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(A special psalm by Asaph.)

What God Has Done for His People

78 My friends, I beg you
    to listen as I teach.
I will give instruction
    and explain the mystery
    of what happened long ago.
These are things we learned
    from our ancestors,
    and we will tell them
    to the next generation.
We won’t keep secret
    the glorious deeds
    and the mighty miracles
    of the Lord.

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Psalm 78

A maskil[a] of Asaph.

My people, hear my teaching;(A)
    listen to the words of my mouth.
I will open my mouth with a parable;(B)
    I will utter hidden things, things from of old—
things we have heard and known,
    things our ancestors have told us.(C)
We will not hide them from their descendants;(D)
    we will tell the next generation(E)
the praiseworthy deeds(F) of the Lord,
    his power, and the wonders(G) he has done.

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Footnotes

  1. Psalm 78:1 Title: Probably a literary or musical term

12     he did for their ancestors
    near Zoan[a] in Egypt.

13 God made a path in the sea
    and piled up the water
    as he led them across.
14 He guided them during the day
    with a cloud,
    and each night he led them
    with a flaming fire.
15 God made water flow
from rocks
he split open
    in the desert,
    and his people drank freely,
    as though from a lake.
16 He made streams gush out
    like rivers from rocks.

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Footnotes

  1. 78.12 Zoan: A city in the eastern part of the Nile Delta.

12 He did miracles(A) in the sight of their ancestors
    in the land of Egypt,(B) in the region of Zoan.(C)
13 He divided the sea(D) and led them through;
    he made the water stand up like a wall.(E)
14 He guided them with the cloud by day
    and with light from the fire all night.(F)
15 He split the rocks(G) in the wilderness
    and gave them water as abundant as the seas;
16 he brought streams out of a rocky crag
    and made water flow down like rivers.

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