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Psalm 78

    Maschil of Asaph.
     
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Psalm 78:1   Give ear, O my people, to my law: Incline your ears to the words of my mouth.
   
Psalm 78:2   I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings of old,
   
Psalm 78:3   Which we have heard and known, And our fathers have told us.
   
Psalm 78:4   We will not hide them from their children, Telling to the generation to come the praises of Jehovah, And his strength, and his wondrous works that he hath done.
   
Psalm 78:5   For he established a testimony in Jacob, And appointed a law in Israel, Which he commanded our fathers, That they should make them known to their children;
   
Psalm 78:6   That the generation to come might know them, even the children that should be born; Who should arise and tell them to their children,
   
Psalm 78:7   That they might set their hope in God, And not forget the works of God, But keep his commandments,
   
Psalm 78:8   And might not be as their fathers, A stubborn and rebellious generation, A generation that set not their heart aright, And whose spirit was not stedfast with God.
   
Psalm 78:9   The children of Ephraim, being armed and carrying bows, Turned back in the day of battle.
   
Psalm 78:10   They kept not the covenant of God, And refused to walk in his law;
   
Psalm 78:11   And they forgat his doings, And his wondrous works that he had showed them.
   
Psalm 78:12   Marvellous things did he in the sight of their fathers, In the land of Egypt, in the field of Zoan.
   
Psalm 78:13   He clave the sea, and caused them to pass through; And he made the waters to stand as a heap.
   
Psalm 78:14   In the day-time also he led them with a cloud, And all the night with a light of fire.
   
Psalm 78:15   He clave rocks in the wilderness, And gave them drink abundantly as out of the depths.
   
Psalm 78:16   He brought streams also out of the rock, And caused waters to run down like rivers.
   
Psalm 78:17   Yet went they on still to sin against him, To rebel against the Most High in the desert.
   
Psalm 78:18   And they tempted God in their heart By asking food according to their desire.
   
Psalm 78:19   Yea, they spake against God; They said, Can God prepare a table in the wilderness?
   
Psalm 78:20   Behold, he smote the rock, so that waters gushed out, And streams overflowed; Can he give bread also? Will he provide flesh for his people?
   
Psalm 78:21   Therefore Jehovah heard, and was wroth; And a fire was kindled against Jacob, And anger also went up against Israel;
   
Psalm 78:22   Because they believed not in God, And trusted not in his salvation.
   
Psalm 78:23   Yet he commanded the skies above, And opened the doors of heaven;
   
Psalm 78:24   And he rained down manna upon them to eat, And gave them food from heaven.
   
Psalm 78:25   Man did eat the bread of the mighty: He sent them food to the full.
   
Psalm 78:26   He caused the east wind to blow in the heavens; And by his power he guided the south wind.
   
Psalm 78:27   He rained flesh also upon them as the dust, And winged birds as the sand of the seas:
   
Psalm 78:28   And he let it fall in the midst of their camp, Round about their habitations.
   
Psalm 78:29   So they did eat, and were well filled; And he gave them their own desire.
   
Psalm 78:30   They were not estranged from that which they desired, Their food was yet in their mouths,
   
Psalm 78:31   When the anger of God went up against them, And slew of the fattest of them, And smote down the young men of Israel.
   
Psalm 78:32   For all this they sinned still, And believed not in his wondrous works.
   
Psalm 78:33   Therefore their days did he consume in vanity, And their years in terror.
   
Psalm 78:34   When he slew them, then they inquired after him; And they returned and sought God earnestly.
   
Psalm 78:35   And they remembered that God was their rock, And the Most High God their redeemer.
   
Psalm 78:36   But they flattered him with their mouth, And lied unto him with their tongue.
   
Psalm 78:37   For their heart was not right with him, Neither were they faithful in his covenant.
   
Psalm 78:38   But he, being merciful, forgave their iniquity, and destroyed them not: Yea, many a time turned he his anger away, And did not stir up all his wrath.
   
Psalm 78:39   And he remembered that they were but flesh, A wind that passeth away, and cometh not again.
   
Psalm 78:40   How oft did they rebel against him in the wilderness, And grieve him in the desert!
   
Psalm 78:41   And they turned again and tempted God, And provoked the Holy One of Israel.
   
Psalm 78:42   They remember not his hand, Nor the day when he redeemed them from the adversary;
   
Psalm 78:43   How he set his signs in Egypt, And his wonders in the field of Zoan,
   
Psalm 78:44   And turned their rivers into blood, And their streams, so that they could not drink.
   
Psalm 78:45   He sent among them swarms of flies, which devoured them; And frogs, which destroyed them.
   
Psalm 78:46   He gave also their increase unto the caterpillar, And their labor unto the locust.
   
Psalm 78:47   He destroyed their vines with hail, And their sycomore-trees with frost.
   
Psalm 78:48   He gave over their cattle also to the hail, And their flocks to hot thunderbolts.
   
Psalm 78:49   He cast upon them the fierceness of his anger, Wrath, and indignation, and trouble, A band of angels of evil.
   
Psalm 78:50   He made a path for his anger; He spared not their soul from death, But gave their life over to the pestilence,
   
Psalm 78:51   And smote all the first-born in Egypt, The chief of their strength in the tents of Ham.
   
Psalm 78:52   But he led forth his own people like sheep, And guided them in the wilderness like a flock.
   
Psalm 78:53   And he led them safely, so that they feared not; But the sea overwhelmed their enemies.
   
Psalm 78:54   And he brought them to the border of his sanctuary, To this mountain, which his right hand had gotten.
   
Psalm 78:55   He drove out the nations also before them, And allotted them for an inheritance by line, And made the tribes of Israel to dwell in their tents.
   
Psalm 78:56   Yet they tempted and rebelled against the Most High God, And kept not his testimonies;
   
Psalm 78:57   But turned back, and dealt treacherously like their fathers: They were turned aside like a deceitful bow.
   
Psalm 78:58   For they provoked him to anger with their high places, And moved him to jealousy with their graven images.
   
Psalm 78:59   When God heard this, he was wroth, And greatly abhorred Israel;
   
Psalm 78:60   So that he forsook the tabernacle of Shiloh, The tent which he placed among men;
   
Psalm 78:61   And delivered his strength into captivity, And his glory into the adversary's hand.
   
Psalm 78:62   He gave his people over also unto the sword, And was wroth with his inheritance.
   
Psalm 78:63   Fire devoured their young men; And their virgins had no marriage-song.
   
Psalm 78:64   Their priests fell by the sword; And their widows made no lamentation.
   
Psalm 78:65   Then the Lord awaked as one out of sleep, Like a mighty man that shouteth by reason of wine.
   
Psalm 78:66   And he smote his adversaries backward: He put them to a perpetual reproach.
   
Psalm 78:67   Moreover he refused the tent of Joseph, And chose not the tribe of Ephraim,
   
Psalm 78:68   But chose the tribe of Judah, The mount Zion which he loved.
   
Psalm 78:69   And he built his sanctuary like the heights, Like the earth which he hath established for ever.
   
Psalm 78:70   He chose David also his servant, And took him from the sheepfolds:
   
Psalm 78:71   From following the ewes that have their young he brought him, To be the shepherd of Jacob his people, and Israel his inheritance.
   
Psalm 78:72   So he was their shepherd according to the integrity of his heart, And guided them by the skilfulness of his hands.
     
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