Psalm 78
New Living TranslationNET Bible
1O my people, listen to my instructions. Open your ears to what I am saying,1A well-written song by Asaph. Pay attention, my people, to my instruction! Listen to the words I speak!
2for I will speak to you in a parable. I will teach you hidden lessons from our past—2I will sing a song that imparts wisdom; I will make insightful observations about the past.
3stories we have heard and known, stories our ancestors handed down to us.3What we have heard and learned--that which our ancestors have told 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 from their descendants. We will tell the next generation about the LORD's praiseworthy acts, about his strength and the amazing things he has done.
5For he issued his laws to Jacob; he gave his instructions to Israel. He commanded our ancestors to teach them to their children,5He established a rule in Jacob; he set up a law in Israel. He commanded our ancestors to make his deeds known to their descendants,
6so the next generation might know them— even the children not yet born— and they in turn will teach their own children.6so that the next generation, children yet to be born, might know about them. They will grow up and tell their descendants about them.
7So each generation should set its hope anew on God, not forgetting his glorious miracles and obeying his commands.7Then they will place their confidence in God. They will not forget the works of God, and they will obey his commands.
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 ancestors, who were a stubborn and rebellious generation, a generation that was not committed and faithful to God.
9The warriors of Ephraim, though armed with bows, turned their backs and fled on the day of battle.9The Ephraimites were armed with bows, but they retreated in the day of battle.
10They did not keep God’s covenant and refused to live by his instructions.10They did not keep their covenant with God, and they refused to obey his law.
11They forgot what he had done— the great wonders he had shown them,11They forgot what he had done, the amazing things he had shown them.
12the miracles he did for their ancestors on the plain of Zoan in the land of Egypt.12He did amazing things in the sight of their ancestors, 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 divided the sea and led them across it; he made the water stand in a heap.
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 the light of a fire all night long.
15He split open the rocks in the wilderness to give them water, as from a gushing spring.15He broke open rocks in the wilderness, and gave them enough water to fill the depths of the sea.
16He made streams pour from the rock, making the waters flow down like a river!16He caused streams to flow from the rock, and made the water flow like rivers.
17Yet they kept on sinning against him, rebelling against the Most High in the desert.17Yet they continued to sin against him, and rebelled against the sovereign One in the desert.
18They stubbornly tested God in their hearts, demanding the foods they craved.18They willfully challenged God by asking for food to satisfy their appetite.
19They even spoke against God himself, saying, “God can’t give us food in the wilderness.19They insulted God, saying, "Is God really able to give us food in the wilderness?
20Yes, he can strike a rock so water gushes out, but he can’t give his people bread and meat.”20Yes, he struck a rock and water flowed out, streams gushed forth. But can he also give us food? Will he provide meat for his people?"
21When the LORD heard them, he was furious. The fire of his wrath burned against Jacob. Yes, his anger rose against Israel,21When the LORD heard this, he was furious. A fire broke out against Jacob, and his anger flared up against Israel,
22for they did not believe God or trust him to care for them.22because they did not have faith in God, and did not trust his ability to deliver them.
23But he commanded the skies to open; he opened the doors of heaven.23He gave a command to the clouds above, and opened the doors in the sky.
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 the grain of heaven.
25They ate the food of angels! God gave them all they could hold.25Man ate the food of the mighty ones. He sent them more than enough to eat.
26He released the east wind in the heavens and guided the south wind by his mighty power.26He brought the east wind through the sky, and by his strength led forth the south wind.
27He rained down meat as thick as dust— birds as plentiful as the sand on the seashore!27He rained down meat on them like dust, birds as numerous as the sand on the seashores.
28He caused the birds to fall within their camp and all around their tents.28He caused them to fall right in the middle of their camp, all around their homes.
29The people ate their fill. He gave them what they craved.29They ate until they were stuffed; he gave them what they desired.
30But before they satisfied their craving, while the meat was yet in their mouths,30They were not yet filled up, their food was 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.31when the anger of God flared up against them. He killed some of the strongest of them; he brought the young men of Israel to their knees.
32But in spite of this, the people kept sinning. Despite his wonders, they refused to trust him.32Despite all this, they continued to sin, and did not trust him to do amazing things.
33So he ended their lives in failure, their years in terror.33So he caused them to die unsatisfied and filled with terror.
34When God began killing them, they finally sought him. They repented and took God seriously.34When he struck them down, they sought his favor; they turned back and longed for God.
35Then they remembered that God was their rock, that God Most High was their redeemer.35They remembered that God was their protector, and that the sovereign God was their deliverer.
36But all they gave him was lip service; they lied to him with their tongues.36But they deceived him with their words, and lied to him.
