Psalms 78 (asv)
Incline your ears to the words of my mouth.
78:2I will open my mouth in a parable;
78:3Which we have heard and known,
And our fathers have told us.
78:4We will not hide them from their children,
And his strength, and his wondrous works that he hath done.
78:5For he established a testimony in Jacob,
Which he commanded our fathers,
That they should make them known to their children;
78:6That the generation to come might know them, even the children that should be born;
Who should arise and tell them to their children,
And not forget the works of God,
But keep his commandments,
78:8And might not be as their fathers,
A stubborn and rebellious generation,
Turned back in the day of battle.
78:11And they forgat his doings,
And his wondrous works that he had showed them.
78:12Marvellous things did he in the sight of their fathers,
78:13He clave the sea, and caused them to pass through;
And he made the waters to stand as a heap.
78:14In the day-time also he led them with a cloud,
78:15He clave rocks in the wilderness,
And gave them drink abundantly as out of the depths.
78:16He brought streams also out of the rock,
And caused waters to run down like rivers.
78:17Yet went they on still to sin against him,
To rebel against the Most High in the desert.
78:19Yea, they spake against God;
78:20Behold, he smote the rock, so that waters gushed out,
And streams overflowed;
Can he give bread also?
78:21Therefore Jehovah heard, and was wroth;
And anger also went up against Israel;
78:22Because they believed not in God,
And trusted not in his salvation.
78:23Yet he commanded the skies above,
And opened the doors of heaven;
He sent them food to the full.
And winged birds as the sand of the seas:
78:28And he let it fall in the midst of their camp,
Round about their habitations.
And he gave them their own desire.
78:30They were not estranged from that which they desired,
Their food was yet in their mouths,
78:31When the anger of God went up against them,
And slew of the fattest of them,
78:32For all this they sinned still,
And believed not in his wondrous works.
78:33Therefore their days did he consume in vanity,
And their years in terror.
78:34When he slew them, then they inquired after him;
And they returned and sought God earnestly.
78:35And they remembered that God was their rock,
And the Most High God their redeemer.
78:36But they flattered him with their mouth,
And lied unto him with their tongue.
Neither were they faithful in his covenant.
78:38But 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.
78:39And he remembered that they were but flesh,
A wind that passeth away, and cometh not again.
78:40How oft did they rebel against him in the wilderness,
And grieve him in the desert!
78:41And they turned again and tempted God,
78:42They remember not his hand,
78:43How he set his signs in Egypt,
78:44And turned their rivers into blood,
And their streams, so that they could not drink.
78:45He sent among them swarms of flies, which devoured them;
And frogs, which destroyed them.
78:46He gave also their increase unto the caterpillar,
And their labor unto the locust.
78:47He destroyed their vines with hail,
And their sycomore-trees with frost.
78:48He gave over their cattle also to the hail,
And their flocks to hot thunderbolts.
78:49He cast upon them the fierceness of his anger,
A band of angels of evil.
78:50He made a path for his anger;
But gave their life over to the pestilence,
And guided them in the wilderness like a flock.
78:53And he led them safely, so that they feared not;
But the sea overwhelmed their enemies.
78:54And he brought them to the border of his sanctuary,
78:55He drove out the nations also before them,
And allotted them for an inheritance by line,
78:56Yet they tempted and rebelled against the Most High God,
And kept not his testimonies;
78:57But turned back, and dealt treacherously like their fathers:
They were turned aside like a deceitful bow.
78:58For they provoked him to anger with their high places,
And moved him to jealousy with their graven images.
78:59When God heard this, he was wroth,
And greatly abhorred Israel;
The tent which he placed among men;
78:61And delivered his strength into captivity,
And was wroth with his inheritance.
And their virgins had no marriage-song.
And their widows made no lamentation.
78:66And he smote his adversaries backward:
He put them to a perpetual reproach.
78:67Moreover he refused the tent of Joseph,
And chose not the tribe of Ephraim,
78:68But chose the tribe of Judah,
The mount Zion which he loved.
78:69And he built his sanctuary like the heights,
Like the earth which he hath established for ever.
78:70He chose David also his servant,
And took him from the sheepfolds:
78:71From following the ewes that have their young he brought him,
And guided them by the skilfulness of his hands.