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Psalm 78


God's Guidance of His People in Spite of Their Unfaithfulness.

A Maskil of Asaph.

Psalm 78:1   Listen, O my people, to my instruction; 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 conceal them from their children, But tell to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, And His strength and His wondrous works that He has 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 teach them to their children,
Psalm 78:6   That the generation to come might know, even the children yet to be born, That they may arise and tell them to their children,
Psalm 78:7   That they should put their confidence in God And not forget the works of God, But keep His commandments,
Psalm 78:8   And not be like their fathers, A stubborn and rebellious generation, A generation that did not prepare its heart And whose spirit was not faithful to God.
Psalm 78:9   The sons of Ephraim were archers equipped with bows, Yet they turned back in the day of battle.
Psalm 78:10   They did not keep the covenant of God And refused to walk in His law;
Psalm 78:11   They forgot His deeds And His miracles that He had shown them.
Psalm 78:12   He wrought wonders before their fathers In the land of Egypt, in the field of Zoan.
Psalm 78:13   He divided the sea and caused them to pass through, And He made the waters stand up like a heap.
Psalm 78:14   Then He led them with the cloud by day And all the night with a light of fire.
Psalm 78:15   He split the rocks in the wilderness And gave them abundant drink like the ocean depths.
Psalm 78:16   He brought forth streams also from the rock And caused waters to run down like rivers.
Psalm 78:17   Yet they still continued to sin against Him, To rebel against the Most High in the desert.
Psalm 78:18   And in their heart they put God to the test By asking food according to their desire.
Psalm 78:19   Then they spoke against God; They said, "Can God prepare a table in the wilderness?
Psalm 78:20   "Behold, He struck the rock so that waters gushed out, And streams were overflowing; Can He give bread also? Will He provide meat for His people?"
Psalm 78:21   Therefore the LORD heard and was full of wrath; And a fire was kindled against Jacob And anger also mounted against Israel,
Psalm 78:22   Because they did not believe in God And did not trust in His salvation.
Psalm 78:23   Yet He commanded the clouds above And opened the doors of heaven;
Psalm 78:24   He rained down manna upon them to eat And gave them food from heaven.
Psalm 78:25   Man did eat the bread of angels; He sent them food in abundance.
Psalm 78:26   He caused the east wind to blow in the heavens And by His power He directed the south wind.
Psalm 78:27   When He rained meat upon them like the dust, Even winged fowl like the sand of the seas,
Psalm 78:28   Then He let them fall in the midst of their camp, Round about their dwellings.
Psalm 78:29   So they ate and were well filled, And their desire He gave to them.
Psalm 78:30   Before they had satisfied their desire, While their food was in their mouths,
Psalm 78:31   The anger of God rose against them And killed some of their stoutest ones, And subdued the choice men of Israel.
Psalm 78:32   In spite of all this they still sinned And did not believe in His wonderful works.
Psalm 78:33   So He brought their days to an end in futility And their years in sudden terror.
Psalm 78:34   When He killed them, then they sought Him, And returned and searched diligently for God;
Psalm 78:35   And they remembered that God was their rock, And the Most High God their Redeemer.
Psalm 78:36   But they deceived Him with their mouth And lied to Him with their tongue.
Psalm 78:37   For their heart was not steadfast toward Him, Nor were they faithful in His covenant.
Psalm 78:38   But He, being compassionate, forgave their iniquity and did not destroy them; And often He restrained His anger And did not arouse all His wrath.
Psalm 78:39   Thus He remembered that they were but flesh, A wind that passes and does not return.
Psalm 78:40   How often they rebelled against Him in the wilderness And grieved Him in the desert!
Psalm 78:41   Again and again they tempted God, And pained the Holy One of Israel.
Psalm 78:42   They did not remember His power, The day when He redeemed them from the adversary,
Psalm 78:43   When He performed His signs in Egypt And His marvels in the field of Zoan,
Psalm 78:44   And turned their rivers to blood, And their streams, 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 crops to the grasshopper And the product of their labor to the locust.
Psalm 78:47   He destroyed their vines with hailstones And their sycamore trees with frost.
Psalm 78:48   He gave over their cattle also to the hailstones And their herds to bolts of lightning.
Psalm 78:49   He sent upon them His burning anger, Fury and indignation and trouble, A band of destroying angels.
Psalm 78:50   He leveled a path for His anger; He did not spare their soul from death, But gave over their life to the plague,
Psalm 78:51   And smote all the firstborn in Egypt, The first issue of their virility 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   He led them safely, so that they did not fear; But the sea engulfed their enemies.
Psalm 78:54   So He brought them to His holy land, To this hill country which His right hand had gained.
Psalm 78:55   He also drove out the nations before them And apportioned them for an inheritance by measurement, And made the tribes of Israel dwell in their tents.
Psalm 78:56   Yet they tempted and rebelled against the Most High God And did not keep His testimonies,
Psalm 78:57   But turned back and acted treacherously like their fathers; They turned aside like a treacherous bow.
Psalm 78:58   For they provoked Him with their high places And aroused His jealousy with their graven images.
Psalm 78:59   When God heard, He was filled with wrath And greatly abhorred Israel;
Psalm 78:60   So that He abandoned the dwelling place at Shiloh, The tent which He had pitched among men,
Psalm 78:61   And gave up His strength to captivity And His glory into the hand of the adversary.
Psalm 78:62   He also delivered His people to the sword, And was filled with wrath at His inheritance.
Psalm 78:63   Fire devoured His young men, And His virgins had no wedding songs.
Psalm 78:64   His priests fell by the sword, And His widows could not weep.
Psalm 78:65   Then the Lord awoke as if from sleep, Like a warrior overcome by wine.
Psalm 78:66   He drove His adversaries backward; He put on them an everlasting reproach.
Psalm 78:67   He also rejected the tent of Joseph, And did not choose the tribe of Ephraim,
Psalm 78:68   But chose the tribe of Judah, Mount Zion which He loved.
Psalm 78:69   And He built His sanctuary like the heights, Like the earth which He has founded forever.
Psalm 78:70   He also chose David His servant And took him from the sheepfolds;
Psalm 78:71   From the care of the ewes with suckling lambs He brought him To shepherd Jacob His people, And Israel His inheritance.
Psalm 78:72   So he shepherded them according to the integrity of his heart, And guided them with his skillful hands.
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