Psalm 81:13
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New International Version
"If my people would only listen to me, if Israel would only follow my ways,

New Living Translation
Oh, that my people would listen to me! Oh, that Israel would follow me, walking in my paths!

English Standard Version
Oh, that my people would listen to me, that Israel would walk in my ways!

New American Standard Bible
"Oh that My people would listen to Me, That Israel would walk in My ways!

King James Bible
Oh that my people had hearkened unto me, and Israel had walked in my ways!

Holman Christian Standard Bible
If only My people would listen to Me and Israel would follow My ways,

International Standard Version
If only my people would obey me, if only Israel would walk in my ways!

NET Bible
If only my people would obey me! If only Israel would keep my commands!

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
If my people had heard me and Israel had walked in my ways,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
If only my people would listen to me! If only Israel would follow me!

Jubilee Bible 2000
Oh, if my people would hearken unto me and Israel would walk in my ways!

King James 2000 Bible
Oh that my people had hearkened unto me, and Israel had walked in my ways!

American King James Version
Oh that my people had listened to me, and Israel had walked in my ways!

American Standard Version
Oh that my people would hearken unto me, That Israel would walk in my ways!

Douay-Rheims Bible
If my people had heard me: if Israel had walked in my ways:

Darby Bible Translation
Oh that my people had hearkened unto me, that Israel had walked in my ways!

English Revised Version
Oh that my people would hearken unto me, that Israel would walk in my ways!

Webster's Bible Translation
O that my people had hearkened to me, and Israel had walked in my ways!

World English Bible
Oh that my people would listen to me, that Israel would walk in my ways!

Young's Literal Translation
O that My people were hearkening to Me, Israel in My ways would walk.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

81:8-16 We cannot look for too little from the creature, nor too much from the Creator. We may have enough from God, if we pray for it in faith. All the wickedness of the world is owing to man's wilfulness. People are not religious, because they will not be so. God is not the Author of their sin, he leaves them to the lusts of their own hearts, and the counsels of their own heads; if they do not well, the blame must be upon themselves. The Lord is unwilling that any should perish. What enemies sinners are to themselves! It is sin that makes our troubles long, and our salvation slow. Upon the same conditions of faith and obedience, do Christians hold those spiritual and eternal good things, which the pleasant fields and fertile hills of Canaan showed forth. Christ is the Bread of life; he is the Rock of salvation, and his promises are as honey to pious minds. But those who reject him as their Lord and Master, must also lose him as their Saviour and their reward.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 13. - Oh that my people had hearkened unto me! rather, would hearken unto me! (see Professor Driver's 'Hebrew Tenses,' § 145, and compare the Revised Version). And Israel had walked in my ways! rather would walk!

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

O that my people had hearkened unto me,.... This might have been expected from them, as they were his professing people; and it would have been to their advantage if they had hearkened to him, as well as it would have been well pleasing to him; for that is what is designed by this wish, which does not express the purposing will of God; for who hath resisted that? if he had so willed, he could have given them ears to hear; but his commanding will, and what is his approving one: to hearken to him is not only to hearken to what he commands, but to what he approves of; it is the good and acceptable will of God that men should hearken to the declarations of his will in the law, and to the declarations of his grace in the Gospel; and indeed it is the voice of Christ, the Angel of God's presence, who went before the children of Israel in the wilderness, which they were to hearken to and obey, that is here meant; see Exodus 23:20, and Hebrews 3:6,

and Israel had walked in my ways; which he marked out and directed them unto, meaning his ordinances and commandments; which to walk in, as it denotes progress and continuance, and supposes and requires life and strength, so it is both pleasant and profitable.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

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.

Psalm 81:13 Additional Commentaries
Context
Sing Aloud to God, Our Strength!
12"So I gave them over to the stubbornness of their heart, To walk in their own devices. 13"Oh that My people would listen to Me, That Israel would walk in My ways! 14"I would quickly subdue their enemies And turn My hand against their adversaries.…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 5:29
Oh, that their hearts would be inclined to fear me and keep all my commands always, so that it might go well with them and their children forever!

Psalm 81:8
Hear me, my people, and I will warn you-- if you would only listen to me, Israel!

Psalm 128:1
A song of ascents. Blessed are all who fear the LORD, who walk in obedience to him.

Isaiah 42:24
Who handed Jacob over to become loot, and Israel to the plunderers? Was it not the LORD, against whom we have sinned? For they would not follow his ways; they did not obey his law.

Isaiah 48:18
If only you had paid attention to my commands, your peace would have been like a river, your well-being like the waves of the sea.

Jeremiah 7:23
but I gave them this command: Obey me, and I will be your God and you will be my people. Walk in obedience to all I command you, that it may go well with you.
Treasury of Scripture

Oh that my people had listened to me, and Israel had walked in my ways!

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Deuteronomy 5:29 O that there were such an heart in them, that they would fear me, …

Deuteronomy 10:12,13 And now, Israel, what does the LORD your God require of you, but …

Deuteronomy 32:29 O that they were wise, that they understood this, that they would …

Isaiah 48:18 O that you had listened to my commandments! then had your peace been …

Matthew 23:37 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you that kill the prophets, and stone them …

Luke 19:41,42 And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it…

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