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56  Yet still they tested God Most High
      and rebelled against him, 
   and would not keep his commandments.
57  They turned back and fell away like their forebears, 
   starting aside like an unstrung bow.
58  They grieved him with their hill altars 
   and provoked him to displeasure with their idols.
59  God heard and was greatly angered, 
   and utterly rejected Israel.
60  He forsook the tabernacle at Shiloh, 
   the tent of his presence on earth.
61  He gave the ark of his strength into captivity, 
   his splendour into the adversary’s hand.
62  He delivered his people to the sword 
   and raged against his inheritance.
63  The fire consumed their young men; 
   there was no one to lament their maidens.
64  Their priests fell by the sword, 
   and their widows made no lamentation.
65  Then the Lord woke as out of sleep, 
   like a warrior who had been overcome with wine.
66  He struck his enemies from behind 
   and put them to perpetual shame.
67  He rejected the tent of Joseph 
   and chose not the tribe of Ephraim,
68  But he chose the tribe of Judah 
   and the hill of Zion, which he loved.
69  And there he built his sanctuary like the heights of heaven, 
   like the earth which he founded for ever.
70  He chose David also, his servant, 
   and took him away from the sheepfolds.
71  From following the ewes with their lambs he took him, 
   that he might shepherd Jacob his people
      and Israel his inheritance.
72  So he shepherded them with a devoted heart 
   and with skilful hands he guided them.


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