because he is our God and we are the people ·he takes care of [L of his pasture], the sheep ·that he tends [L of his hand; 74:1; 79:13; 100:3; John 10:11–14]. Today listen to ·what he says [L his voice]:
Drop everything and listen, listen as he speaks: “Don’t turn a deaf ear as in the Bitter Uprising, As on the day of the Wilderness Test, when your ancestors turned and put me to the test. For forty years they watched me at work among them, as over and over they tried my patience. And I was provoked—oh, was I provoked! ‘Can’t they keep their minds on God for five minutes? Do they simply refuse to walk down my road?’ Exasperated, I exploded, ‘They’ll never get where they’re headed, never be able to sit down and rest.’”
For we are the lovers he cares for and he is the God we worship. So drop everything else and listen to his voice! For this is what he’s saying: “Today, when I speak, don’t even think about turning a deaf ear to me like they did when they tested me at Meribah and Massah, the place where they argued with me, their Creator. Your ancestors challenged me over and over with their complaining, even though I had convinced them of my power and love. They still doubted my care for them.
for he is our Lord God. And we be the people of his pasture; and the sheep of his hand. If ye have heard his voice today; (for he is the Lord our God. And we be the people of his pasture; and the sheep of his hand. If ye will but listen to his voice today;)
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