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Psalm 78 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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Tell the Coming Generation

Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:1 - A Maskil[fn] of Asaph.
Give ear, O my people, to my teaching;
incline your ears to the words of my mouth!
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:2 - I will open my mouth in a parable;
I will utter dark sayings from of old,
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:3 - things that we have heard and known,
that our fathers have told us.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:4 - We will not hide them from their children,
but tell to the coming generation
the glorious deeds of the LORD, and his might,
and the wonders that he has done.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:5 - He established a testimony in Jacob
and appointed a law in Israel,
which he commanded our fathers
to teach to their children,
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:6 - that the next generation might know them,
the children yet unborn,
and arise and tell them to their children,
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:7 - so that they should set their hope in God
and not forget the works of God,
but keep his commandments;
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:8 - and that they should not be like their fathers,
a stubborn and rebellious generation,
a generation whose heart was not steadfast,
whose spirit was not faithful to God.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:9 - The Ephraimites, armed with[fn] the bow,
turned back on the day of battle.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:10 - They did not keep God’s covenant,
but refused to walk according to his law.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:11 - They forgot his works
and the wonders that he had shown them.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:12 - In the sight of their fathers he performed wonders
in the land of Egypt, in the fields of Zoan.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:13 - He divided the sea and let them pass through it,
and made the waters stand like a heap.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:14 - In the daytime he led them with a cloud,
and all the night with a fiery light.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:15 - He split rocks in the wilderness
and gave them drink abundantly as from the deep.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:16 - He made streams come out of the rock
and caused waters to flow down like rivers.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:17 - Yet they sinned still more against him,
rebelling against the Most High in the desert.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:18 - They tested God in their heart
by demanding the food they craved.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:19 - They spoke against God, saying,
“Can God spread a table in the wilderness?
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:20 - He struck the rock so that water gushed out
and streams overflowed.
Can he also give bread
or provide meat for his people?”
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:21 - Therefore, when the LORD heard, he was full of wrath;
a fire was kindled against Jacob;
his anger rose against Israel,
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:22 - because they did not believe in God
and did not trust his saving power.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:23 - Yet he commanded the skies above
and opened the doors of heaven,
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:24 - and he rained down on them manna to eat
and gave them the grain of heaven.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:25 - Man ate of the bread of the angels;
he sent them food in abundance.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:26 - He caused the east wind to blow in the heavens,
and by his power he led out the south wind;
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:27 - he rained meat on them like dust,
winged birds like the sand of the seas;
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:28 - he let them fall in the midst of their camp,
all around their dwellings.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:29 - And they ate and were well filled,
for he gave them what they craved.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:30 - But before they had satisfied their craving,
while the food was still in their mouths,
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:31 - the anger of God rose against them,
and he killed the strongest of them
and laid low the young men of Israel.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:32 - In spite of all this, they still sinned;
despite his wonders, they did not believe.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:33 - So he made their days vanish like[fn] a breath,[fn]
and their years in terror.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:34 - When he killed them, they sought him;
they repented and sought God earnestly.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:35 - They remembered that God was their rock,
the Most High God their redeemer.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:36 - But they flattered him with their mouths;
they lied to him with their tongues.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:37 - Their heart was not steadfast toward him;
they were not faithful to his covenant.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:38 - Yet he, being compassionate,
atoned for their iniquity
and did not destroy them;
he restrained his anger often
and did not stir up all his wrath.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:39 - He remembered that they were but flesh,
a wind that passes and comes not again.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:40 - How often they rebelled against him in the wilderness
and grieved him in the desert!
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:41 - They tested God again and again
and provoked the Holy One of Israel.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:42 - They did not remember his power[fn]
or the day when he redeemed them from the foe,
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:43 - when he performed his signs in Egypt
and his marvels in the fields of Zoan.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:44 - He turned their rivers to blood,
so that they could not drink of their streams.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:45 - He sent among them swarms of flies, which devoured them,
and frogs, which destroyed them.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:46 - He gave their crops to the destroying locust
and the fruit of their labor to the locust.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:47 - He destroyed their vines with hail
and their sycamores with frost.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:48 - He gave over their cattle to the hail
and their flocks to thunderbolts.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:49 - He let loose on them his burning anger,
wrath, indignation, and distress,
a company of destroying angels.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:50 - He made a path for his anger;
he did not spare them from death,
but gave their lives over to the plague.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:51 - He struck down every firstborn in Egypt,
the firstfruits of their strength in the tents of Ham.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:52 - Then he led out his people like sheep
and guided them in the wilderness like a flock.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:53 - He led them in safety, so that they were not afraid,
but the sea overwhelmed their enemies.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:54 - And he brought them to his holy land,
to the mountain which his right hand had won.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:55 - He drove out nations before them;
he apportioned them for a possession
and settled the tribes of Israel in their tents.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:56 - Yet they tested and rebelled against the Most High God
and did not keep his testimonies,
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:57 - but turned away and acted treacherously like their fathers;
they twisted like a deceitful bow.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:58 - For they provoked him to anger with their high places;
they moved him to jealousy with their idols.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:59 - When God heard, he was full of wrath,
and he utterly rejected Israel.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:60 - He forsook his dwelling at Shiloh,
the tent where he dwelt among mankind,
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:61 - and delivered his power to captivity,
his glory to the hand of the foe.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:62 - He gave his people over to the sword
and vented his wrath on his heritage.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:63 - Fire devoured their young men,
and their young women had no marriage song.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:64 - Their priests fell by the sword,
and their widows made no lamentation.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:65 - Then the Lord awoke as from sleep,
like a strong man shouting because of wine.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:66 - And he put his adversaries to rout;
he put them to everlasting shame.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:67 - He rejected the tent of Joseph;
he did not choose the tribe of Ephraim,
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:68 - but he chose the tribe of Judah,
Mount Zion, which he loves.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:69 - He built his sanctuary like the high heavens,
like the earth, which he has founded forever.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:70 - He chose David his servant
and took him from the sheepfolds;
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:71 - from following the nursing ewes he brought him
to shepherd Jacob his people,
Israel his inheritance.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:72 - With upright heart he shepherded them
and guided them with his skillful hand.
ESV Footnotes
Probably a musical or liturgical term
Hebrew armed and shooting
Hebrew in
Or vapor
Hebrew hand

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