That they might [a]set their hope on God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments:

And not to be as their [b]fathers, a disobedient and rebellious generation: a generation that set not their heart aright, and whose spirit was not faithful unto God.

The children of [c]Ephraim being armed and shooting with the bow, turned back in the day of battle.

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  1. Psalm 78:7 He showeth wherein the use of this doctrine standeth: in faith, in the meditation of God’s benefits, and in obedience.
  2. Psalm 78:8 Though these fathers were the seed of Abraham and the chosen people, yet he showeth by their rebellion, provocation, falsehood, and hypocrisy, that the children ought not to follow their examples.
  3. Psalm 78:9 By Ephraim he meaneth also the rest of the tribes, because they were most in number: whose punishment declareth that they were unfaithful to God, and by their multitude and authority had corrupt all others.

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