O sing joyfully to God our strength :
shout in triumph to the God of Jacob.
Make music and beat upon the drum :
sound the lute and the melodious harp.
Blow the rams horn at the new moon :
and at the full moon of our day of festival.
For this was a statute for Israel :
a commandment of the God of Jacob,
Which he laid on Joseph as a solemn charge :
when he came out of the land of Egypt.
I heard a voice that I had not known, saying :
I eased your shoulders of the burden,
and your hands were freed from the load.
You called to me in trouble, and I rescued you :
I answered you from the secret place of my thunder,
I put you to the test at the waters of Meribah.
Listen, my people, and I will admonish you :
O Israel, if only you would hear me.
There shall be no strange god among you :
nor shall you bow down to an alien god.
I am the Lord your God,
who brought you up from the land of Egypt :
open wide your mouth, and I will fill it.
But my people would not listen to my voice :
and Israel would have none of me.
So I left them to the stubbornness of their hearts :
to walk according to their own designs.
If only my people would listen :
if Israel would but walk in my ways,
I would soon put down their enemies :
and turn my hand against their adversaries.
Those that hate the Lord would cringe before him :
and their punishment would last for ever.
But Israel I would feed with the finest wheat :
and satisfy you with honey from the rocks.