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    PSALM 81

    Ps 81:1-16. Gittith--(See on Ps 8:1, title). A festal Psalm, probably for the passover (compare Mt 26:30), in which, after an exhortation to praise God, He is introduced, reminding Israel of their obligations, chiding their neglect, and depicting the happy results of obedience.

    1. our strength-- (Ps 38:7).

    2. unites the most joyful kinds of music, vocal and instrumental.

    3. the new moon--or the month.
    - the time appointed--(Compare Pr 7:20).

    5. a testimony--The feasts, especially the passover, attested God's relation to His people.
    - Joseph--for Israel (Ps 80:1).
    - went out through--or, "over," that is, Israel in the exodus.
    - I heard--change of person. The writer speaks for the nation.
    - language--literally, "lip" (Ps 14:1). An aggravation or element of their distress that their oppressors were foreigners (De 28:49).

    6. God's language alludes to the burdensome slavery of the Israelites.

    7. secret place--the cloud from which He troubled the Egyptians (Ex 14:24).
    - proved thee-- (Ps 7:10; 17:3) --tested their faith by the miracle.

    8. (Compare Ps 50:7). The reproof follows to Ps 81:12.
    - if thou wilt hearken--He then propounds the terms of His covenant: they should worship Him alone, who (Ps 81:10) had delivered them, and would still confer all needed blessings.

    11, 12. They failed, and He gave them up to their own desires and hardness of heart (De 29:18; Pr 1:30; Ro 11:25).

    13-16. Obedience would have secured all promised blessings and the subjection of foes. In this passage, "should have," "would have," &c., are better, "should" and "would" expressing God's intention at the time, that is, when they left Egypt.

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