Psalm 81:7
New International Version
In your distress you called and I rescued you, I answered you out of a thundercloud; I tested you at the waters of Meribah.

New Living Translation
You cried to me in trouble, and I saved you; I answered out of the thundercloud and tested your faith when there was no water at Meribah. Interlude

English Standard Version
In distress you called, and I delivered you; I answered you in the secret place of thunder; I tested you at the waters of Meribah. Selah

Berean Study Bible
You called out in distress, and I rescued you; I answered you from the cloud of thunder; I tested you at the waters of Meribah. Selah

New American Standard Bible
"You called in trouble and I rescued you; I answered you in the hiding place of thunder; I proved you at the waters of Meribah. Selah.

King James Bible
Thou calledst in trouble, and I delivered thee; I answered thee in the secret place of thunder: I proved thee at the waters of Meribah. Selah.

Christian Standard Bible
You called out in distress, and I rescued you; I answered you from the thundercloud. I tested you at the Waters of Meribah. Selah

Contemporary English Version
When you were in trouble, I rescued you, and from the thunderclouds, I answered your prayers. Later I tested you at Meribah Spring.

Good News Translation
When you were in trouble, you called to me, and I saved you. From my hiding place in the storm, I answered you. I put you to the test at the springs of Meribah.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
You called out in distress, and I rescued you; I answered you from the thundercloud. I tested you at the waters of Meribah. Selah

International Standard Version
In a time of need you called out and I delivered you; I answered you from the dark thundercloud; I tested you at the waters of Meribah. Interlude

NET Bible
In your distress you called out and I rescued you. I answered you from a dark thundercloud. I tested you at the waters of Meribah. (Selah)

New Heart English Bible
You called in trouble, and I delivered you. I answered you in the secret place of thunder. I tested you at the waters of Meribah." Selah.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
He called me in trouble, and in secret, in my glorious refuge, I saved him and I tested him.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
When you were in trouble, you called out [to me], and I rescued you. I was hidden in thunder, but I answered you. I tested your [loyalty] at the oasis of Meribah. [Selah]

JPS Tanakh 1917
Thou didst call in trouble, and I rescued thee; I answered thee in the secret place of thunder; I proved thee at the waters of Meribah. Selah

New American Standard 1977
“You called in trouble, and I rescued you; I answered you in the hiding place of thunder; I proved you at the waters of Meribah. Selah.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Thou didst call in trouble, and I delivered thee; I answered thee in the secret place of thunder; I proved thee at the waters of Meribah. Selah.

King James 2000 Bible
You called in trouble, and I delivered you; I answered you in the secret place of thunder: I tested you at the waters of Meribah. Selah.

American King James Version
You called in trouble, and I delivered you; I answered you in the secret place of thunder: I proved you at the waters of Meribah. Selah.

American Standard Version
Thou calledst in trouble, and I delivered thee; I answered thee in the secret place of thunder; I proved thee at the waters of Meribah. Selah

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Thou didst call upon me in trouble, and I delivered thee; I heard thee in the secret place of the storm: I proved thee at the water of Strife. Pause.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Thou calledst upon me in affliction, and I delivered thee: I heard thee in the secret place of tempest: I proved thee at the waters of contradiction.

Darby Bible Translation
Thou calledst in trouble, and I delivered thee; I answered thee in the secret place of thunder; I proved thee at the waters of Meribah. Selah.

English Revised Version
Thou calledst in trouble, and I answered thee in the secret place of thunder; I proved thee at the waters of Meribah. Selah

Webster's Bible Translation
Thou calledst in trouble, and I delivered thee; I answered thee in the secret place of thunder: I proved thee at the waters of Meribah. Selah.

World English Bible
You called in trouble, and I delivered you. I answered you in the secret place of thunder. I tested you at the waters of Meribah." Selah.

Young's Literal Translation
In distress thou hast called and I deliver thee, I answer thee in the secret place of thunder, I try thee by the waters of Meribah. Selah.
Study Bible
Sing for Joy to God, Our Strength
6“I relieved his shoulder of the burden; his hands were freed from the basket. 7You called out in distress, and I rescued you; I answered you from the cloud of thunder; I tested you at the waters of Meribah. Selah 8Hear, O My people, and I will warn you: O Israel, if only you would listen to Me!…
Cross References
Exodus 2:23
After a long time, the king of Egypt died. The Israelites groaned and cried out under their burden of slavery, and their cry for deliverance from bondage ascended to God.

Exodus 14:10
As Pharaoh approached, the Israelites looked up and saw the Egyptians marching after them, and they were terrified and cried out to the LORD.

Exodus 17:6
Behold, I will stand there before you by the rock at Horeb; when you strike the rock, water will come out of it for the people to drink." So Moses did this in the sight of the elders of Israel.

