1 Sing merrily to God our strength, ♦
shout for joy to the God of Jacob.
2 Take up the song and sound the timbrel, ♦
the tuneful lyre with the harp.
3 Blow the trumpet at the new moon, ♦
as at the full moon, upon our solemn feast day.
4 For this is a statute for Israel, ♦
a law of the God of Jacob,
5 The charge he laid on the people of Joseph, ♦
when they came out of the land of Egypt.
6 I heard a voice I did not know, that said: ♦
‘I eased their shoulder from the burden;
their hands were set free from bearing the load.
7 ‘You called upon me in trouble and I delivered you; ♦
I answered you from the secret place of thunder
and proved you at the waters of Meribah.
8 ‘Hear, O my people, and I will admonish you: ♦
O Israel, if you would but listen to me!
9 ‘There shall be no strange god among you; ♦
you shall not worship a foreign god.
10 ‘I am the Lord your God,
who brought you up from the land of Egypt; ♦
open your mouth wide and I shall fill it.’
11 But my people would not hear my voice ♦
and Israel would not obey me.
12 So I sent them away in the stubbornness of their hearts, ♦
and let them walk after their own counsels.
13 O that my people would listen to me, ♦
that Israel would walk in my ways!
14 Then I should soon put down their enemies ♦
and turn my hand against their adversaries.
15 Those who hate the Lord would be humbled before him, ♦
and their punishment would last for ever.
16 But Israel would I feed with the finest wheat ♦
and with honey from the rock would I satisfy them.
Common Worship: Services and Prayers for the Church of England, material from which is included here,
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