Tell the Coming Generation1 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,
3 things that we have heard and known,
that our f fathers have told us.
4 We 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,
6 that m the next generation might know them,
the children yet unborn,
and arise and tell them to their children,
7 so that they should set their hope in God
and not forget n the works of God,
but o keep his commandments;
8 and 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 shootingthe bow,
t turned back on the day of battle.
10 They u did not keep God’s covenant,
but refused to walk according to his law.
11 They v forgot his works
and w the wonders that he had shown them.
12 In the sight of their fathers x he performed wonders
in the land of Egypt, in y the fields of Zoan.
13 He 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.
15 He ac split rocks in the wilderness
and gave them drink abundantly as from the deep.
16 He 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.
18 They af tested God in their heart
by demanding the food they craved.
19 They 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,
22 because they ak did not believe in God
and did not trust his saving power.
23 Yet he commanded the skies above
and al opened the doors of heaven,
24 and he am rained down on them manna to eat
and gave them an the grain of heaven.
25 Man ate of the bread of ao the angels;
he sent them food ap in abundance.
26 He aq caused the east wind to blow in the heavens,
and by his power he led out the south wind;
27 he rained meat on them like ar dust,
winged birds like as the sand of the seas;
28 he at let them fall in the midst of their camp,
all around their dwellings.
29 And they au ate and were well filled,
for he gave them what they av craved.
30 But before they had satisfied their craving,
aw while the food was still in their mouths,
31 the 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.
33 So he made bb their days bc vanish like ▼
▼ Hebrew ina breath ▼
▼ Or vapor
and their years in terror.
34 When he killed them, they bf sought him;
they repented and sought God earnestly.
35 They remembered that God was their bg rock,
the Most High God their bh redeemer.
36 But they bi flattered him with their mouths;
they bj lied to him with their tongues.
37 Their bk heart was not bl steadfast toward him;
they were not faithful to his covenant.
38 Yet 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.
39 He bo remembered that they were but bp flesh,
bq a wind that passes and comes not again.
40 How often they br rebelled against him in the wilderness
and bs grieved him in bt the desert!
41 They bu tested God again and again
and provoked bv the Holy One of Israel.
42 They 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.
44 He cc turned their rivers to blood,
so that they could not drink of their streams.
45 He sent among them swarms of cd flies, which devoured them,
and ce frogs, which destroyed them.
46 He gave their crops to cf the destroying locust
and the fruit of their labor to the locust.
47 He destroyed their vines with cg hail
and their sycamores with frost.
48 He gave over their ch cattle to the hail
and their flocks to thunderbolts.
49 He let loose on them his burning anger,
wrath, indignation, and distress,
a company of ci destroying angels.
50 He made a path for his anger;
he did not spare them from death,
but gave their lives over to the plague.
51 He struck down every cj firstborn in Egypt,
the firstfruits of their strength in the tents of ck Ham.
52 Then 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.
54 And he brought them to his cp holy land,
cq to the mountain which his right hand had cr won.
55 He 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,
57 but turned away and acted treacherously like their fathers;
they twisted like cw a deceitful bow.
58 For they cx provoked him to anger with their cy high places;
they cz moved him to jealousy with their da idols.
59 When God heard, he was full of db wrath,
and he utterly rejected Israel.
60 He dc forsook his dwelling at dd Shiloh,
the tent where he dwelt among mankind,
61 and delivered his de power to captivity,
his df glory to the hand of the foe.
62 He 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.
64 Their dk priests fell by the sword,
and their dl widows made no lamentation.
65 Then the Lord dm awoke as from sleep,
like a strong man shouting because of wine.
66 And 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,
68 but he chose the tribe of Judah,
Mount Zion, which he dp loves.
69 He dq built his sanctuary like the high heavens,
like the earth, which he has founded forever.
70 He dr chose David his servant
and took him from the sheepfolds;
71 from ds following the nursing ewes he brought him
to dt shepherd Jacob his people,
Israel his du inheritance.
72 With dv upright heart he shepherded them
and dw guided them with his skillful hand.
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