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:-. Gittith—(See on :-, title). A festal Psalm, probably for the passover (compare Matthew 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— ( :-).
2. unites the most joyful kinds of music, vocal and instrumental.
3. the new moon—or the month.
the time appointed—(Compare Proverbs 7:20).
5. a testimony—The feasts, especially the passover, attested God's relation to His people.
Joseph—for Israel (Psalms 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" (Psalms 14:1). An aggravation or element of their distress that their oppressors were foreigners (Deuteronomy 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 ( :-).
proved thee— (Psalms 7:10; Psalms 17:3) —tested their faith by the miracle.
8. (Compare :-). The reproof follows to :-.
if thou wilt hearken—He then propounds the terms of His covenant: they should worship Him alone, who (Psalms 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 (Deuteronomy 29:18; Proverbs 1:30; Romans 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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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Psalms 81". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". https://studylight.org/
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