Psalm 78
New Living TranslationBerean Study Bible
1O my people, listen to my instructions. Open your ears to what I am saying,1A Maskil of Asaph. Give ear, O my people, to my instruction; listen to the words of my mouth.
2for I will speak to you in a parable. I will teach you hidden lessons from our past—2I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things hidden from the beginning,
3stories we have heard and known, stories our ancestors handed down to us.3that we have heard and known and our fathers have relayed to us.
4We will not hide these truths from our children; we will tell the next generation about the glorious deeds of the LORD, about his power and his mighty wonders.4We will not hide them from their children, but will declare to the next generation the praises of the LORD and His might, and the wonders He has performed.
5For he issued his laws to Jacob; he gave his instructions to Israel. He commanded our ancestors to teach them to their children,5For He established a testimony in Jacob and appointed a law in Israel, which He commanded our fathers to teach to their children,
6so the next generation might know them— even the children not yet born— and they in turn will teach their own children.6that the coming generation would know them—even children yet to be born—to arise and tell their own children
7So each generation should set its hope anew on God, not forgetting his glorious miracles and obeying his commands.7that they should put their confidence in God, not forgetting His works, but keeping His commandments.
8Then they will not be like their ancestors— stubborn, rebellious, and unfaithful, refusing to give their hearts to God.8Then they will not be like their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation, whose heart was not loyal, whose spirit was not faithful to God.
9The warriors of Ephraim, though armed with bows, turned their backs and fled on the day of battle.9The archers of Ephraim turned back on the day of battle.
10They did not keep God’s covenant and refused to live by his instructions.10They failed to keep God’s covenant and refused to live by His law.
11They forgot what he had done— the great wonders he had shown them,11They forgot what He had done, the wonders He had shown them.
12the miracles he did for their ancestors on the plain of Zoan in the land of Egypt.12He worked wonders before their fathers in the land of Egypt, in the region of Zoan.
13For he divided the sea and led them through, making the water stand up like walls!13He split the sea and brought them through; He set the waters upright like a wall.
14In the daytime he led them by a cloud, and all night by a pillar of fire.14He led them with a cloud by day and with a light of fire all night.
15He split open the rocks in the wilderness to give them water, as from a gushing spring.15He split the rocks in the wilderness and gave them drink as abundant as the seas.
16He made streams pour from the rock, making the waters flow down like a river!16He brought streams from the stone and made water flow down like rivers.
17Yet they kept on sinning against him, rebelling against the Most High in the desert.17But they continued to sin against Him, rebelling in the desert against the Most High.
18They stubbornly tested God in their hearts, demanding the foods they craved.18They willfully tested God by demanding the food they craved.
19They even spoke against God himself, saying, “God can’t give us food in the wilderness.19They spoke against God, saying, “Can God really prepare a table in the wilderness?
20Yes, he can strike a rock so water gushes out, but he can’t give his people bread and meat.”20When He struck the rock, water gushed out and torrents raged. But can He also give bread or supply His people with meat?”
21When the LORD heard them, he was furious. The fire of his wrath burned against Jacob. Yes, his anger rose against Israel,21Therefore the LORD heard and was filled with wrath; so a fire was kindled against Jacob, and His anger flared against Israel,
22for they did not believe God or trust him to care for them.22because they did not believe God or rely on His salvation.
23But he commanded the skies to open; he opened the doors of heaven.23Yet He commanded the clouds above and opened the doors of the heavens.
24He rained down manna for them to eat; he gave them bread from heaven.24He rained down manna for them to eat; He gave them grain from heaven.
25They ate the food of angels! God gave them all they could hold.25Man ate the bread of angels; He sent them food in abundance.
26He released the east wind in the heavens and guided the south wind by his mighty power.26He stirred the east wind from the heavens and drove the south wind by His might.
27He rained down meat as thick as dust— birds as plentiful as the sand on the seashore!27He rained meat on them like dust, and winged birds like the sand of the sea.
28He caused the birds to fall within their camp and all around their tents.28He felled them in the midst of their camp, all around their dwellings.
29The people ate their fill. He gave them what they craved.29So they ate and were well filled, for He gave them what they craved.
30But before they satisfied their craving, while the meat was yet in their mouths,30Yet before they had filled their desire, with the food still in their mouths,
31the anger of God rose against them, and he killed their strongest men. He struck down the finest of Israel’s young men.31God’s anger flared against them, and He put to death their strongest and subdued the young men of Israel.
32But in spite of this, the people kept sinning. Despite his wonders, they refused to trust him.32In spite of all this, they kept on sinning; despite His wonderful works, they did not believe.
33So he ended their lives in failure, their years in terror.33So He ended their days in futility, and their years in sudden terror.
34When God began killing them, they finally sought him. They repented and took God seriously.34When He slew them, they would seek Him; they repented and searched for God.
35Then they remembered that God was their rock, that God Most High was their redeemer.35And they remembered that God was their Rock, that God Most High was their Redeemer.
36But all they gave him was lip service; they lied to him with their tongues.36But they deceived Him with their mouths, and lied to Him with their tongues.
37Their hearts were not loyal to him. They did not keep his covenant.37Their hearts were disloyal to Him, and they were unfaithful to His covenant.
