Good News Translation (GNB)
81

A Song for a FestivalPs 81 Hebrew title: By Asaph.

811Shout for joy to God our defender;

sing praise to the God of Jacob!

2Start the music and beat the tambourines;

play pleasant music on the harps and the lyres.

3

81.3:
Num 10.10
Blow the trumpet for the festival,

when the moon is new and when the moon is full.

4This is the law in Israel,

an order from the God of Jacob.

5He gave it to the people of Israel

when he attacked the land of Egypt.

I hear an unknown voice saying,

6“I took the burdens off your backs;

I let you put down your loads of bricks.

7

81.7:
Ex 17.7
Num 20.13
When you were in trouble, you called to me, and I saved you.

From my hiding place in the storm, I answered you.

I put you to the test at the springs of Meribah.

8Listen, my people, to my warning;

Israel, how I wish you would listen to me!

9

81.9–10:
Ex 20.2–3
Deut 5.6–7
You must never worship another god.

10I am the LORD your God,

who brought you out of Egypt.

Open your mouth, and I will feed you.

11“But my people would not listen to me;

Israel would not obey me.

12So I let them go their stubborn ways

and do whatever they wanted.

13How I wish my people would listen to me;

how I wish they would obey me!

14I would quickly defeat their enemies

and conquer all their foes.

15Those who hate me would bow in fear before me;

their punishment would last for ever.

16But I would feed you with the finest wheat

and satisfy you with wild honey.”

82

God the Supreme RulerPs 82 Hebrew title: A psalm by Asaph.

821God presides in the heavenly council;

in the assembly of the gods he gives his decision:

2“You must stop judging unjustly;

you must no longer be partial to the wicked!

3Defend the rights of the poor and the orphans;

be fair to the needy and the helpless.

4Rescue them from the power of the wicked.

5“How ignorant you are! How stupid!

You are completely corrupt,

and justice has disappeared from the world.

6

82.6:
Jn 10.34
‘You are gods,’ I said;

‘all of you are children of the Most High.’

7But you will die like mortals;

your life will end like that of any prince.”

8Come, O God, and rule the world;

all the nations are yours.

83

A Prayer for the Defeat of Israel's EnemiesPs 83 Hebrew title: A psalm by Asaph; a song.

831O God, do not keep silent;

do not be still, do not be quiet!

2Look! Your enemies are in revolt,

and those who hate you are rebelling.

3They are making secret plans against your people;

they are plotting against those you protect.

4“Come,” they say, “let us destroy their nation,

so that Israel will be forgotten for ever.”

5They agree on their plan

and form an alliance against you:

6the people of Edom and the Ishmaelites;

the people of Moab and the Hagrites;

7the people of Gebal, Ammon, and Amalek,

and of Philistia and Tyre.

8Assyria has also joined them

as a strong ally of the Ammonites and Moabites, the descendants of Lot.

9

83.9:
Judg 4.6–22
7.1–23
Do to them what you did to the Midianites,

and to Sisera and Jabin at the River Kishon.

10You defeated them at Endor,

and their bodies rotted on the ground.

11

83.11:
Judg 7.25
8.12
Do to their leaders what you did to Oreb and Zeeb;

defeat all their rulers as you did Zebah and Zalmunna,

12who said, “We will take for our own

the land that belongs to God.”

13Scatter them like dust, O God,

like straw blown away by the wind.

14As fire burns the forest,

as flames set the hills on fire,

15chase them away with your storm

and terrify them with your fierce winds.

16Cover their faces with shame, O LORD,

and make them acknowledge your power.

17May they be defeated and terrified for ever;

may they die in complete disgrace.

18May they know that you alone are the LORD,

supreme ruler over all the earth.