37Their hearts were not loyal to him. They did not keep his covenant.37They were not really committed 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!38Yet he is compassionate. He forgives sin and does not destroy. He often holds back his anger, and does not stir up his fury.
39For he remembered that they were merely mortal, gone like a breath of wind that never returns.39He remembered that they were made of flesh, and were like a wind that blows past and does not return.
40Oh, how often they rebelled against him in the wilderness and grieved his heart in that dry wasteland.40How often they rebelled against him in the wilderness, and insulted him in the desert!
41Again and again they tested God’s patience and provoked the Holy One of Israel.41They again challenged God, and offended the Holy One of Israel.
42They did not remember his power and how he rescued them from their enemies.42They did not remember what he had done, how he delivered them from the enemy,
43They did not remember his miraculous signs in Egypt, his wonders on the plain of Zoan.43when he performed his awesome deeds in Egypt, and his acts of judgment in the region of Zoan.
44For he turned their rivers into blood, so no one could drink from the streams.44He turned their rivers into blood, and they could not drink from their streams.
45He sent vast swarms of flies to consume them and hordes of frogs to ruin them.45He sent swarms of biting insects against them, as well as frogs that overran their land.
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 destroyed their vines with hail, and their sycamore-fig trees with driving rain.
48He abandoned their cattle to the hail, their livestock to bolts of lightning.48He rained hail down on their cattle, and hurled lightning bolts down on their livestock.
49He loosed on them his fierce anger— all his fury, rage, and hostility. He dispatched against them a band of destroying angels.49His raging anger lashed out against them, He sent fury, rage, and trouble as messengers who bring disaster.
50He turned his anger against them; he did not spare the Egyptians’ lives but ravaged them with the plague.50He sent his anger in full force; he did not spare them from death; he handed their lives over to destruction.
51He killed the oldest son in each Egyptian family, the flower of youth throughout the land of Egypt.51He struck down all the firstborn in Egypt, the firstfruits of their reproductive power in the tents of Ham.
52But he led his own people like a flock of sheep, guiding them safely through the wilderness.52Yet he brought out his people like sheep; he led them through the wilderness like a flock.
53He kept them safe so they were not afraid; but the sea covered their enemies.53He guided them safely along, while the sea covered 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 the border of his holy land, to this mountainous land which his right hand 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 the nations out from before them; he assigned them their tribal allotments and allowed the tribes of Israel to settle down.
56But they kept testing and rebelling against God Most High. They did not obey his laws.56Yet they challenged and defied the sovereign God, and did not obey his commands.
57They turned back and were as faithless as their parents. They were as undependable as a crooked bow.57They were unfaithful and acted as treacherously as their ancestors; they were as unreliable as a malfunctioning bow.
58They angered God by building shrines to other gods; they made him jealous with their idols.58They made him angry with their pagan shrines, and made him jealous with their idols.
59When God heard them, he was very angry, and he completely rejected Israel.59God heard and was angry; he completely rejected Israel.
60Then he abandoned his dwelling at Shiloh, the Tabernacle where he had lived among the people.60He abandoned the sanctuary at Shiloh, the tent where he lived among men.
61He allowed the Ark of his might to be captured; he surrendered his glory into enemy hands.61He allowed the symbol of his strong presence to be captured; he gave the symbol of his splendor into the hand of the enemy.
62He gave his people over to be butchered by the sword, because he was so angry with his own people—his special possession.62He delivered his people over to the sword, and was angry with his chosen nation.
63Their young men were killed by fire; their young women died before singing their wedding songs.63Fire consumed their young men, and their virgins remained unmarried.
64Their priests were slaughtered, and their widows could not mourn their deaths.64Their priests fell by the sword, but their widows did not weep.
65Then the Lord rose up as though waking from sleep, like a warrior aroused from a drunken stupor.65But then the Lord awoke from his sleep; he was like a warrior in a drunken rage.
66He routed his enemies and sent them to eternal shame.66He drove his enemies back; he made them a permanent target for insults.
67But he rejected Joseph’s descendants; he did not choose the tribe of Ephraim.67He rejected the tent of Joseph; he did not choose the tribe of Ephraim.
68He chose instead the tribe of Judah, and Mount Zion, which he loved.68He chose the tribe of Judah, and Mount Zion, which he loves.
69There he built his sanctuary as high as the heavens, as solid and enduring as the earth.69He made his sanctuary as enduring as the heavens above; as secure as the earth, which he established permanently.
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.71He took him away from following the mother sheep, and made him the shepherd of Jacob, his people, and of Israel, his chosen nation.
72He cared for them with a true heart and led them with skillful hands.72David cared for them with pure motives; he led them with skill.
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Psalm 77
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