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Psalm chapter 81

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[For the choir director: on the Gittith. Of Asaph.] Sing for joy to God our strength; shout in triumph to the God of Jacob.
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Lift up a song-- play the tambourine, the melodious lyre, and the harp.
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Blow the horn during the new moon and during the full moon, on the day of our feast.
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For this is a statute for Israel, a judgment of the God of Jacob.
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He set it up as an ordinance for Joseph when He went throughout the land of Egypt. I heard an unfamiliar language:
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"I relieved his shoulder from the burden; his hands were freed from [carrying] the basket.
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You called out in distress, and I rescued you; I answered you from the thundercloud. I tested you at the waters of Meribah. Selah
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Listen, My people, and I will admonish you. Israel, if you would only listen to Me!
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There must not be a strange god among you; you must not bow down to a foreign god.
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I am Yahweh your God, who brought you up from the land of Egypt. Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it.
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"But My people did not listen to Me; Israel did not obey Me.
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So I gave them over to their stubborn hearts to follow their own plans.
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If only My people would listen to Me and Israel would follow My ways,
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I would quickly subdue their enemies and turn My hand against their foes."
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Those who hate the LORD would pretend submission to Him; their doom would last forever.
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But He would feed Israel with the best wheat. "I would satisfy you with honey from the rock."

Psalm chapter 82

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[A psalm of Asaph.] God has taken His place in the divine assembly; He judges among the gods:
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"How long will you judge unjustly and show partiality to the wicked? Selah
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Provide justice for the needy and the fatherless; uphold the rights of the oppressed and the destitute.
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Rescue the poor and needy; save them from the hand of the wicked."
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They do not know or understand; they wander in darkness. All the foundations of the earth are shaken.
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I said, "You are gods; you are all sons of the Most High.
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However, you will die like men and fall like any other ruler."
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Rise up, God, judge the earth, for all the nations belong to You.

Psalm chapter 83

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[A song. A psalm of Asaph.] God, do not keep silent. Do not be deaf, God; do not be idle.
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See how Your enemies make an uproar; those who hate You have acted arrogantly.
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They devise clever schemes against Your people; they conspire against Your treasured ones.
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They say, "Come, let us wipe them out as a nation so that Israel's name will no longer be remembered."
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For they have conspired with one mind; they form an alliance against You--
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the tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites, Moab and the Hagrites,
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Gebal, Ammon, and Amalek, Philistia with the inhabitants of Tyre.
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Even Assyria has joined them; they lend support to the sons of Lot. Selah
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Deal with them as [You did] with Midian, as [You did] with Sisera and Jabin at the Kishon River.
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They were destroyed at En-dor; they became manure for the ground.
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Make their nobles like Oreb and Zeeb, and all their tribal leaders like Zebah and Zalmunna,
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who said, "Let us seize God's pastures for ourselves."
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Make them like tumbleweed, my God, like straw before the wind.
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As fire burns a forest, as a flame blazes through mountains,
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so pursue them with Your tempest and terrify them with Your storm.
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Cover their faces with shame so that they will seek Your name, LORD.
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Let them be put to shame and terrified forever; let them perish in disgrace.
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May they know that You alone-- whose name is Yahweh-- are the Most High over all the earth.

Psalm chapter 84

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[For the choir director: on the Gittith. A psalm of the sons of Korah.] How lovely is Your dwelling place, LORD of Hosts.
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I long and yearn for the courts of the LORD; my heart and flesh cry out for the living God.
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Even a sparrow finds a home, and a swallow, a nest for herself where she places her young-- near Your altars, LORD of Hosts, my King and my God.
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How happy are those who reside in Your house, who praise You continually. Selah
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Happy are the people whose strength is in You, whose hearts are set on pilgrimage.
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As they pass through the Valley of Baca, they make it a source of springwater; even the autumn rain will cover it with blessings.
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They go from strength to strength; each appears before God in Zion.
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LORD God of Hosts, hear my prayer; listen, God of Jacob. Selah
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Consider our shield, God; look on the face of Your anointed one.
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Better a day in Your courts than a thousand [anywhere else]. I would rather be at the door of the house of my God than to live in the tents of the wicked.
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For the LORD God is a sun and shield. The LORD gives grace and glory; He does not withhold the good from those who live with integrity.
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LORD of Hosts, happy is the person who trusts in You!

Psalm chapter 85

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[For the choir director. A psalm of the sons of Korah.] LORD, You showed favor to Your land; You restored Jacob's prosperity.
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You took away Your people's guilt; You covered all their sin. Selah
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You withdrew all Your fury; You turned from Your burning anger.
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Return to us, God of our salvation, and abandon Your displeasure with us.
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Will You be angry with us forever? Will You prolong Your anger for all generations?
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Will You not revive us again so that Your people may rejoice in You?
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Show us Your faithful love, LORD, and give us Your salvation.
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I will listen to what God will say; surely the LORD will declare peace to His people, His godly ones, and not let them go back to foolish ways.
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His salvation is very near those who fear Him, so that glory may dwell in our land.
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Faithful love and truth will join together; righteousness and peace will embrace.
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Truth will spring up from the earth, and righteousness will look down from heaven.
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Also, the LORD will provide what is good, and our land will yield its crops.
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Righteousness will go before Him to prepare the way for His steps.