Friday, October 18, 2013

Psalm 81


Psalm 81:3-4, 5-6, 6-8, 10-11

#86B Solemnities B Context (9th Sunday in Ordinary Time B)

R. (2a) Sing with joy to God our help.

Take up a melody, and sound the timbrel,
the pleasant harp and the lyre.
Blow the trumpet at the new moon,
at the full moon, on our solemn feast.
R. Sing with joy to God our help.

For it is a statute in Israel,
an ordinance of the God of Jacob,
who made it a decree for Joseph
when he came forth from the land of Egypt.
R. Sing with joy to God our help.

An unfamiliar speech I hear:
"I relieved his shoulder of the burden;
his hands were freed from the basket.
In distress you called, and I rescued you."
R. Sing with joy to God our help.

"There shall be no strange god among you
nor shall you worship any alien god.
I, the LORD, am your God
who led you forth from the land of Egypt."
R. Sing with joy to God our help.
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Commentary on Ps 81:3-4, 5-6, 6-8, 10-11

Psalm 81 is a prophetic liturgy generally associated with the Feast of Tabernacles. Here David rejoices in God’s mercy, freeing his people from constant toil, giving them rest from their labors through the Mosaic Covenant. It reinforces that covenant reminding the people they have One True God who is their salvation.

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#241 Weekday Years I & II Context (Friday of the 3rd Week of Lent)

R. (see 11 and 9a) I am the Lord your God: hear my voice.

An unfamiliar speech I hear:
“I relieved his shoulder of the burden;
his hands were freed from the basket.
In distress you called, and I rescued you.”
R. I am the Lord your God: hear my voice.

“Unseen, I answered you in thunder;
I tested you at the waters of Meribah.
Hear, my people, and I will admonish you;
O Israel, will you not hear me?”
R. I am the Lord your God: hear my voice.

“There shall be no strange god among you
nor shall you worship any alien god.
I, the LORD, am your God
who led you forth from the land of Egypt.”
R. I am the Lord your God: hear my voice.

“If only my people would hear me,
and Israel walk in my ways,
I would feed them with the best of wheat,
and with honey from the rock I would fill them.”
R. I am the Lord your God: hear my voice.
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Commentary on Ps 81:6c-8a, 8bc-9, 10-11ab, 14 and 17

Psalm 81 is a prophetic liturgy. The voice is a priest speaking in God’s name. We hear in it the Lord’s promise of compassion and the warning to listen to God and turn back to him.

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Psalm 81:10-11ab, 12-13, 14-15

#333 Weekday Year II Context (Friday of the 5th Week in Ordinary Time)

R. (11a and 9a) I am the Lord, your God: hear my voice.

“There shall be no strange god among you
nor shall you worship any alien god.
I, the LORD, am your God
who led you forth from the land of Egypt.”
R. I am the Lord, your God: hear my voice.

“My people heard not my voice,
and Israel obeyed me not;
So I gave them up to the hardness of their hearts;
they walked according to their own counsels.”
R. I am the Lord, your God: hear my voice.

“If only my people would hear me,
and Israel walk in my ways,
Quickly would I humble their enemies;
against their foes I would turn my hand.”
R. I am the Lord, your God: hear my voice.
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Commentary on Ps 81:10-11ab, 12-13, 14-15

Psalm 81 is a prophetic liturgy. The voice is a priest speaking in God’s name. Through him God warns against the sin of Solomon – worshiping false gods. It warns that the faithful must remain firm, and if they do, God will be with them.

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Psalm 81:3-4, 5-6, 10-11ab

#405 Weekday Year I Context (Friday of the 17th Week in Ordinary Time)

R.(2a) Sing with joy to God our help.

Take up a melody, and sound the timbrel,
the pleasant harp and the lyre.
Blow the trumpet at the new moon,
at the full moon, on our solemn feast.

R. Sing with joy to God our help.
For it is a statute in Israel,
an ordinance of the God of Jacob,
Who made it a decree for Joseph
when he came forth from the land of Egypt.

R. Sing with joy to God our help.
There shall be no strange god among you
nor shall you worship any alien god.
I, the LORD, am your God
who led you forth from the land of Egypt.
R. Sing with joy to God our help.
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Commentary on Ps 81:3-4, 5-6, 10-11ab

Psalm 81 is a song of thanksgiving. These strophes celebrate the gift of the Law of Moses and its prescriptions, recalling also the salvation brought about by God.

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Psalm 81:12-13, 14-15, 16-17

#407 Weekday Year I Context (Monday of the 18th Week in Ordinary Time)

R. (2a) Sing with joy to God our help.

“My people heard not my voice,
and Israel obeyed me not;
So I gave them up to the hardness of their hearts;
they walked according to their own counsels.”
R. Sing with joy to God our help.

“If only my people would hear me,
and Israel walk in my ways,
Quickly would I humble their enemies;
against their foes I would turn my hand.”
R. Sing with joy to God our help.

“Those who hated the LORD would seek to flatter me,
but their fate would endure forever,
While Israel I would feed with the best of wheat,
and with honey from the rock I would fill them.”
R. Sing with joy to God our help.
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Commentary on Ps 81:12-13, 14-15, 16-17

Psalm 81 is a song of thanksgiving. The psalm generally gives thanks for the gift of the Law and its prescriptions, recalling also the salvation brought about by God. These strophes contain a lament for the times when Israel turned from the Law and a condemnation for those who do not hear it.

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