Beautiful Psalm 81 is for the Sunday PsalmChallege inspired by brave Robert Geiss at daily athens photo. Please pay him a visit.
For the leader. on the gittith. Of Asaph.
2. Ring out joyously to God our strength; shout out for the God of Jacob.
5. For it is a statute for Israel, an ordinance of the God of Jacob;
6. He imposed it as a testimony upon Joseph when he went forth from the land of Egypt.
– I am listening to a language I do not know –
7. “I relieved his shoulder from the burden, his palms were freed from the basket.
8. In distress you called and I delivered you; answering you from thunder’s covert; testing you at the waters of Meribah. Selah.
9. Listen, My people, and I will call you to testify, Israel, if you would but listen to Me:
10. 'You shall not have in your midst a foreign god; you shall not bow to an alien god.
11. I am the LORD your God Who brought you up out of the land of Egypt'—open wide your mouth, and I will fill it.
12. But My people did not listen to My voice, Israel did not yield to Me;
13. so I set him free with their stubborn heart, that they could follow their own counsels.
14. O that My people would listen to Me, that Israel would follow My ways!
15. At once I would subdue their enemies, against their foes bring back My hand.”
16. Those who hate the LORD shall cringe before Him; their doom will last forever.
17. But He would feed him the finest wheat: “So I will sate you with honey from the rock.”
Translation: Rabbi Benjamin Segal
1,2. A miracle harp strung with invisible sensors at the Jerusalem Science Museum. Granddaughter Libby was playing beautiful music.
3. First century BCE Hebrew inscription: "Lebeit hateki'a" -- "To the place of trumpeting."
This stone block fell from the parapet at the southwestern corner of the Temple Mount to the street below during the destruction of the Temple.
The trumpeting may have announced the new moon, or Shabbat, or festivals.
4. A stone fountain spout. Italy, 1000-1300 CE. Bible Lands Museum, Jerusalem.