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Psalms 78 [Commentary] [Map] |
||A Maskil of Asaph. Listen, O my people, to my instruction;
Incline your ears to the words of my mouth.
||I will open my mouth in a parable;
I will utter dark sayings of old,
||Which we have heard and known,
And our fathers have told us.
||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.
||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,
||That the generation to come might know, even the children yet to be born,
That they may arise and tell them to their children,
||That they should put their confidence in God
And not forget the works of God,
But keep His commandments,
||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.
||The sons of Ephraim were archers equipped with bows,
Yet they turned back in the day of battle.
||They did not keep the covenant of God
And refused to walk in His law;
||They forgot His deeds
And His miracles that He had shown them.
||He wrought wonders before their fathers
In the land of Egypt, in the field of Zoan.
||He divided the sea and caused them to pass through,
And He made the waters stand up like a heap.
||Then He led them with the cloud by day
And all the night with a light of fire.
||He split the rocks in the wilderness
And gave them abundant drink like the ocean depths.
||He brought forth streams also from the rock
And caused waters to run down like rivers.
||Yet they still continued to sin against Him,
To rebel against the Most High in the desert.
||And in their heart they put God to the test
By asking food according to their desire.
||Then they spoke against God;
They said, "Can God prepare a table in the wilderness?
||"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?"
||Therefore the LORD heard and was full of wrath;
And a fire was kindled against Jacob
And anger also mounted against Israel,
||Because they did not believe in God
And did not trust in His salvation.
||Yet He commanded the clouds above
And opened the doors of heaven;
||He rained down manna upon them to eat
And gave them food from heaven.
||Man did eat the bread of angels;
He sent them food in abundance.
||He caused the east wind to blow in the heavens
And by His power He directed the south wind.
||When He rained meat upon them like the dust,
Even winged fowl like the sand of the seas,
||Then He let them fall in the midst of their camp,
Round about their dwellings.
||So they ate and were well filled,
And their desire He gave to them.
||Before they had satisfied their desire,
While their food was in their mouths,
||The anger of God rose against them
And killed some of their stoutest ones,
And subdued the choice men of Israel.
||In spite of all this they still sinned
And did not believe in His wonderful works.
||So He brought their days to an end in futility
And their years in sudden terror.
||When He killed them, then they sought Him,
And returned and searched diligently for God;
||And they remembered that God was their rock,
And the Most High God their Redeemer.
||But they deceived Him with their mouth
And lied to Him with their tongue.
||For their heart was not steadfast toward Him,
Nor were they faithful in His covenant.
||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.
||Thus He remembered that they were but flesh,
A wind that passes and does not return.
||How often they rebelled against Him in the wilderness
And grieved Him in the desert!
||Again and again they tempted God,
And pained the Holy One of Israel.
||They did not remember His power,
The day when He redeemed them from the adversary,
||When He performed His signs in Egypt
And His marvels in the field of Zoan,
||And turned their rivers to blood,
And their streams, they could not drink.
||He sent among them swarms of flies which devoured them,
And frogs which destroyed them.
||He gave also their crops to the grasshopper
And the product of their labor to the locust.
||He destroyed their vines with hailstones
And their sycamore trees with frost.
||He gave over their cattle also to the hailstones
And their herds to bolts of lightning.
||He sent upon them His burning anger,
Fury and indignation and trouble,
A band of destroying angels.
||He leveled a path for His anger;
He did not spare their soul from death,
But gave over their life to the plague,
||And smote all the firstborn in Egypt,
The first issue of their virility in the tents of Ham.
||But He led forth His own people like sheep
And guided them in the wilderness like a flock;
||He led them safely, so that they did not fear;
But the sea engulfed their enemies.
||So He brought them to His holy land,
To this hill country which His right hand had gained.
||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.
||Yet they tempted and rebelled against the Most High God
And did not keep His testimonies,
||But turned back and acted treacherously like their fathers;
They turned aside like a treacherous bow.
||For they provoked Him with their high places
And aroused His jealousy with their graven images.
||When God heard, He was filled with wrath
And greatly abhorred Israel;
||So that He abandoned the dwelling place at Shiloh,
The tent which He had pitched among men,
||And gave up His strength to captivity
And His glory into the hand of the adversary.
||He also delivered His people to the sword,
And was filled with wrath at His inheritance.
||Fire devoured His young men,
And His virgins had no wedding songs.
||His priests fell by the sword,
And His widows could not weep.
||Then the Lord awoke as if from sleep,
Like a warrior overcome by wine.
||He drove His adversaries backward;
He put on them an everlasting reproach.
||He also rejected the tent of Joseph,
And did not choose the tribe of Ephraim,
||But chose the tribe of Judah,
Mount Zion which He loved.
||And He built His sanctuary like the heights,
Like the earth which He has founded forever.
||He also chose David His servant
And took him from the sheepfolds;
||From the care of the ewes with suckling lambs He brought him
To shepherd Jacob His people,
And Israel His inheritance.
||So he shepherded them according to the integrity of his heart,
And guided them with his skillful hands.
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