he went out over the land of Egypt. I hear a voice I had not known:

6“I relieved your shoulder of the burden; your hands were freed from the basket.

7In distress you called, and I rescued you; I answered you in the secret place of thunder; I tested you at the waters of Meribah. Selah

8Hear, O my people, while I admonish you; O Israel, if you would but listen to me!

9There shall be no strange god among you; you shall not bow down to a foreign god.

10I am the Lord your God, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt. Open your mouth wide and I will fill it.

11“But my people did not listen to my voice; Israel would not submit to me.

12So I gave them over to their stubborn hearts, to follow their own counsels.

13O that my people would listen to me, that Israel would walk in my ways!

14Then I would quickly subdue their enemies, and turn my hand against their foes.

15Those who hate the Lord would cringe before him, and their doom would last forever.

16I would feed you with the finest of the wheat, and with honey from the rock I would satisfy you.”

Psalm 82

1God has taken his place in the divine council; in the midst of the gods he holds judgment:

2“How long will you judge unjustly and show partiality to the wicked? Selah

3Give justice to the weak and the orphan; maintain the right of the lowly and the destitute.

4Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.”

5They have neither knowledge nor understanding, they walk around in darkness; all the foundations of the earth are shaken.

6I say, “You are gods, children of the Most High, all of you;

7nevertheless, you shall die like mortals, and fall like any prince.”

8Rise up, O God, judge the earth; for all the nations belong to you!

Psalm 83

1O God, do not keep silence; do not hold your peace or be still, O God!

2Even now your enemies are in tumult; those who hate you have raised their heads.

3They lay crafty plans against your people; they consult together against those you protect.

4They say, “Come, let us wipe them out as a nation; let the name of Israel be remembered no more.”

5They conspire with one accord; against you they make a covenant—

6the tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites, Moab and the Hagrites,

7Gebal and Ammon and Amalek, Philistia with the inhabitants of Tyre;

8Assyria also has joined them; they are the strong arm of the children of Lot. Selah

9Do to them as you did to Midian, as to Sisera and Jabin at the Wadi Kishon,

10who were destroyed at En-dor, who became dung for the ground.

11Make their nobles like Oreb and Zeeb, all their princes like Zebah and Zalmunna,

12who said, “Let us take the pastures of God for our own possession.”

13O my God, make them like whirling dust, like chaff before the wind.

14As fire consumes the forest, as the flame sets the mountains ablaze,

15so pursue them with your tempest and terrify them with your hurricane.

16Fill their faces with shame, so that they may seek your name, O Lord.

17Let them be put to shame and dismayed forever; let them perish in disgrace.

18Let them know that you alone, whose name is the Lord, are the Most High over all the earth.

From the oremus Bible Browser http://bible.oremus.org v2.2.8 14 July 2018.


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