81 For the music director; according to the gittith style; 1 by Asaph.
Shout for joy to God, our source of strength!
Shout out to the God of Jacob!
2 Sing 2 a song and play the tambourine,
the pleasant sounding harp, and the ten-stringed instrument!
3 Sound the ram’s horn on the day of the new moon, 3
and on the day of the full moon when our festival begins. 4
4 For observing the festival is a requirement for Israel; 5
it is an ordinance given by the God of Jacob.
5 He decreed it as a regulation in Joseph,
when he attacked the land of Egypt. 6
I heard a voice I did not recognize. 7
6 It said: 8 “I removed the burden from his shoulder;
his hands were released from holding the basket. 9
7 In your distress you called out and I rescued you.
I answered you from a dark thundercloud. 10
I tested you at the waters of Meribah. 11 (Selah)
8 I said, 12 ‘Listen, my people!
I will warn 13 you!
O Israel, if only you would obey me! 14
9 There must be 15 no other 16 god among you.
You must not worship a foreign god.
10 I am the Lord, your God,
the one who brought you out of the land of Egypt.
Open your mouth wide and I will fill it!’
11 But my people did not obey me; 17
Israel did not submit to me. 18
12 I gave them over to their stubborn desires; 19
they did what seemed right to them. 20
13 If only my people would obey me! 21
If only Israel would keep my commands! 22
14 Then I would quickly subdue their enemies,
and attack 23 their adversaries.”
15 (May those who hate the Lord 24 cower in fear 25 before him!
May they be permanently humiliated!) 26
16 “I would feed Israel the best wheat, 27
and would satisfy your appetite 28 with honey from the rocky cliffs.” 29
82 A psalm of Asaph.
God stands in 1 the assembly of El; 2
in the midst of the gods 3 he renders judgment. 4
2 He says, 5 “How long will you make unjust legal decisions
and show favoritism to the wicked? 6 (Selah)
3 Defend the cause of the poor and the fatherless! 7
Vindicate the oppressed and suffering!
4 Rescue the poor and needy!
Deliver them from the power 8 of the wicked!
5 They 9 neither know nor understand.
They stumble 10 around in the dark,
while all the foundations of the earth crumble. 11
6 I thought, 12 ‘You are gods;
all of you are sons of the Most High.’ 13
7 Yet you will die like mortals; 14
you will fall like all the other rulers.” 15
8 Rise up, O God, and execute judgment on the earth!
For you own 16 all the nations.
83 A song, a psalm of Asaph.
O God, do not be silent!
Do not ignore us! 1 Do not be inactive, O God!
2 For look, your enemies are making a commotion;
those who hate you are hostile. 2
3 They carefully plot 3 against your people,
and make plans to harm 4 the ones you cherish. 5
4 They say, “Come on, let’s annihilate them so they are no longer a nation! 6
Then the name of Israel will be remembered no more.”
5 Yes, 7 they devise a unified strategy; 8
they form an alliance 9 against you.
6 It includes 10 the tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites,
Moab and the Hagrites, 11
7 Gebal, 12 Ammon, and Amalek,
Philistia and the inhabitants of Tyre. 13
8 Even Assyria has allied with them,
lending its strength to the descendants of Lot. 14 (Selah)
9 Do to them as you did to Midian 15 –
as you did to Sisera and Jabin at the Kishon River! 16
10 They were destroyed at Endor; 17
their corpses were like manure 18 on the ground.
11 Make their nobles like Oreb and Zeeb, 19
and all their rulers like Zebah and Zalmunna, 20
12 who said, 21 “Let’s take over 22 the pastures of God!”
13 O my God, make them like dead thistles, 23
like dead weeds blown away by 24 the wind!
14 Like the fire that burns down the forest,
or the flames that consume the mountainsides, 25
15 chase them with your gale winds,
and terrify 26 them with your windstorm.
16 Cover 27 their faces with shame,
so they might seek 28 you, 29 O Lord.
17 May they be humiliated and continually terrified! 30
May they die in shame! 31
18 Then they will know 32 that you alone are the Lord, 33
the sovereign king 34 over all the earth.