Psalm 81:13
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!

Berean Study Bible
If only My people would listen to Me, if Israel would follow My ways,

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

New King James 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!

NASB 1995
"Oh that My people would listen to Me, That Israel would walk in My ways!

NASB 1977
“Oh that My people would listen to Me, That Israel would walk in My ways!

Amplified Bible
“Oh, that My people would listen to Me, That Israel would walk in My ways!

Christian Standard Bible
If only my people would listen to me and Israel would follow my ways,

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

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

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

Brenton Septuagint Translation
If my people had hearkened to me, if Israel had walked in my ways,

Contemporary English Version
"My people, Israel, if only you would listen and do as I say!

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

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

Good News Translation
How I wish my people would listen to me; how I wish they would obey me!

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

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

JPS Tanakh 1917
Oh that My people would hearken unto Me, That Israel would walk in My ways!

Literal Standard Version
O that My people were listening to Me, "" Israel would walk in My ways.

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

New Heart English Bible
Oh that my people would listen to me, that Israel would walk 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.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Sing for Joy to God, Our Strength
12So I gave them up to their stubborn hearts to follow their own devices. 13If only My people would listen to Me, if Israel would follow My ways, 14how soon I would subdue their enemies and turn My hand against their foes!…

Cross References
Deuteronomy 5:29
If only they had such a heart to fear Me and keep all My commandments always, so that it might be well with them and with their children forever.

Psalm 81:8
Hear, O My people, and I will warn you: O Israel, if only you would listen to Me!

Psalm 128:1
Blessed are all who fear the LORD, who walk in His ways!

Isaiah 42:24
Who gave Jacob up for spoil, and Israel to the plunderers? Was it not the LORD, against whom we have sinned? They were unwilling to walk in His ways, and they would not obey His law.

Isaiah 48:18
If only you had paid attention to My commandments, your peace would have been like a river, and your righteousness like waves of the sea.

Jeremiah 7:23
but this is what I commanded them: Obey Me, and I will be your God, and you will be My people. You must walk in all the ways I have commanded you, so 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!

oh that

Deuteronomy 5:29
O that there were such an heart in them, that they would fear me, and keep all my commandments always, that it might be well with them, and with their children for ever!

Deuteronomy 10:12,13
And now, Israel, what doth the LORD thy God require of thee, but to fear the LORD thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the LORD thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul, …

Deuteronomy 32:29
O that they were wise, that they understood this, that they would consider their latter end!









(13, 14) Hearken . . . subdue.--The verbs should be taken in a future sense, "Oh that my people would hearken . . . I should soon subdue," &c. The poet changes from reminiscences of the past to the needs of the present.

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!

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
If only
ל֗וּ (lū)
Preposition
Strong's 3863: If, would that!

My people
עַ֭מִּי (‘am·mî)
Noun - masculine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's 5971: A people, a tribe, troops, attendants, a flock

would listen
שֹׁמֵ֣עַֽ (šō·mê·a‘)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's 8085: To hear intelligently

to Me,
לִ֑י (lî)
Preposition | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew

if Israel
יִ֝שְׂרָאֵ֗ל (yiś·rā·’êl)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 3478: Israel -- 'God strives', another name of Jacob and his desc

would follow
יְהַלֵּֽכוּ׃ (yə·hal·lê·ḵū)
Verb - Piel - Imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's 1980: To go, come, walk

My ways,
בִּדְרָכַ֥י (biḏ·rā·ḵay)
Preposition-b | Noun - common plural construct | first person common singular
Strong's 1870: A road, a course of life, mode of action


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