Psalm 81:16
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New International Version
But you would be fed with the finest of wheat; with honey from the rock I would satisfy you."

New Living Translation
But I would feed you with the finest wheat. I would satisfy you with wild honey from the rock."

English Standard Version
But he would feed you with the finest of the wheat, and with honey from the rock I would satisfy you.”

New American Standard Bible
"But I would feed you with the finest of the wheat, And with honey from the rock I would satisfy you."

King James Bible
He should have fed them also with the finest of the wheat: and with honey out of the rock should I have satisfied thee.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But He would feed Israel with the best wheat." I would satisfy you with honey from the rock."

International Standard Version
But I will feed Israel with the finest wheat, satisfying you with honey from the rock.

NET Bible
"I would feed Israel the best wheat, and would satisfy your appetite with honey from the rocky cliffs."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
He fed him from the fatness of the wheat and honey from the rock satisfied him.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
But I would feed Israel with the finest wheat and satisfy them with honey from a rock."

Jubilee Bible 2000
And God would have fed them also the finest of the wheat, and with honey out of the rock I would have satisfied thee.

King James 2000 Bible
He should have fed them also with the finest of the wheat: and with honey out of the rock should I have satisfied you.

American King James Version
He should have fed them also with the finest of the wheat: and with honey out of the rock should I have satisfied you.

American Standard Version
He would feed them also with the finest of the wheat; And with honey out of the rock would I satisfy thee.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he fed them with the fat of wheat, and filled them with honey out of the rock.

Darby Bible Translation
And he would have fed them with the finest of wheat; yea, with honey out of the rock would I have satisfied thee.

English Revised Version
He should feed them also with the finest of the wheat: and with honey out of the rock should I satisfy thee.

Webster's Bible Translation
He would have fed them also with the finest of the wheat: and with honey out of the rock I should have satisfied thee.

World English Bible
But he would have also fed them with the finest of the wheat. I will satisfy you with honey out of the rock." A Psalm by Asaph.

Young's Literal Translation
He causeth him to eat of the fat of wheat, And with honey from a rock I satisfy thee!
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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 16. - He should have fed them also; rather, he should feed. With the finest of the wheat; literally, with the fat of the wheat (comp. Deuteronomy 32:14 and Psalm 147:14). And with honey out of the rock should I have satisfied thee; rather, would I satisfy thee. The expression, "honey out of the rock," is taken from Deuteronomy 32:13. It evidently means "honey of the best" - native honey, stored by the bees in clefts of the rocks. Of course, both the "wheat" and the "honey" are metaphors, which we are to regard as shadowing forth all temporal and spiritual blessings.





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He should have fed them also with the finest of the wheat,.... Or the "fat of the wheat (y)"; see Deuteronomy 32:14, with the finest flour of it: the Targum is,

"with the best bread of wheat;''

with the best of wheat, and the best bread that can be made of it: Aben Ezra interprets it of the manna, which was better than the fat, or finest, of the wheat, being the corn of heaven, and angels' food, Psalm 78:24, but it rather respects what the Israelites would have been continued to be fed with in the land of Canaan, which was a land of wheat, Deuteronomy 8:8, and such who hearken to the Lord, and walk in his ways, are fed by him with the Gospel, which is comparable to wheat, and the finest of it, for its choiceness and excellency, for its solidity and substantiality, for its purity and cleanness, and for its being of a nourishing and strengthening nature, see Jeremiah 38:28, and especially Christ, the sum and substance of the Gospel, may be figuratively meant, with whom the saints are fed, and who is compared to a corn of wheat, John 12:24 for his preciousness and excellency, for his purity and fruitfulness, and for being the food of his people, the bread of life, for which he was prepared by his sufferings and death; which may be fitly expressed by the threshing, winnowing, and grinding of wheat, and then of kneading the flour, and baking the bread:

and with honey out of the rock would I have satisfied thee; the land of Canaan abounded with hills and rocks, in which bees had their hives, and from whence honey dropped to lower places; and hence the land is said to flow with milk and honey, Exodus 3:8, nor is it unusual in other places to find honey in rocks; at Guadaloupe, in the West Indies, we are told (z), honey was found in trees and caves of rocks. Aben Ezra interprets this of the water which flowed out of the rock at Horeb, which was sweeter than honey; but the former sense is best: the rock spiritually and mystically designs Christ, the Rock of salvation, 1 Corinthians 10:4, the honey out of the rock, the fulness of grace in him, and the blessings of it, the sure mercies of David, and the precious promises of the everlasting covenant; and the Gospel, which is sweeter than the honey or the honeycomb; and with these such are filled and satisfied, who hearken to Christ, and walk in his ways; for, as the whole of what is here said shows what Israel lost by disobedience, it clearly suggests what such enjoy who hear and obey.

(y) "ex adipe frumenti", V. L. Pagninus, Montanus, Musculus; "adipe tritici", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator; so Cocceius, Gejerus, Michaelis. (z) P. Martyr. Decad. 3. lib. 9.



Psalm 81:16 Additional Commentaries
Context
Sing Aloud to God, Our Strength!
15"Those who hate the LORD would pretend obedience to Him, And their time of punishment would be forever. 16"But I would feed you with the finest of the wheat, And with honey from the rock I would satisfy you."
Cross References
Numbers 18:12
"I give you all the finest olive oil and all the finest new wine and grain they give the LORD as the firstfruits of their harvest.

Deuteronomy 32:13
He made him ride on the heights of the land and fed him with the fruit of the fields. He nourished him with honey from the rock, and with oil from the flinty crag,

Deuteronomy 32:14
with curds and milk from herd and flock and with fattened lambs and goats, with choice rams of Bashan and the finest kernels of wheat. You drank the foaming blood of the grape.

Job 29:6
when my path was drenched with cream and the rock poured out for me streams of olive oil.

Psalm 147:14
He grants peace to your borders and satisfies you with the finest of wheat.
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He should have fed them also with the finest of the wheat: and with honey out of the rock should I have satisfied you.

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Psalm 147:14 He makes peace in your borders, and fills you with the finest of the wheat.

Deuteronomy 32:13,14 He made him ride on the high places of the earth, that he might eat …

Joel 2:24 And the floors shall be full of wheat, and the vats shall overflow …

finest of the wheat. Heb. fat of wheat
honey

Judges 14:8,9,18 And after a time he returned to take her, and he turned aside to …

1 Samuel 14:25,26 And all they of the land came to a wood; and there was honey on the ground…

Job 29:6 When I washed my steps with butter, and the rock poured me out rivers of oil;

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