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Ps 81 : A hymn for the feast of booths (Deut 16.13–15 ).

The psalm is composed of a hymn of praise (vv. 1–5a ) and a divine oracle (vv. 5b–16 ). The Gittith, see Ps 8n. Asaph, see Ps 73n.

1 :

The God of Jacob, repeated in v. 4 ; this epithet, along with “Israel” (vv. 4,8,11,13 ) and “Joseph” (v. 5 ) indicate northern provenance (seven uses in all).

3 :

Our festal day, the festival of booths, when the law would be proclaimed (vv. 9–10 ) and the covenant (“ordinance” in v. 4 ) renewed. According to Lev 23.24 , the festival began at the full moon..

6 :

Salvation from slavery and oppression in Egypt (Ex 6.6–7 ).

7 :

Meribah, Ex 17.7; Num 20.13 . Selah, see Ps3.2n.

9–10 :

The first commandment (Ex 20.1–2 ) quoted in reverse order (There shall be no strange God … I am the Lord your God). Foreign god, see Deut 32.12 .

10 :

God fills the mouths of the people with food (v. 16 ).

11–12 :

The infidelity of the wilderness generation (Ps 78.17,40 ), a warning to the psalmist's contemporaries.

13–16 :

Israel's obedience would mean victory over foes and agricultural bounty. Finest of the wheat, Deut 32.14; Ps 147.14 . Honey from the rock, see Deut 32.13 .

Ps 16 : A prayer for admission to the Temple.

A psalm of trust.

2–4 :

The psalmist's faith, contrasted with idolaters who put their trust in false gods.

3 :

Holy ones, unclear; perhaps gods or deified ancestors.

4 :

The psalmist refuses to pour out libations of blood (of sacrificed animals) to other gods, or to invoke them in prayer.

5–6 :

The psalmist may be a priest (Num 18.20; Josh 18.7 ).

10–11 :

Sheol, the abode of the dead, also called the Pit, is contrasted with the Temple, the path of life, where the psalmist can experience the divine presence (Ps 11.7 ).

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