Exodus 17:7
He named the place Massah and Meribah because the Israelites quarreled, and because they tested the LORD, saying, "Is the LORD among us or not?"

Exodus 19:19
And as the sound of the trumpet grew louder and louder, Moses spoke, and God answered him in the thunder.

Exodus 20:18
All the people witnessed the thunder and lightning, the sound of the trumpet, and the mountain in smoke. And when the people saw this, they trembled and stood at a distance.

Numbers 20:13
These were the waters of Meribah, where the Israelites quarreled with the LORD, and He showed His holiness among them.

Psalm 50:15
Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor Me."

Psalm 95:8
do not harden your hearts as you did at Meribah, in the day at Massah in the wilderness,

Psalm 106:32
At the waters of Meribah they angered the LORD, and trouble came to Moses because of them.

Treasury of Scripture

You called in trouble, and I delivered you; I answered you in the secret place of thunder: I proved you at the waters of Meribah. Selah.

calledst

Psalm 50:15
And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.

Psalm 91:14,15
Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name…

Exodus 2:23
And it came to pass in process of time, that the king of Egypt died: and the children of Israel sighed by reason of the bondage, and they cried, and their cry came up unto God by reason of the bondage.

secret

Exodus 14:24
And it came to pass, that in the morning watch the LORD looked unto the host of the Egyptians through the pillar of fire and of the cloud, and troubled the host of the Egyptians,

Exodus 19:19
And when the voice of the trumpet sounded long, and waxed louder and louder, Moses spake, and God answered him by a voice.

Exodus 20:18-21
And all the people saw the thunderings, and the lightnings, and the noise of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking: and when the people saw it, they removed, and stood afar off…

proved

Exodus 17:6,7
Behold, I will stand before thee there upon the rock in Horeb; and thou shalt smite the rock, and there shall come water out of it, that the people may drink. And Moses did so in the sight of the elders of Israel…

Numbers 20:13,24
This is the water of Meribah; because the children of Israel strove with the LORD, and he was sanctified in them…

Deuteronomy 33:8
And of Levi he said, Let thy Thummim and thy Urim be with thy holy one, whom thou didst prove at Massah, and with whom thou didst strive at the waters of Meribah;

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Lexicon
You called out
קָרָ֗אתָ (qā·rā·ṯā)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7121: To call, proclaim, read

in distress,
בַּצָּרָ֥ה (baṣ·ṣā·rāh)
Preposition-b, Article | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6869: Tightness, a female rival

and I rescued you;
וָאֲחַ֫לְּצֶ֥ךָּ (wā·’ă·ḥal·lə·ṣe·kā)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Piel - Consecutive imperfect - first person common singular | second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2502: To pull off, to strip, to depart, to deliver, equip, present, strengthen

I answered
אֶ֭עֶנְךָ (’e·‘en·ḵā)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - first person common singular | second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6030: To answer, respond

you from the cloud
בְּסֵ֣תֶר (bə·sê·ṯer)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 5643: A covering, hiding place, secrecy

of thunder;
רַ֑עַם (ra·‘am)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7482: A peal of thunder

I tested
אֶבְחָֽנְךָ֨ (’eḇ·ḥā·nə·ḵā)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - first person common singular | second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 974: To test, to investigate

you at
עַל־ (‘al-)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 5921: Above, over, upon, against

the waters
מֵ֖י (mê)
Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 4325: Water, juice, urine, semen

of Meribah.
מְרִיבָ֣ה (mə·rî·ḇāh)
Noun - proper - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4809: Meribah -- 'place of strife', two places in the desert

Selah
סֶֽלָה׃ (se·lāh)
Interjection
Strong's Hebrew 5542: Suspension, pause
(7) Thou calledst.--The recital of God's past dealings with the people usual at the Feast of the Tabernacles (Deuteronomy 31:10-13; Nehemiah 8:18) appears to follow here as if the feast were actually in progress and the crowd were listening to the psalmist.

I answered thee in the secret place of thunder.--Mr. Burgess is undoubtedly right in taking the verb as from ?nan, "to cover," instead of ?nah, "to answer." I sheltered thee in the thundercloud, with plain allusion to the "cloudy pillar." The same verb is used in Psalm 105:39, "He spread out the cloud for a covering."

Verse 7. - Thou calledst in trouble, and I delivered thee (see Exodus 2:23; Exodus 3:7; Exodus 14:10, etc.). I answered thee in the secret place of thunder. The pillar of the cloud seems to be meant. In this, and from this, God answered the cry of his people (Exodus 14:24). I proved thee at the waters of Meribah (Exodus 17:7). The "selah" after these words marks a pause, during which the people addressed might reflect on the manifold mercies which God had vouchsafed to them in Egypt, in the wilderness, and elsewhere. 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.
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