Psa 78
 

Psalms 78

Tell the Coming Generation

A Maskil
Probably a musical or liturgical term
of b  Asaph.

1 c  Give ear, O my people, to my teaching;
incline your ears to the words of my mouth!
2 d  I will open my mouth e  in a parable;
I will utter dark sayings from of old,
3things that we have heard and known,
that our f  fathers have told us.
4We will not g  hide them from their children,
but h  tell to the coming generation
the glorious deeds of the  Lord, and his might,
and i  the wonders that he has done.
5 He established j  a testimony in k  Jacob
and appointed a law in l  Israel,
which he commanded our fathers
to teach to their children,
6that m  the next generation might know them,
the children yet unborn,
and arise and tell them to their children,
7so that they should set their hope in God
and not forget n  the works of God,
but o  keep his commandments;
8and that they should not be p  like their fathers,
q  a stubborn and rebellious generation,
a generation r  whose heart was not steadfast,
whose spirit was not faithful to God.
9 The Ephraimites, armed with
Hebrew  armed and shooting
the bow,
t  turned back on the day of battle.
10They u  did not keep God’s covenant,
but refused to walk according to his law.
11They v  forgot his works
and w  the wonders that he had shown them.
12In the sight of their fathers x  he performed wonders
in the land of Egypt, in y  the fields of Zoan.
13He z  divided the sea and let them pass through it,
and made the waters aa  stand like a heap.
14 ab  In the daytime he led them with a cloud,
and all the night with a fiery light.
15He ac  split rocks in the wilderness
and gave them drink abundantly as from the deep.
16He made streams come out of ad  the rock
and caused waters to flow down like rivers.
17 Yet they sinned still more against him,
ae  rebelling against the Most High in the desert.
18They af  tested God in their heart
by demanding the food they craved.
19They spoke against God, saying,
ag  Can God ah  spread a table in the wilderness?
20 ai  He struck the rock so that water gushed out
and streams overflowed.
Can he also give bread
or provide meat for his people?”
21 Therefore, when the  Lord heard, he was full of wrath;
aj  a fire was kindled against Jacob;
his anger rose against Israel,
22because they ak  did not believe in God
and did not trust his saving power.
23Yet he commanded the skies above
and al  opened the doors of heaven,
24and he am  rained down on them manna to eat
and gave them an  the grain of heaven.
25Man ate of the bread of ao  the angels;
he sent them food ap  in abundance.
26He aq  caused the east wind to blow in the heavens,
and by his power he led out the south wind;
27he rained meat on them like ar  dust,
winged birds like as  the sand of the seas;
28he at  let them fall in the midst of their camp,
all around their dwellings.
29And they au  ate and were well filled,
for he gave them what they av  craved.
30But before they had satisfied their craving,
aw  while the food was still in their mouths,
31the anger of God rose against them,
and he killed ax  the strongest of them
and laid low ay  the young men of Israel.
32 In spite of all this, they az  still sinned;
ba  despite his wonders, they did not believe.
33So he made bb  their days bc  vanish like
Hebrew in
a breath
Or vapor

and their years in terror.
34When he killed them, they bf  sought him;
they repented and sought God earnestly.
35They remembered that God was their bg  rock,
the Most High God their bh  redeemer.
36But they bi  flattered him with their mouths;
they bj  lied to him with their tongues.
37Their bk  heart was not bl  steadfast toward him;
they were not faithful to his covenant.
38Yet he, being bm  compassionate,
bn  atoned for their iniquity
and did not destroy them;
he restrained his anger often
and did not stir up all his wrath.
39He bo  remembered that they were but bp  flesh,
bq  a wind that passes and comes not again.
40How often they br  rebelled against him in the wilderness
and bs  grieved him in bt  the desert!
41They bu  tested God again and again
and provoked bv  the Holy One of Israel.
42They bw  did not remember his power
Hebrew hand

or the day when he redeemed them from the foe,
43 by  when he performed his bz  signs in Egypt
and his ca  marvels in cb  the fields of Zoan.
44He cc  turned their rivers to blood,
so that they could not drink of their streams.
45He sent among them swarms of cd  flies, which devoured them,
and ce  frogs, which destroyed them.
46He gave their crops to cf  the destroying locust
and the fruit of their labor to the locust.
47He destroyed their vines with cg  hail
and their sycamores with frost.
48He gave over their ch  cattle to the hail
and their flocks to thunderbolts.
49He let loose on them his burning anger,
wrath, indignation, and distress,
a company of ci  destroying angels.
50He made a path for his anger;
he did not spare them from death,
but gave their lives over to the plague.
51He struck down every cj  firstborn in Egypt,
the firstfruits of their strength in the tents of ck  Ham.
52Then he led out his people cl  like sheep
and guided them in the wilderness like a flock.
53 cm  He led them in safety, so that they cn  were not afraid,
but co  the sea overwhelmed their enemies.
54And he brought them to his cp  holy land,
cq  to the mountain which his right hand had cr  won.
55He cs  drove out nations before them;
he ct  apportioned them for a possession
and settled the tribes of Israel in their tents.
56 Yet they cu  tested and cv  rebelled against the Most High God
and did not keep his testimonies,
57but turned away and acted treacherously like their fathers;
they twisted like cw  a deceitful bow.
58For they cx  provoked him to anger with their cy  high places;
they cz  moved him to jealousy with their da  idols.
59When God heard, he was full of db  wrath,
and he utterly rejected Israel.
60He dc  forsook his dwelling at dd  Shiloh,
the tent where he dwelt among mankind,
61and delivered his de  power to captivity,
his df  glory to the hand of the foe.
62He dg  gave his people over to the sword
and dh  vented his wrath on his heritage.
63 di  Fire devoured their young men,
and their young women had no dj  marriage song.
64Their dk  priests fell by the sword,
and their dl  widows made no lamentation.
65Then the Lord dm  awoke as from sleep,
like a strong man shouting because of wine.
66And he dn  put his adversaries to rout;
he put them to everlasting shame.
67 He rejected the tent of do  Joseph;
he did not choose the tribe of Ephraim,
68but he chose the tribe of Judah,
Mount Zion, which he dp  loves.
69He dq  built his sanctuary like the high heavens,
like the earth, which he has founded forever.
70He dr  chose David his servant
and took him from the sheepfolds;
71from ds  following the nursing ewes he brought him
to dt  shepherd Jacob his people,
Israel his du  inheritance.
72With dv  upright heart he shepherded them
and dw  guided them with his skillful hand.
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