Psalm 81

From Scottish Metrical Psalms 1650

Meter: 8,6,8,6

1    Sing loud to God our strength; with joy
       to Jacob's God do sing.
2    Take up a psalm, the pleasant harp,
       timbrel and psalt'ry bring.
3    Blow trumpets at new-moon, what day
       our feast appointed is:
4    For charge to Isr'el, and a law
       of Jacob's God was this.

5    To Joseph this a testimony
       he made, when Egypt land
     He travell'd through, where speech I heard
       I did not understand.
6    His shoulder I from burdens took,
       his hands from pots did free.
7    Thou didst in trouble on me call,
       and I deliver'd thee:

     In secret place of thundering
       I did thee answer make;
     And at the streams of Meribah
       of thee a proof did take.
8    O thou, my people, give an ear,
       I'll testify to thee;
     To thee, O Isr'el, if thou wilt
       but hearken unto me.

9    In midst of thee there shall not be
       any strange god at all;
     Nor unto any god unknown
       thou bowing down shalt fall.
10   I am the Lord thy God, which did
       from Egypt land thee guide;
     I'll fill thy mouth abundantly,
       do thou it open wide.

11   But yet my people to my voice
       would not attentive be;
     And ev'n my chosen Israel
       he would have none of me.
12   So to the lust of their own hearts
       I them delivered;
     And then in counsels of their own
       they vainly wandered.

13   O that my people had me heard,
       Isr'el my ways had chose!
14   I had their en'mies soon subdu'd,
       my hand turn'd on their foes.
15   The haters of the Lord to him
       submission should have feign'd;
     But as for them, their time should have
       for evermore remain'd.

16   He should have also fed them with
       the finest of the wheat;
     Of honey from the rock thy fill
       I should have made thee eat.

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