26 He let loose the east wind(A) from the heavens
    and by his power made the south wind blow.
27 He rained meat down on them like dust,
    birds(B) like sand on the seashore.
28 He made them come down inside their camp,
    all around their tents.
29 They ate till they were gorged—(C)
    he had given them what they craved.
30 But before they turned from what they craved,
    even while the food was still in their mouths,(D)
31 God’s anger rose against them;
    he put to death the sturdiest(E) among them,
    cutting down the young men of Israel.

32 In spite of all this, they kept on sinning;(F)
    in spite of his wonders,(G) they did not believe.(H)
33 So he ended their days in futility(I)
    and their years in terror.
34 Whenever God slew them, they would seek(J) him;
    they eagerly turned to him again.
35 They remembered that God was their Rock,(K)
    that God Most High was their Redeemer.(L)
36 But then they would flatter him with their mouths,(M)
    lying to him with their tongues;
37 their hearts were not loyal(N) to him,
    they were not faithful to his covenant.
38 Yet he was merciful;(O)
    he forgave(P) their iniquities(Q)
    and did not destroy them.
Time after time he restrained his anger(R)
    and did not stir up his full wrath.
39 He remembered that they were but flesh,(S)
    a passing breeze(T) that does not return.

40 How often they rebelled(U) against him in the wilderness(V)
    and grieved him(W) in the wasteland!
41 Again and again they put God to the test;(X)
    they vexed the Holy One of Israel.(Y)
42 They did not remember(Z) his power—
    the day he redeemed them from the oppressor,(AA)
43 the day he displayed his signs(AB) in Egypt,
    his wonders(AC) in the region of Zoan.
44 He turned their river into blood;(AD)
    they could not drink from their streams.
45 He sent swarms of flies(AE) that devoured them,
    and frogs(AF) that devastated them.
46 He gave their crops to the grasshopper,(AG)
    their produce to the locust.(AH)
47 He destroyed their vines with hail(AI)
    and their sycamore-figs with sleet.
48 He gave over their cattle to the hail,
    their livestock(AJ) to bolts of lightning.
49 He unleashed against them his hot anger,(AK)
    his wrath, indignation and hostility—
    a band of destroying angels.(AL)
50 He prepared a path for his anger;
    he did not spare them from death
    but gave them over to the plague.
51 He struck down all the firstborn of Egypt,(AM)
    the firstfruits of manhood in the tents of Ham.(AN)
52 But he brought his people out like a flock;(AO)
    he led them like sheep through the wilderness.

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