For the Chief Musician; set to the Gittith. A Psalm of Asaph.

[1] SING aloud unto God our strength:

Make a joyful noise unto the God of Jacob.

[2] Raise a song, and bring〖Or, strike the timbrel.〗 hither the timbrel,

The pleasant harp with the psaltery.

[3] Blow the trumpet at the new moon,

At the full moon, on our feastday.

[4] For it is a statute for Israel,

An ordinance of the God of Jacob.

[5] He appointed it in Joseph for a testimony,

When he went out over〖Or, against.〗 the land of Egypt,

Where I heard a〖Or, the speech of one that &c.〗 language that I knew not.

[6] I removed his shoulder from the burden:

His hands were freed from the basket.

[7] Thou calledst in trouble, and I delivered thee;

I answered thee in the secret place of thunder;

I proved thee at the waters of Meribah. [Selah

[8] Hear, O my people, and I will testify unto thee:

O Israel, if thou wouldest hearken unto me!

[9] There shall no strange god be in thee;

Neither shalt thou worship any foreign god.

[10] I am Jehovah thy God,

Who brought thee up 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 would none of me.

[12] So I let them go after the stubbornness of their heart,

That they might walk in their own counsels.

[13] Oh that my people would hearken unto me,

That Israel would walk in my ways!

[14] I would soon subdue their enemies,

And turn my hand against their adversaries

[15] The haters of Jehovah should submit〖Or, yield feigned obedience.Heb. lie.〗 themselves unto him:

But their time should endure for ever.

[16] He would feed them also with the finest〖Heb. fat of wheat.〗 of the wheat;

And with honey out of the rock would I satisfy thee.

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