78 Listen, O my people, to my [b]instruction; Incline your ears to the words of my mouth. 2 I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings of old, 3 Which we have heard and known, And our fathers have told us. 4 We will not conceal them from their children, But tell to the generation to come the praises of the Lord, And His strength and His wondrous works that He has done.
5 For He established a testimony in Jacob And appointed a law in Israel, Which He commanded our fathers That they should [c]teach them to their children, 6 That the generation to come might know, eventhe children yet to be born, That they may arise and tell them to their children, 7 That they should put their confidence in God And not forget the works of God, But keep His commandments, 8 And not be like their fathers, A stubborn and rebellious generation, A generation that did not [d]prepare its heart And whose spirit was not faithful to God.
9 The sons of Ephraim [e]were archers equipped with bows, Yetthey turned back in the day of battle. 10 They did not keep the covenant of God And refused to walk in His law; 11 They forgot His deeds And His [f]miracles that He had shown them. 12 He wrought wonders before their fathers In the land of Egypt, in the field of Zoan. 13 He divided the sea and caused them to pass through, And He made the waters stand up like a heap. 14 Then He led them with the cloud by day And all the night with a light of fire. 15 He split the rocks in the wilderness And gave them abundant drink like the ocean depths. 16 He brought forth streams also from the rock And caused waters to run down like rivers.
17 Yet they still continued to sin against Him, To rebel against the Most High in the desert. 18 And in their heart they put God to the test By asking food according to their desire. 19 Then they spoke against God; They said, “Can God prepare a table in the wilderness? 20 “Behold, He struck the rock so that waters gushed out, And streams were overflowing; Can He give bread also? Will He provide [g]meat for His people?”
21 Therefore the Lord heard and [h]was full of wrath; And a fire was kindled against Jacob And anger also mounted against Israel, 22 Because they did not believe in God And did not trust in His salvation. 23 Yet He commanded the clouds above And opened the doors of heaven; 24 He rained down manna upon them to eat And gave them [i]food from heaven. 25 Man did eat the bread of [j]angels; He sent them [k]food [l]in abundance. 26 He caused the east wind to blow in the heavens And by His [m]power He directed the south wind. 27 When He rained [n]meat upon them like the dust, Even winged fowl like the sand of the seas, 28 Then He let them fall in the midst of [o]their camp, Round about their dwellings. 29 So they ate and were well filled, And their desire He gave to them. 30 [p]Before they had satisfied their desire, While their food was in their mouths, 31 The anger of God rose against them And killed [q]some of their stoutest ones, And [r]subdued the choice men of Israel. 32 In spite of all this they still sinned And did not believe in His wonderful works. 33 So He brought their days to an end in [s]futility And their years in sudden terror.
34 When He killed them, then they sought Him, And returned and searched diligently for God; 35 And they remembered that God was their rock, And the Most High God their Redeemer. 36 But they deceived Him with their mouth And lied to Him with their tongue. 37 For their heart was not steadfast toward Him, Nor were they faithful in His covenant.
Psalm 78:1Possibly, Contemplative, or Didactic, or Skillful Psalm
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