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Psalms 78

Psalms 78:1  
Maschil. Of Asaph. Give ear, O my people, to my law; let your ears be bent down to the words of my mouth.

Psalms 78:2  
Opening my mouth I will give out a story, even the dark sayings of old times;

Psalms 78:3  
Which have come to our hearing and our knowledge, as they were given to us by our fathers.

Psalms 78:4  
We will not keep them secret from our children; we will make clear to the coming generation the praises of the Lord and his strength, and the great works of wonder which he has done.

Psalms 78:5  
He put up a witness in Jacob, and made a law in Israel; which he gave to our fathers so that they might give knowledge of them to their children;

Psalms 78:6  
So that the generation to come might have knowledge of them, even the children of the future, who would give word of them to their children;

Psalms 78:7  
So that they might put their hope in God, and not let God's works go out of their minds, but keep his laws;

Psalms 78:8  
And not be like their fathers, a stiff-necked and uncontrolled generation; a generation whose heart was hard, whose spirit was not true to God.

Psalms 78:9  
The children of Ephraim, armed with bows, were turned back on the day of the fight.

Psalms 78:10  
They were not ruled by God's word, and they would not go in the way of his law;

Psalms 78:11  
They let his works go out of their memory, and the wonders which he had made them see.

Psalms 78:12  
He did great works before the eyes of their fathers, in the land of Egypt, in the fields of Zoan.

Psalms 78:13  
The sea was cut in two so that they might go through; the waters were massed together on this side and on that.

Psalms 78:14  
In the daytime he was guiding them in the cloud, and all through the night with a light of fire.

Psalms 78:15  
The rocks of the waste land were broken by his power, and he gave them drink as out of the deep waters.

Psalms 78:16  
He made streams come out of the rock; and waters came flowing down like rivers.

Psalms 78:17  
And they went on sinning against him even more, turning away from the Most High in the waste land;

Psalms 78:18  
Testing God in their hearts, requesting meat for their desire.

Psalms 78:19  
They said bitter words against God, saying, Is God able to make ready a table in the waste land?

Psalms 78:20  
See, the rock was cut open by his power, so that the water came rushing out, and overflowing streams; is he able to give us bread? is he able to get meat for his people?

Psalms 78:21  
So these things came to the Lord's ears, and he was angry; and a fire was lighted against Jacob, and wrath came up against Israel;

Psalms 78:22  
Because they had no faith in God, and no hope in his salvation.

Psalms 78:23  
And he gave orders to the clouds on high, and the doors of heaven were open;

Psalms 78:24  
And he sent down manna like rain for their food, and gave them the grain of heaven.

Psalms 78:25  
Man took part in the food of strong ones; he sent them meat in full measure.

Psalms 78:26  
He sent an east wind from heaven, driving on the south wind by his power.

Psalms 78:27  
He sent down meat on them like dust, and feathered birds like the sand of the sea,

Psalms 78:28  
And he let it come down into their resting-place, round about their tents.

Psalms 78:29  
So they had food and were full; for he gave them their desire;

Psalms 78:30  
But they were not turned from their desires; and while the food was still in their mouths,

Psalms 78:31  
The wrath of God came on them, and put to death the fattest of them, and put an end to the young men of Israel.

Psalms 78:32  
For all this they went on sinning even more, and had no faith in his great wonders.

Psalms 78:33  
So their days were wasted like a breath, and their years in trouble.

Psalms 78:34  
When he sent death on them, then they made search for him; turning to him and looking for him with care;

Psalms 78:35  
In the memory that God was their Rock, and the Most High God their saviour.

Psalms 78:36  
But their lips were false to him, and their tongues were untrue to him;

Psalms 78:37  
And their hearts were not right with him, and they did not keep their agreement with him.

Psalms 78:38  
But he, being full of pity, has forgiveness for sin, and does not put an end to man: frequently turning back his wrath, and not being violently angry.

Psalms 78:39  
So he kept in mind that they were only flesh; a breath which is quickly gone, and will not come again.

Psalms 78:40  
How frequently did they go against him in the waste land, and give him cause for grief in the dry places!

Psalms 78:41  
Again they put God to the test, and gave pain to the Holy One of Israel.

Psalms 78:42  
They did not keep in mind the work of his hand, or the day when he took them from the power of their haters;

Psalms 78:43  
How he had done his signs in Egypt, and his wonders in the field of Zoan;

Psalms 78:44  
So that their rivers were turned to blood, and they were not able to get drink from their streams.

Psalms 78:45  
He sent different sorts of flies among them, poisoning their flesh; and frogs for their destruction.

Psalms 78:46  
He gave the increase of their fields to worms, the fruits of their industry to the locusts.

Psalms 78:47  
He sent ice for the destruction of their vines; their trees were damaged by the bitter cold.

Psalms 78:48  
Ice was rained down on their cattle; thunderstorms sent destruction among the flocks.

Psalms 78:49  
He sent on them the heat of his wrath, his bitter disgust, letting loose evil angels among them.

Psalms 78:50  
He let his wrath have its way; he did not keep back their soul from death, but gave their life to disease.

Psalms 78:51  
He gave to destruction all the first sons of Egypt; the first-fruits of their strength in the tents of Ham;

Psalms 78:52  
But he took his people out like sheep, guiding them in the waste land like a flock.

Psalms 78:53  
He took them on safely so that they had no fear; but their haters were covered by the sea.

Psalms 78:54  
And he was their guide to his holy land, even to the mountain, which his right hand had made his;

Psalms 78:55  
Driving out nations before them, marking out the line of their heritage, and giving the people of Israel their tents for a resting-place.

Psalms 78:56  
But they were bitter against the Most High God, testing him, and not keeping his laws;

Psalms 78:57  
Their hearts were turned back and untrue like their fathers; they were turned to one side like a twisted bow.

Psalms 78:58  
They made him angry with their high places; moving him to wrath with their images.

Psalms 78:59  
When this came to God's ears he was very angry, and gave up Israel completely;

Psalms 78:60  
So that he went away from the holy place in Shiloh, the tent which he had put among men;

Psalms 78:61  
And he let his strength be taken prisoner, and gave his glory into the hands of his hater.

Psalms 78:62  
He gave his people up to the sword, and was angry with his heritage.

Psalms 78:63  
Their young men were burned in the fire; and their virgins were not praised in the bride-song.

Psalms 78:64  
Their priests were put to death by the sword, and their widows made no weeping for them.

Psalms 78:65  
Then was the Lord like one awaking from sleep, and like a strong man crying out because of wine.

Psalms 78:66  
His haters were turned back by his blows and shamed for ever.

Psalms 78:67  
And he put the tent of Joseph on one side, and took not the tribe of Ephraim;

Psalms 78:68  
But he took the tribe of Judah for himself, and the mountain of Zion, in which he had pleasure.

Psalms 78:69  
And he made his holy place like the high heaven, like the earth which is fixed by him for ever.

Psalms 78:70  
He took David to be his servant, taking him from the place of the flocks;

Psalms 78:71  
From looking after the sheep which were giving milk, he took him to give food to Jacob his people, and to Israel his heritage.

Psalms 78:72  
So he gave them food with an upright heart, guiding them by the wisdom of his hands.


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