Psalm 78
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That the Generation to Come Might Know

A [†]Maskil of Asaph.

1Give ear, O my people, to my [†]instruction;

Incline your ears to the words of my mouth.

2I will open my mouth in a parable;

I will pour forth dark sayings of old,

3Which we have heard and known,

And our fathers have recounted to us.

4We will not conceal them from their children,

But recount to the generation to come the praises of Yahweh,

And His strength and His wondrous deeds that He has done.

5For He established a testimony in Jacob

And set a law in Israel,

Which He commanded our fathers

That they should [†]teach them to their children,

6That the generation to come might know, even the children yet to be born,

That they may arise and recount them to their children,

7That they should set their confidence in God

And not forget the deeds of God,

But observe His commandments,

8And 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.

9The sons of Ephraim [†]were archers equipped with bows,

Yet they turned back in the day of battle.

10They did not keep the covenant of God

And refused to walk in His law;

11So they forgot His acts

And His [†]wondrous deeds that He had shown them.

12He did wonders before their fathers

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

13He split the sea and caused them to pass through,

And He made the waters stand up like a heap.

14Then He led them with the cloud by day

And all the night with a light of fire.

15He was splitting the rocks in the wilderness

And so gave them abundant drink like the ocean depths.

16He brought forth streams also from the cliff face

And caused waters to run down like rivers.

17Yet they still continued to sin against Him,

To rebel against the Most High in the desert.

18And in their heart they put God to the test

By asking for food according to their desire.

19Then they spoke against God;

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

20Behold, He struck the rock so that waters gushed out,

And streams were overflowing;

Can He give bread also?

Will He prepare [†]meat for His people?”

21Therefore Yahweh heard and [†]was full of wrath;

And a fire was kindled against Jacob

And anger also mounted against Israel,

22Because they did not believe in God

And did not trust in His salvation.

23Yet He commanded the skies above

And opened the doors of heaven;

24He rained down manna upon them to eat

And gave them grain from heaven.

25Man ate the bread of [†]angels;

He sent them provision to satisfy.

26He led forth the east wind in the heavens

And by His strength He guided the south wind.

27Then He rained [†]meat upon them like the dust,

Even winged fowl like the sand of the seas,

28He caused them to fall in the midst of His camp,

All around His dwelling places.

29So they ate and were very satisfied,

And their desire He brought to them.

30[†]Before they had satisfied their desire,

While their food was in their mouths,

31The anger of God rose against them

And killed [†]some of their stoutest ones,

And [†]subdued the choice men of Israel.

32In spite of all this they still sinned

And did not believe in His wondrous deeds.

33So He brought their days to an end in [†]futility

And their years in sudden terror.

34When He killed them, then they sought Him,

And returned and sought earnestly for God;

35And they remembered that God was their rock,

And the Most High God their Redeemer.

36But they deceived Him with their mouth

And lied to Him with their tongue.

37For their heart was not prepared to remain with Him,

Nor were they faithful in His covenant.

38But He, being compassionate, atoned for their iniquity and did not destroy them;

And He abounded in turning back His anger

And did not arouse all His wrath.

39Thus He remembered that they were but flesh,

A [†]wind that goes and does not return.

40How often they rebelled against Him in the wilderness

And grieved Him in the wasteland!

41Again and again they [†]tested God,

And pained the Holy One of Israel.

42They did not remember His [†]power,

The day when He redeemed them from the adversary,

43When He performed His signs in Egypt

And His miracles in the field of Zoan,

44And turned their rivers to blood,

And their streams, they could not drink.

45He sent among them swarms of flies which devoured them,

And frogs which destroyed them.

46He gave also their crops to the grasshopper

And the fruit of their labor to the locust.

47He killed their vines with hailstones

And their sycamore trees with frost.

48He gave over their cattle also to the hailstones

And their herds to bolts of lightning.

49He sent upon them His burning anger,

Fury and indignation and [†]distress,

[†]A band of destroying angels.

50He leveled a path for His anger;

He did not hold back their soul from death,

But gave over their life to the plague,

51So He struck all the firstborn in Egypt,

The first of their vigor in the tents of Ham.

52But He led forth His own people like sheep

And guided them in the wilderness like a flock;

53He led them safely, so that they did not fear;

But the sea covered their enemies.

54So He brought them to His holy [†]land,

To this [†]hill country which His right hand had acquired.

55He 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.

56Yet they [†]tested and rebelled against the Most High God

And did not keep His testimonies,

57But turned back and acted treacherously like their fathers;

They turned aside like a treacherous bow.

58For they provoked Him with their high places

And aroused His jealousy with their graven images.

59God heard and [†]was filled with wrath

And greatly rejected Israel;

60So that He abandoned the dwelling place at Shiloh,

The tent [†]which He caused to dwell among men,

61And gave up His strength to captivity

And His beauty into the hand of the adversary.

62He also gave over His people to the sword,

And [†]was filled with wrath at His inheritance.

63Fire devoured [†]His choice men,

And [†]His virgins had no wedding songs.

64[†]His priests fell by the sword,

And [†]His widows could not weep.

65Then the Lord awoke as if from sleep,

As if He were a warrior [†]overcome by wine.

66He struck His adversaries backward;

He put on them an everlasting reproach.

67He also rejected the tent of Joseph,

And did not choose the tribe of Ephraim,

68But chose the tribe of Judah,

Mount Zion which He loved.

69And He built His sanctuary like the heights,

Like the earth which He has founded forever.

70He also chose David His servant

And took him from the sheepfolds;

71From following the [†]nursing ewes He brought him

To shepherd Jacob His people,

And Israel His inheritance.

72So he shepherded them according to the integrity of his heart,

And led them with his skillful hands.

Title Possibly Contemplative, Didactic, Skillful Psalm
1 Or law
5 Lit make them known
8 Or put right
9 Or being
11 Or miracles
20 Lit flesh
21 Or became infuriated
25 Lit mighty ones
27 Lit flesh
30 Lit They were not estranged from
31 Lit among their fat ones
31 Lit caused to bow down
33 Lit vanity, a mere breath
39 Or breath
41 Or put God to the test
42 Lit hand
49 Or trouble
49 Lit A deputation of angels of evil
54 Lit border, territory
54 Or mountain
56 Or put to the test
59 Or became infuriated
60 Some ancient versions where He dwelt
62 Or became infuriated
63 Or their
63 Or their
64 Or Their
64 Or their
65 Or sobered up from
71 Lit ewes which gave suck

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