An Admonition to Fidelity

For the leader; "upon the gittith." Of Asaph.

Sing joyfully to God our strength; shout in triumph to the God of Jacob!

Take up a melody, sound the timbrel, the sweet-sounding harp and lyre.

Blow the trumpet at the new moon, at the full moon, on our solemn feast.

For this is a law in Israel, an edict of the God of Jacob, Who made it a decree for Joseph when he came out of the land of Egypt.

I hear a new oracle:

I relieved their shoulders of the burden; their hands put down the basket.

In distress you called and I rescued you; unseen, I spoke to you in thunder; At the waters of Meribah I tested you and said: "Listen, my people, I give you warning! If only you will obey me, Israel! There must be no foreign god among you; you must not worship an alien god. I, the Lord, am your God, who brought you up from the land of Egypt. Open wide your mouth that I may fill it."

But my people did not listen to my words; Israel did not obey me.

So I gave them over to hardness of heart; they followed their own designs.

But even now if my people would listen, if Israel would walk in my paths, in a moment I would subdue their foes, against their enemies unleash my hand.

Those who hate the Lord would tremble, their doom sealed forever.

But Israel I would feed with the finest wheat, satisfy them with honey from the rock.