38Yet he was merciful and forgave their sins and did not destroy them all. Many times he held back his anger and did not unleash his fury!38And yet He was compassionate; He forgave their iniquity and did not destroy them. He often restrained His anger and did not unleash His full wrath.
39For he remembered that they were merely mortal, gone like a breath of wind that never returns.39He remembered that they were but flesh, a passing breeze that does not return.
40Oh, how often they rebelled against him in the wilderness and grieved his heart in that dry wasteland.40How often they disobeyed Him in the wilderness and grieved Him in the desert!
41Again and again they tested God’s patience and provoked the Holy One of Israel.41Again and again they tested God and provoked the Holy One of Israel.
42They did not remember his power and how he rescued them from their enemies.42They did not remember His power—the day He redeemed them from the adversary,
43They did not remember his miraculous signs in Egypt, his wonders on the plain of Zoan.43when He performed His signs in Egypt and His wonders in the fields of Zoan.
44For he turned their rivers into blood, so no one could drink from the streams.44He turned their rivers to blood, and from their streams they could not drink.
45He sent vast swarms of flies to consume them and hordes of frogs to ruin them.45He sent swarms of flies that devoured them, and frogs that devastated them.
46He gave their crops to caterpillars; their harvest was consumed by locusts.46He gave their crops to the grasshopper, the fruit of their labor to the locust.
47He destroyed their grapevines with hail and shattered their sycamore-figs with sleet.47He killed their vines with hailstones and their sycamore-figs with sleet.
48He abandoned their cattle to the hail, their livestock to bolts of lightning.48He abandoned their cattle to the hail and their livestock to bolts of lightning.
49He loosed on them his fierce anger— all his fury, rage, and hostility. He dispatched against them a band of destroying angels.49He unleashed His fury against them, wrath, indignation, and calamity—a band of destroying angels.
50He turned his anger against them; he did not spare the Egyptians’ lives but ravaged them with the plague.50He cleared a path for His anger; He did not spare them from death but delivered their lives to the plague.
51He killed the oldest son in each Egyptian family, the flower of youth throughout the land of Egypt.51He struck all the firstborn of Egypt, the virility in the tents of Ham.
52But he led his own people like a flock of sheep, guiding them safely through the wilderness.52He led out His people like sheep and guided them like a flock in the wilderness.
53He kept them safe so they were not afraid; but the sea covered their enemies.53He led them safely, so they did not fear, but the sea engulfed their enemies.
54He brought them to the border of his holy land, to this land of hills he had won for them.54He brought them to His holy land, to the mountain His right hand had acquired.
55He drove out the nations before them; he gave them their inheritance by lot. He settled the tribes of Israel into their homes.55He drove out nations before them and apportioned their inheritance; He settled the tribes of Israel in their tents.
56But they kept testing and rebelling against God Most High. They did not obey his laws.56But they tested and disobeyed God Most High, for they did not keep His decrees.
57They turned back and were as faithless as their parents. They were as undependable as a crooked bow.57They turned back and were faithless like their fathers, twisted like a faulty bow.
58They angered God by building shrines to other gods; they made him jealous with their idols.58They enraged Him with their high places and provoked His jealousy with their idols.
59When God heard them, he was very angry, and he completely rejected Israel.59On hearing it, God was furious and rejected Israel completely.
60Then he abandoned his dwelling at Shiloh, the Tabernacle where he had lived among the people.60He abandoned the tabernacle of Shiloh, the tent He had pitched among men.
61He allowed the Ark of his might to be captured; he surrendered his glory into enemy hands.61He delivered His strength to captivity, and His splendor to the hand of the adversary.
62He gave his people over to be butchered by the sword, because he was so angry with his own people—his special possession.62He surrendered His people to the sword because He was enraged by His heritage.
63Their young men were killed by fire; their young women died before singing their wedding songs.63Fire consumed His young men, and their maidens were left without wedding songs.
64Their priests were slaughtered, and their widows could not mourn their deaths.64His priests fell by the sword, but their widows could not lament.
65Then the Lord rose up as though waking from sleep, like a warrior aroused from a drunken stupor.65Then the Lord awoke as from sleep, like a mighty warrior overcome by wine.
66He routed his enemies and sent them to eternal shame.66He beat back His foes; He put them to everlasting shame.
67But he rejected Joseph’s descendants; he did not choose the tribe of Ephraim.67He rejected the tent of Joseph and refused the tribe of Ephraim.
68He chose instead the tribe of Judah, and Mount Zion, which he loved.68But He chose the tribe of Judah, Mount Zion, which He loved.
69There he built his sanctuary as high as the heavens, as solid and enduring as the earth.69He built His sanctuary like the heights, like the earth He has established forever.
70He chose his servant David, calling him from the sheep pens.70He chose David His servant and took him from the sheepfolds;
71He took David from tending the ewes and lambs and made him the shepherd of Jacob’s descendants— God’s own people, Israel.71from tending the ewes He brought him to be shepherd of His people Jacob, of Israel His inheritance.
72He cared for them with a true heart and led them with skillful hands.72So David shepherded them with integrity of heart and guided them with skillful hands.
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Psalm 77
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