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Psalms 78 (asv)

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Maschil of Asaph.

78:1Give ear, O my people, to my law:

Incline your ears to the words of my mouth.

78:2I will open my mouth in a parable;

I will utter dark sayings of old,

78:3Which we have heard and known,

And our fathers have told us.

78:4We will not hide them from their children,

Telling to the generation to come the praises of Jehovah,

And his strength, and his wondrous works that he hath done.

78:5For he established a testimony in Jacob,

And appointed a law in Israel,

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,

78:7That they might set their hope in God,

And not forget the works of God,

But keep his commandments,

78:8And might not be as their fathers,

A stubborn and rebellious generation,

A generation that set not their heart aright,

And whose spirit was not stedfast with God.

78:9The children of Ephraim, being armed and carrying bows,

Turned back in the day of battle.

78:10They kept not the covenant of God,

And refused to walk in his law;

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,

In the land of Egypt, in the field of Zoan.

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,

And all the night with a light of fire.

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.

78:18And they tempted God in their heart

By asking food according to their desire.

78:19Yea, they spake against God;

They said, Can God prepare a table in the wilderness?

78:20Behold, he smote the rock, so that waters gushed out,

And streams overflowed;

Can he give bread also?

Will he provide flesh for his people?

78:21Therefore Jehovah heard, and was wroth;

And a fire was kindled against Jacob,

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;

78:24And he rained down manna upon them to eat,

And gave them food from heaven.

78:25Man did eat the bread of the mighty:

He sent them food to the full.

78:26He caused the east wind to blow in the heavens;

And by his power he guided the south wind.

78:27He rained flesh also upon them as the dust,

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.

78:29So they did eat, and were well filled;

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,

And smote down the young men of Israel.

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.

78:37For their heart was not right with him,

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,

And provoked the Holy One of Israel.

78:42They remember not his hand,

Nor the day when he redeemed them from the adversary;

78:43How he set his signs in Egypt,

And his wonders in the field of Zoan,

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,

Wrath, and indignation, and trouble,

A band of angels of evil.

78:50He made a path for his anger;

He spared not their soul from death,

But gave their life over to the pestilence,

78:51And smote all the first-born in Egypt,

The chief of their strength in the tents of Ham.

78:52But he led forth his own people like sheep,

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,

To this mountain, which his right hand had gotten.

78:55He drove out the nations also before them,

And allotted them for an inheritance by line,

And made the tribes of Israel to dwell in their tents.

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;

78:60So that he forsook the tabernacle of Shiloh,

The tent which he placed among men;

78:61And delivered his strength into captivity,

And his glory into the adversary's hand.

78:62He gave his people over also unto the sword,

And was wroth with his inheritance.

78:63Fire devoured their young men;

And their virgins had no marriage-song.

78:64Their priests fell by the sword;

And their widows made no lamentation.

78:65Then the Lord awaked as one out of sleep,

Like a mighty man that shouteth by reason of wine.

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,

To be the shepherd of Jacob his people, and Israel his inheritance.

78:72So he was their shepherd according to the integrity of his heart,

And guided them by the skilfulness of his hands.


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