Psalm 81:5
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New International Version
When God went out against Egypt, he established it as a statute for Joseph. I heard an unknown voice say:

New Living Translation
He made it a law for Israel when he attacked Egypt to set us free. I heard an unknown voice say,

English Standard Version
He made it a decree in Joseph when he went out over the land of Egypt. I hear a language I had not known:

New American Standard Bible
He established it for a testimony in Joseph When he went throughout the land of Egypt. I heard a language that I did not know:

King James Bible
This he ordained in Joseph for a testimony, when he went out through the land of Egypt: where I heard a language that I understood not.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He set it up as an ordinance for Joseph when He went throughout the land of Egypt. I heard an unfamiliar language:"

International Standard Version
a decree that he prescribed for Joseph when he went throughout the land of Egypt, speaking a language I did not recognize.

NET Bible
He decreed it as a regulation in Joseph, when he attacked the land of Egypt. I heard a voice I did not recognize.

New Heart English Bible
He appointed it in Joseph for a testimony, when he went out over the land of Egypt, I heard a language that I did not know.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
He appointed a testimony in Joseph when he went forth to the land of Egypt; he heard a language that he did not know.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
These are the instructions God set in place for Joseph when Joseph rose to power over Egypt. I heard a message I did not understand:

JPS Tanakh 1917
He appointed it in Joseph for a testimony, When He went forth against the land of Egypt. The speech of one that I knew not did I hear:

New American Standard 1977
He established it for a testimony in Joseph,
            When he went throughout the land of Egypt.
            I heard a language that I did not know:

Jubilee Bible 2000
This he ordained in Joseph for a testimony, when he went out through the land of Egypt where I heard a language that I did not understand.

King James 2000 Bible
This he ordained in Joseph for a testimony, when he went out through the land of Egypt: where I heard a language that I understood not.

American King James Version
This he ordained in Joseph for a testimony, when he went out through the land of Egypt: where I heard a language that I understood not.

American Standard Version
He appointed it in Joseph for a testimony, When he went out over the land of Egypt, Where I heard a language that I knew not.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He ordained it for a testimony in Joseph, when he came out of the land of Egypt: he heard a tongue which he knew not.

Darby Bible Translation
He ordained it in Joseph [for] a testimony, when he went forth over the land of Egypt, [where] I heard a language that I knew not.

English Revised Version
He appointed it in Joseph for testimony, when he went out over the land of Egypt: where I heard a language that I knew not.

Webster's Bible Translation
This he ordained in Joseph for a testimony, when he went out through the land of Egypt: where I heard a language that I understood not.

World English Bible
He appointed it in Joseph for a testimony, when he went out over the land of Egypt, I heard a language that I didn't know.

Young's Literal Translation
A testimony on Joseph He hath placed it, In his going forth over the land of Egypt. A lip, I have not known -- I hear.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
81:1-7 All the worship we can render to the Lord is beneath his excellences, and our obligations to him, especially in our redemption from sin and wrath. What God had done on Israel's behalf, was kept in remembrance by public solemnities. To make a deliverance appear more gracious, more glorious, it is good to observe all that makes the trouble we are delivered from appear more grievous. We ought never to forget the base and ruinous drudgery to which Satan, our oppressor, brought us. But when, in distress of conscience, we are led to cry for deliverance, the Lord answers our prayers, and sets us at liberty. Convictions of sin, and trials by affliction, prove his regard to his people. If the Jews, on their solemn feast-days, were thus to call to mind their redemption out of Egypt, much more ought we, on the Christian sabbath, to call to mind a more glorious redemption, wrought out for us by our Lord Jesus Christ, from worse bondage.
Study Bible
Sing Aloud to God, Our Strength!
4For it is a statute for Israel, An ordinance of the God of Jacob. 5He established it for a testimony in Joseph When he went throughout the land of Egypt. I heard a language that I did not know: 6"I relieved his shoulder of the burden, His hands were freed from the basket.…
Cross References
Exodus 11:4
Moses said, "Thus says the LORD, 'About midnight I am going out into the midst of Egypt,

Deuteronomy 28:49
"The LORD will bring a nation against you from afar, from the end of the earth, as the eagle swoops down, a nation whose language you shall not understand,

Psalm 78:5
For He established a testimony in Jacob And appointed a law in Israel, Which He commanded our fathers That they should teach them to their children,

Psalm 81:4
For it is a statute for Israel, An ordinance of the God of Jacob.

Psalm 114:1
When Israel went forth from Egypt, The house of Jacob from a people of strange language,

Jeremiah 5:15
"Behold, I am bringing a nation against you from afar, O house of Israel," declares the LORD. "It is an enduring nation, It is an ancient nation, A nation whose language you do not know, Nor can you understand what they say.
Treasury of Scripture

This he ordained in Joseph for a testimony, when he went out through the land of Egypt: where I heard a language that I understood not.

in Joseph

Psalm 77:15 You have with your arm redeemed your people, the sons of Jacob and …

Psalm 80:1,2 Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, you that lead Joseph like a flock; …

Amos 6:6 That drink wine in bowls, and anoint themselves with the chief ointments: …

for a

Psalm 78:6 That the generation to come might know them, even the children which …

Exodus 13:8,9,14-16 And you shall show your son in that day, saying, This is done because …

Deuteronomy 4:45 These are the testimonies, and the statutes, and the judgments, which …

Ezekiel 20:20 And hallow my sabbaths; and they shall be a sign between me and you, …

through. or, against

Exodus 12:12,27,29 For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite …

where

Psalm 114:1 When Israel went out of Egypt, the house of Jacob from a people of …

Deuteronomy 28:49 The LORD shall bring a nation against you from far, from the end …

Isaiah 28:11 For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people.

Jeremiah 5:15 See, I will bring a nation on you from far, O house of Israel, said …

1 Corinthians 14:21,22 In the law it is written, With men of other tongues and other lips …

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