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Psalm 78

Give heed to my teaching, O my people :
 incline your ears to the words of my mouth;
For I will open my mouth in a parable :
 and expound the mysteries of former times.
What we have heard and known :
 what our forefathers have told us,
We will not hide from their children,
   but declare to a generation yet to come :
 the praiseworthy acts of the Lord, his mighty and wonderful works.
He established a law in Jacob and made a decree in Israel :
 which he commanded our forefathers to teach their children,
That future generations might know, and the children yet unborn :
 that they in turn might teach it to their sons;
So that they might put their confidence in God :
 and not forget his works, but keep his commandments,
And not be as their forefathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation :
 a generation that did not set their heart aright,
   whose spirit was not faithful to God.
The children of Ephraim, armed with the bow :
 turned back in the day of battle.
They did not keep God’s covenant, they refused to walk in his law :
 they forgot what he had done, and the wonders he had shown them.
For he did marvellous things in the sight of their fathers :
 in the land of Egypt, in the country of Zoan.
He divided the sea and let them pass through :
 he made the waters stand up in a heap.
In the daytime he led them with a cloud :
 and all night long with the light of fire.
He cleft rocks in the wilderness :
 and gave them drink in abundance as from springs of water.
He brought streams out of the rock :
 and caused the waters to flow down like rivers.
But for all this they sinned yet more against him :
 and rebelled against the Most High in the desert.
They wilfully put God to the test :
 and demanded food for their appetite.
They spoke against God, and said :
 ‘Can God prepare a table in the wilderness?
‘He indeed struck the rock,
   so that the waters gushed and the streams overflowed :
 but can he also give bread, or provide meat for his people?’
When the Lord heard it he was angry,
   and a fire was kindled against Jacob :
 his wrath blazed against Israel.
For they put no trust in God :
 nor would they believe his power to save.
Then he commanded the clouds above :
 and opened the doors of heaven.
He rained down manna for them to eat :
 and gave them the grain of heaven.
So men ate the bread of angels :
 and he sent them food in abundance.
He stirred up the south east wind in the heavens :
 and guided it by his power.
He rained down meat upon them thick as dust :
 and winged birds like the sands of the sea.
He made them fall into the midst of their camp :
 and all about their tents.
So they ate and were well-filled :
 for he had given them what they desired.
But before they had satisfied their craving :
 while the food was still in their mouths,
The anger of God blazed up against them :
 and he slew their strongest men, and laid low the youth of Israel.
But for all this they sinned yet more :
 and put no faith in his wonders.
So he ended their days like a breath :
 and their years with sudden terror.
When he struck them down, then they sought him :
 they turned, and sought eagerly for God.
They remembered that God was their rock :
 that God Most High was their redeemer.
But they lied to him with their mouths :
 and dissembled with their tongues;
For their hearts were not fixed upon him :
 nor were they true to his covenant.
Yet he, being merciful, forgave their iniquity
   and did not destroy them :
 many times he turned his anger aside,
   and would not wholly arouse his fury.
He remembered that they were but flesh :
 like a wind that passes, and does not return.
How often they rebelled against him in the wilderness :
 and grieved him in the desert!
Again and again they put God to the test :
 and provoked the Holy One of Israel.
They did not remember his power :
 or the day when he redeemed them from the enemy;
How he wrought his signs in Egypt :
 his wonders in the country of Zoan.
For he turned their rivers into blood :
 so that they could not drink from the streams.
He sent swarms of flies that devoured them :
 and frogs that laid them waste.
He gave their crops to the locust :
 and the fruits of their labour to the grasshopper.
He struck down their vines with hailstones :
 and their sycomore trees with frost.
He gave up their cattle to the hail :
 and their flocks to the flash of the lightning.
He loosed on them the fierceness of his anger,
   his fury, his indignation and distress :
 and these were his messengers of destruction.
He opened a path for his fury :
 he would not spare them from death,
but gave up their lives to the pestilence.
He struck down the firstborn of Egypt :
 the first-fruits of their manhood in the dwellings of Ham.
As for his own people, he led them out like sheep :
 and guided them in the wilderness like a flock.
He led them in safety, and they were not afraid :
 but the sea covered their enemies.
He brought them to his holy land :
 to the mountains that his own right hand had won.
He drove out the nations before them,
   and apportioned their lands as a possession :
 and settled the tribes of Israel in their tents.
But they rebelled against God Most High and put him to the test :
 they would not obey his commandments.
They turned back and dealt treacherously like their fathers :
 they turned aside, slack as an unstrung bow.
They provoked him to anger with their heathen shrines :
 and moved him to jealousy with their carved images.
God heard and was angry, he utterly rejected Israel :
 he forsook the tabernacle at Shiloh,
   the tent where he dwelt among men.
He gave the ark of his might into captivity :
 and his glory into the hands of the enemy.
He delivered his people to the sword :
 and was enraged against his own possession.
Fire devoured the young men :
 there was no one to bewail the maidens;
Their priests fell by the sword :
 and there was none to mourn for the widows.
Then the Lord awoke like a man out of sleep :
 like a warrior that had been overcome with wine.
He struck the backs of his enemies as they fled :
 and put them to perpetual shame.
He rejected the family of Joseph :
 he refused the tribe of Ephraim.
But he chose the tribe of Judah :
 and the hill of Zion which he loved.
He built his sanctuary like the heights of heaven :
 like the earth which he had founded for ever.
He chose David his servant :
 and took him from the sheepfolds;
He brought him from following the ewes :
 to be the shepherd of his people Jacob,
   and of Israel his own possession.
So he tended them with upright heart :
 and guided them with skilful hand.


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