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Psalms 81:6

    Psalms 81:6 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    I removed his shoulder from the burden: his hands were delivered from the pots.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    I removed his shoulder from the burden: his hands were delivered from the pots.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    I removed his shoulder from the burden: His hands were freed from the basket.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    I took the weight from his back; his hands were made free from the baskets.

    Webster's Revision

    I removed his shoulder from the burden: His hands were freed from the basket.

    World English Bible

    "I removed his shoulder from the burden. His hands were freed from the basket.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    I removed his shoulder from the burden: his hands were freed from the basket.

    Barnes' Notes on Psalms 81:6

    I removed his shoulder from the burden - The burden which the people of Israel were called to hear in Egypt. The reference is undoubtedly to their burdens in making bricks, and conveying them to the place where they were to be used; and perhaps also to the fact that they were required to carry stone in building houses and towns for the Egyptians. Compare Exodus 1:11-14; Exodus 5:4-17. The meaning is, that he had saved them from these burdens, to wit, by delivering them from their hard bondage. The speaker here evidently is God. In the previous verse it is the people. Such a change of person is not uncommon in the Scriptures.

    His hands were delivered from the pots - Margin, as in Hebrew, passed away. That is, they were separated from them, or made free. The word rendered pots usually has that signification. Job 41:20; 1 Samuel 2:14; 2 Chronicles 35:13; but it may also mean a basket. Jeremiah 24:2; 2 Kings 10:7. The latter is probably the meaning here. The allusion is to baskets which might have been used in carrying clay, or conveying the bricks after they were made: perhaps a kind of hamper that was swung over the shoulders, with clay or bricks in each - somewhat like the instrument used now by the Chinese in carrying tea - or like the neck-yoke which is employed in carrying sap where maple sugar is manufactured, or milk on dairy farms. There are many representations on Egyptian sculptures which would illustrate this. The idea is that of a burden, or task, and the allusion is to the deliverance that was accomplished by removing them to another land.

    Wesley's Notes on Psalms 81:6

    81:6 Pots - This word denotes all those vessels wherein they carried water, straw, lime, or bricks.