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Psalms 78

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 1 Give ear, O my people, to my teaching; incline your ears to the words of my mouth. [Jesus said, "He who is of God, hears God's words," John 8:47; "Take heed what you hear; with what measure you use, it will be measured to you; and to you who hear, more will be given." Mark 4:24-25.]

 2 I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter hidden things of old —

 3 Which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us.

 4 We will not hide them from their children, showing to the generation to come the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, and his strength, and the wonderful works that he has done.

 5 For he established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, commanding our fathers that they should make them known to their children,

 6 So that the generation to come might know them, that the children who would be born would arise and declare them to their children,

 7 That they might set their hope in God and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments;

 8 And might not be like their forefathers — a stubborn and rebellious generation, a generation that did not set their heart aright, and whose spirit was not faithful to God.

 9 The children of Ephraim were armed and carrying bows, but they turned back in the day of battle.

 10 They did not keep the covenant of God, and refused to walk in his law,

 11 And forgot his works and his wonders that he had shown them.

 12 He did marvelous things in the sight of their forefathers, in the land of Egypt, in the field of Zoan.

 13 He divided the sea and caused them to pass through, and he made the waters stand up like a wall.

 14 In the daytime he led them with a cloud and all night with the light of fire.

 15 He split the rocks in the wilderness and gave them drink abundantly as out of the great depths.

 16 He brought streams out of the rock and caused waters to run down like rivers.

 17 And yet they sinned even more against him by provoking the most High in the wilderness.

 18 And they tempted God in their heart by asking for food of their lust.

 19 Yes, they spoke against God; they said, "Can God furnish a table in the wilderness?

 20 Behold, he struck the rock so that the waters gushed out and the streams overflowed; can he give bread also? Can he provide flesh for his people?"

 21 Therefore the LORD heard this, and was angry; so a fire was kindled against Jacob, and anger also came up against Israel;

 22 Because they did not believe in God and trust in his salvation.

 23 Yet he commanded the clouds from above and opened the doors of heaven;

 24 And he rained down manna upon them to eat, and gave them the grain of heaven.

 25 Man ate angels' food; he sent them all the food they could eat.

 26 He caused an east wind to blow in the heavens, and by his power he brought in the south wind.

 27 He rained flesh upon them like dust, and feathered fowls [quail] like the sand of the sea.

 28 And he let them fall in the midst of their camp, all around their habitations.

 29 So they ate and were well filled, for he gave them their desire.

 30 They were not deprived of their lust. But while their food was still in their mouths,

 31 The wrath of God came upon them and slew the stoutest of them and struck down the chosen men of Israel.

 32 Yet in spite of all this, they sinned still more, for they did not believe in his wondrous works.

 33 Therefore he ended their days in futility and their years in fear.

 34 When he killed them, then they sought him, and they returned and sought earnestly for God.

 35 And they remembered that God was their rock, and the Most High God their redeemer.

 36 Nevertheless they flattered him with their mouth and they lied to him with their tongues.

 37 For their heart was not right with him, neither were they steadfast to his covenant.

 38 But he, being full of compassion, forgave their iniquity and did not destroy them; yes, many a time he turned his anger away and did not stir up all his wrath.

 39 For he remembered that they were only flesh, a wind that passes and does not come again.

 40 How often they provoked him in the wilderness and grieve him in the desert!

 41 Yes, they turned back and tempted God, and vexed the Holy One of Israel.

 42 They did not remembered the power of his hand, nor the day when he delivered them from the enemy,

 43 How he had wrought his miracles in Egypt and his wonders in the field of Zoan,

 44 And had turned their rivers into blood, and their streams so they could not drink.

 45 He sent swarms of flies among them which devoured them, and frogs which destroyed them.

 46 He gave their crops to the caterpillar and their labor to the locust.

 47 He destroyed their vines with hail and their sycamore trees with frost.

 48 He gave up their cattle to the hail and their flocks to hot lightning.

 49 He cast the fierceness of his anger, wrath, indignation, and trouble upon them, by sending angels of destruction among them.

 50 He made a straight path for his anger; he did not spare them from death, but gave their life over to the pestilence;

 51 And struck all the firstborn in Egypt, the chief of their strength in the tents of Ham.

 52 But he led out his own people like sheep, and guided them in the wilderness like a flock.

 53 And he led them on safely, so that they did not fear; but the sea overwhelmed their enemies.

 54 And he brought them to his holy border of his sanctuary, even to this mountain which his right hand had acquired.

 55 He cast out the heathen before them and divided them an inheritance by survey line; and he settled the tribes of Israel in their tents.

 56 Yet they tempted and provoked the most high God and did not keep his statutes.

 57 But turned back and dealt unfaithfully like their forefathers; they were turned aside like a deceitful bow.

 58 For they provoked him to anger with their high places [of idol worship], and moved him to jealousy with their carved images.

 59 When God heard this, he was angry; and he greatly abhorred Israel,

 60 So that he forsook the tabernacle of Shiloh, the tent which he placed among men,

 61 And delivered his strength [the arc of the covenant] into captivity, and his glory into the enemy's hand.

 62 He gave his people over to the sword and was angry with his heritage.

 63 The fire consumed their young men, and their maidens were not given in marriage.

 64 Their priests fell by the sword, and their widows made no lamentation.

 65 Then the LORD awakened as one out of sleep, like a mighty man who shouts because of wine.

 66 And he struck his enemies from behind as they fled; he made them a lasting reproach.

 67 Moreover he refused the tabernacle of Joseph, and did not chose the tribe of Ephraim.

 68 But he chose the tribe of Judah, mount Zion which he loved.

 69 And he built his sanctuary like the heights, like the earth which he has established forever.

 70 He also chose David his servant and took him from the sheepfolds;

 71 From following the ewes great with young, he brought him to feed Jacob his people, and Israel his inheritance.

 72 So he fed them according to the integrity of his heart, and guided them by the skillfulness of his hands.


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