Psalm 78
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1O my people, listen to my instructions. Open your ears to what I am saying,1A maskil of Asaph. My people, hear my teaching; 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 with a parable; I will utter hidden things, things from of old--
3stories we have heard and known, stories our ancestors handed down to us.3things we have heard and known, things 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 them from their descendants; we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders 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 decreed statutes for Jacob and established the law in Israel, which he commanded our ancestors to teach their children,
6so the next generation might know them— even the children not yet born— and they in turn will teach their own children.6so the next generation would know them, even the children yet to be born, and they in turn would tell their children.
7So each generation should set its hope anew on God, not forgetting his glorious miracles and obeying his commands.7Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands.
8Then they will not be like their ancestors— stubborn, rebellious, and unfaithful, refusing to give their hearts to God.8They would not be like their ancestors-- a stubborn and rebellious generation, whose hearts were not loyal to God, whose spirits were not faithful to him.
9The warriors of Ephraim, though armed with bows, turned their backs and fled on the day of battle.9The men of Ephraim, though armed with bows, turned back on the day of battle;
10They did not keep God’s covenant and refused to live by his instructions.10they did not 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 did miracles 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 through; he made the water stand up like a wall.
14In the daytime he led them by a cloud, and all night by a pillar of fire.14He guided them with the cloud by day and with light from the 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 water as abundant as the seas;
16He made streams pour from the rock, making the waters flow down like a river!16he brought streams out of a rocky crag 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 wilderness against the Most High.
18They stubbornly tested God in their hearts, demanding the foods they craved.18They willfully put God to the test 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; they said, "Can God really spread 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.”20True, he struck the rock, and water gushed out, streams flowed abundantly, but can he also give us bread? Can he supply 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 them, he was furious; his fire broke out against Jacob, and his wrath rose against Israel,
22for they did not believe God or trust him to care for them.22for they did not believe in God or trust in his deliverance.
23But he commanded the skies to open; he opened the doors of heaven.23Yet he gave a command to the skies 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 the people to eat, he gave them the grain of heaven.
25They ate the food of angels! God gave them all they could hold.25Human beings ate the bread of angels; he sent them all the food they could eat.
26He released the east wind in the heavens and guided the south wind by his mighty power.26He let loose the east wind from the heavens and by his power made the south wind blow.
27He rained down meat as thick as dust— birds as plentiful as the sand on the seashore!27He rained meat down on them like dust, birds like sand on the seashore.
28He caused the birds to fall within their camp and all around their tents.28He made them come down inside their camp, all around their tents.
29The people ate their fill. He gave them what they craved.29They ate till they were gorged-- he had given them what they craved.
30But before they satisfied their craving, while the meat was yet in their mouths,30But before they turned from what they craved, even while the 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.31God's anger rose against them; he put to death the sturdiest among them, cutting down 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; in spite of his wonders, 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 terror.
34When God began killing them, they finally sought him. They repented and took God seriously.34Whenever God slew them, they would seek him; they eagerly turned to him again.
35Then they remembered that God was their rock, that God Most High was their redeemer.35They 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 then they would flatter him with their mouths, lying to him with their tongues;
37Their hearts were not loyal to him. They did not keep his covenant.37their hearts were not loyal to him, they were not faithful 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 was merciful; he forgave their iniquities and did not destroy them. Time after time he restrained his anger and did not stir up 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 rebelled against him in the wilderness and grieved him in the wasteland!
41Again and again they tested God’s patience and provoked the Holy One of Israel.41Again and again they put God to the test; they vexed 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 oppressor,
43They did not remember his miraculous signs in Egypt, his wonders on the plain of Zoan.43the day he displayed his signs in Egypt, his wonders in the region of Zoan.
44For he turned their rivers into blood, so no one could drink from the streams.44He turned their river into blood; 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 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, their produce 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-figs with sleet.
48He abandoned their cattle to the hail, their livestock to bolts of lightning.48He gave over their cattle to the hail, 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 against them his hot anger, his wrath, indignation and hostility-- 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 prepared a path for his anger; he did not spare them from death but gave them over to the plague.
51He killed the oldest son in each Egyptian family, the flower of youth throughout the land of Egypt.51He struck down all the firstborn of Egypt, the firstfruits of manhood in the tents of Ham.
52But he led his own people like a flock of sheep, guiding them safely through the wilderness.52But he brought his people out like a flock; he led them like sheep through the wilderness.
53He kept them safe so they were not afraid; but the sea covered their enemies.53He guided them safely, so they were unafraid; 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.54And so he brought them to the border of his holy land, to the hill country his right hand had taken.
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 allotted their lands to them as an inheritance; he settled the tribes of Israel in their homes.
56But they kept testing and rebelling against God Most High. They did not obey his laws.56But they put God to the test and rebelled against the Most High; they did not keep his statutes.
57They turned back and were as faithless as their parents. They were as undependable as a crooked bow.57Like their ancestors they were disloyal and faithless, as unreliable as a faulty bow.
58They angered God by building shrines to other gods; they made him jealous with their idols.58They angered him with their high places; they aroused his jealousy with their idols.
59When God heard them, he was very angry, and he completely rejected Israel.59When God heard them, he was furious; he 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 set up among humans.
61He allowed the Ark of his might to be captured; he surrendered his glory into enemy hands.61He sent the ark of his might into captivity, his splendor into the hands 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 gave his people over to the sword; he was furious with his inheritance.
63Their young men were killed by fire; their young women died before singing their wedding songs.63Fire consumed their young men, and their young women had no wedding songs;
64Their priests were slaughtered, and their widows could not mourn their deaths.64their priests were put to the sword, and their widows could not weep.
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, as a warrior wakes from the stupor of wine.
66He routed his enemies and sent them to eternal shame.66He beat back his enemies; he put them to everlasting shame.
67But he rejected Joseph’s descendants; he did not choose the tribe of Ephraim.67Then he rejected the tents of Joseph, he did not choose 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 that he established forever.
70He chose his servant David, calling him from the sheep pens.70He chose David his servant and took him from the sheep pens;
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 sheep he brought him to be the shepherd of his people Jacob, of Israel his inheritance.
72He cared for them with a true heart and led them with skillful hands.72And David shepherded them with integrity of heart; with skillful hands he led them.
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Psalm 77
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