Psalms 81–83

For the Music Director. According to The Gittith. A Psalm of Asaph.

1 Sing aloud unto God our strength;

make a joyful noise unto the God of Jacob.

2 Lift up a melody, and sound the tambourine,

the pleasant lyre with the harp.

3 Blow the trumpet at the New Moon,

at the full moon on our feast day.

4 For this is a statute for Israel,

a decree of the God of Jacob.

5 This He ordained in Joseph as a decree

when He went out against the land of Egypt.

I heard a voice that I had not known:

6 “I removed his shoulder from the burden;

his hands were released from holding the basket.

7 You called in trouble, and I delivered you;

I answered you in the secret place of thunder;

I tested you at the waters of Meribah. Selah

8 Hear, O My people, and I will testify against you.

O Israel, if you would listen to me!

9 There shall be no strange god among you;

neither shall you bow down to any strange god.

10 I am the Lord your God,

who brought you out of the land of Egypt;

open your mouth wide, and I will fill it.

11 “But My people would not listen to My voice;

Israel would not submit to Me.

12 So I gave them up to their stubborn hearts,

to walk in their own counsels.

13 “Oh, that My people would listen to Me,

and Israel would follow in My ways!

14 I would soon subdue their enemies,

and turn My hand against their adversaries.

15 Let those who hate the Lord cower before Him

and their fate might last forever.

16 But I would feed them with the finest of wheat,

and with honey out of the rock I would satisfy you.”

Psalm 82

A Psalm of Asaph.

1 God stands among the divine council;

He renders judgment among the gods.

2 “How long will you all judge unjustly

and accept partiality of the wicked? Selah

3 Defend the poor and fatherless;

vindicate the afflicted and needy.

4 Grant escape to the abused and the destitute,

pluck them out of the hand of the false.

5 “They have neither knowledge nor understanding;

they walk in darkness:

all the foundations of the earth are shaken.”

6 I have said, “You are gods,

sons of the Most High, all of you,

7 but you all shall die like men,

and fall like a man, O princes.”

8 Arise, O God, judge the earth,

for You shall inherit all nations.

Psalm 83

A Song. A Psalm of Asaph.

1 Do not keep Your silence, O God;

do not hold Your peace or be still, O God.

2 For, look, Your enemies make an uproar,

and those who hate You have lifted up their heads.

3 They have given crafty counsel against Your people,

and have consulted against Your treasured ones.

4 They have said, “Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation,

that the name of Israel may be no more remembered.”

5 For they have conspired together;

they make a covenant against You—

6 the tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites,

even Moab and the Hagrites;

7 Gebal and Ammon and Amalek,

the Philistines with the inhabitants of Tyre;

8 Assyria also is joined with them,

they are the strength of the descendants of Lot. Selah

9 Do to them as You did to the Midianites,

as to Sisera and Jabin at the river of Kishon,

10 who perished at Endor;

they became as dung for the ground.

11 Make their nobles like Oreb and Zeeb;

yes, all their princes as Zebah and Zalmunna,

12 who said, “Let us take for ourselves

the pastures of God as a possession.”

13 O my God, make them like a tumbleweed,

as stubble before the wind.

14 As fire burns a forest,

and as the flame sets the mountains ablaze,

15 so pursue them with Your storm,

and make them afraid with Your hurricane.

16 Fill their faces with shame,

that they may seek your name, O Lord.

17 Let them be confounded and troubled forever;

yes, let them be put to shame and perish,

18 that they may know that You, whose name alone is the Lord,

are the Most High over all the earth.

Romans 11:19–36

19 You will say then, “The branches were broken off, so that I might be grafted in.” 20 This is correct. They were broken off because of unbelief, but you stand by faith. Do not be arrogant, but fear. 21 For if God did not spare the natural branches, neither will He spare you.

22 Therefore consider the goodness and severity of God—severity toward those who fell, but goodness toward you, if you continue in His goodness. Otherwise, you also will be cut off. 23 And these also, if they do not remain in unbelief, will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again. 24 For if you were cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and were grafted contrary to nature into a cultivated olive tree, how much more will these, who are the natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree?

25 For I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers, lest you be wise in your own estimation, for a partial hardening has come upon Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in. 26 And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written:

“The Deliverer will come out of Zion,

and He will remove ungodliness from Jacob”;

27 “for this is My covenant with them,

when I shall take away their sins.”

28 As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sake, but as regarding the election, they are beloved for the sake of the patriarchs. 29 For the gifts and calling of God are irrevocable. 30 For just as you once were disobedient to God, but have now received mercy through their disobedience, 31 so these also have now been disobedient, that they also may receive mercy by the mercy shown to you. 32 For God has imprisoned them all in disobedience, so that He might be merciful to all.

33 O the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God!

How unsearchable are His judgments

and unfathomable are His ways!

34 “For who has known the mind of the Lord?

Or who has become His counselor?”

35 “Or who has first given to Him,

and it shall be repaid to him?”

36 For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things.

To Him be glory forever! Amen.