PLXXXI. To the chief Musician, upon Gittith. A Psalm of Asaph

1 Unto the mighty God our strength
Sing with a shouting voice:
Unto the God of Jacob so,
Make thee a joyful noise.
2 Take up a psalm of melody
The timbrel hither bring,
Together with the psalter,
And harp sweet sounding string.

3 As in the time of the new moon,
With trumpet sound on high:
As in appointed time and day
Of our solemnity.
4 Because that unto Israel
This thing a precept was,
And by the God of Jacob this
Did for a statute pass.

5 This witness he in Joseph set,
When he through Egypt went:
Wherein a language I did hear,
But knew not what it meant.
6 I from the burthen which he bare
His shoulder did set free,
His hands also were from the pots
Delivered by me.

7 Thou call'd in straits, and i thee freed;
In thunder's secresy
I answer'd thee at Meribah,
Its waters proved thee. Selah.

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8 Hear, O my people, and I will
Unto thee testify:
If that thou wilt, O Israel,
Hear me attentively.
9 There shall not any strange god be
In midst of thee at all:
Nor unto any foreign god
Thou bowing down shalt fall.

10 I am the Lord thy God, who thee
From land of Egypt led:
Thy mouth ope wide, and thou by me
With plenty shall be fed.
11 My people yet would not give ear,
Unto the voice I spake:
And Israel would not in me
Their full contentment take.

12 So their perverse intents of heart
I left them then to have;
And let them walk on in the way
Which their own counsels gave.
13 O that my people unto me
Obedient had been!
And O that Israel he had
Walked my ways within!

14 I should within a little time
Have pulled down their foes:
I should have turn'd my hand upon
Such as did them oppose.
15 The haters of the Lord to him
Obed'ence should have fain'd:
But unto perpetuity
Their time should have remain'd.

16 And with the finest of the wheat
Have nourish'd them should he:
With honey of the rock I should
Have satisfied thee.

Text Information
First Line: Unto the mighty God our strength
Title: To the chief Musician, upon Gittith. A Psalm of Asaph
Publication Date: 1742
Scripture: Psalm 81
Language: English
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