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Psalm 78 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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A Maskil[fn] of Asaph.
Give ear, O my people, to my teaching;
incline your ears to the words of my mouth!

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I will open my mouth in a parable;
I will utter dark sayings from of old,

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things that we have heard and known,
that our fathers have told us.

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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.

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He established a testimony in Jacob
and appointed a law in Israel,
which he commanded our fathers
to teach to their children,

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that the next generation might know them,
the children yet unborn,
and arise and tell them to their children,

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so that they should set their hope in God
and not forget the works of God,
but keep his commandments;

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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.

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The Ephraimites, armed with[fn] the bow,
turned back on the day of battle.

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They did not keep God’s covenant,
but refused to walk according to his law.

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They forgot his works
and the wonders that he had shown them.

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In the sight of their fathers he performed wonders
in the land of Egypt, in the fields of Zoan.

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He divided the sea and let them pass through it,
and made the waters stand like a heap.

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In the daytime he led them with a cloud,
and all the night with a fiery light.

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He split rocks in the wilderness
and gave them drink abundantly as from the deep.

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He made streams come out of the rock
and caused waters to flow down like rivers.

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Yet they sinned still more against him,
rebelling against the Most High in the desert.

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They tested God in their heart
by demanding the food they craved.

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They spoke against God, saying,
“Can God spread a table in the wilderness?

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He struck the rock so that water gushed out
and streams overflowed.
Can he also give bread
or provide meat for his people?”

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Therefore, when the LORD heard, he was full of wrath;
a fire was kindled against Jacob;
his anger rose against Israel,

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because they did not believe in God
and did not trust his saving power.

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Yet he commanded the skies above
and opened the doors of heaven,

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and he rained down on them manna to eat
and gave them the grain of heaven.

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Man ate of the bread of the angels;
he sent them food in abundance.

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He caused the east wind to blow in the heavens,
and by his power he led out the south wind;

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he rained meat on them like dust,
winged birds like the sand of the seas;

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he let them fall in the midst of their camp,
all around their dwellings.

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And they ate and were well filled,
for he gave them what they craved.

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But before they had satisfied their craving,
while the food was still in their mouths,

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the anger of God rose against them,
and he killed the strongest of them
and laid low the young men of Israel.

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In spite of all this, they still sinned;
despite his wonders, they did not believe.

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So he made their days vanish like[fn] a breath,[fn]
and their years in terror.

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When he killed them, they sought him;
they repented and sought God earnestly.

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They remembered that God was their rock,
the Most High God their redeemer.

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But they flattered him with their mouths;
they lied to him with their tongues.

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Their heart was not steadfast toward him;
they were not faithful to his covenant.

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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.

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He remembered that they were but flesh,
a wind that passes and comes not again.

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How often they rebelled against him in the wilderness
and grieved him in the desert!

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They tested God again and again
and provoked the Holy One of Israel.

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They did not remember his power[fn]
or the day when he redeemed them from the foe,

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when he performed his signs in Egypt
and his marvels in the fields of Zoan.

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He turned their rivers to blood,
so that they could not drink of their streams.

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He sent among them swarms of flies, which devoured them,
and frogs, which destroyed them.

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He gave their crops to the destroying locust
and the fruit of their labor to the locust.

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He destroyed their vines with hail
and their sycamores with frost.

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He gave over their cattle to the hail
and their flocks to thunderbolts.

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He let loose on them his burning anger,
wrath, indignation, and distress,
a company of destroying angels.

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He made a path for his anger;
he did not spare them from death,
but gave their lives over to the plague.

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He struck down every firstborn in Egypt,
the firstfruits of their strength in the tents of Ham.

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Then he led out his people like sheep
and guided them in the wilderness like a flock.

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He led them in safety, so that they were not afraid,
but the sea overwhelmed their enemies.

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And he brought them to his holy land,
to the mountain which his right hand had won.

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He drove out nations before them;
he apportioned them for a possession
and settled the tribes of Israel in their tents.

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Yet they tested and rebelled against the Most High God
and did not keep his testimonies,

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but turned away and acted treacherously like their fathers;
they twisted like a deceitful bow.

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For they provoked him to anger with their high places;
they moved him to jealousy with their idols.

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When God heard, he was full of wrath,
and he utterly rejected Israel.

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He forsook his dwelling at Shiloh,
the tent where he dwelt among mankind,

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and delivered his power to captivity,
his glory to the hand of the foe.

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He gave his people over to the sword
and vented his wrath on his heritage.

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Fire devoured their young men,
and their young women had no marriage song.

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Their priests fell by the sword,
and their widows made no lamentation.

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Then the Lord awoke as from sleep,
like a strong man shouting because of wine.

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And he put his adversaries to rout;
he put them to everlasting shame.

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He rejected the tent of Joseph;
he did not choose the tribe of Ephraim,

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but he chose the tribe of Judah,
Mount Zion, which he loves.

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He built his sanctuary like the high heavens,
like the earth, which he has founded forever.

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He chose David his servant
and took him from the sheepfolds;

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from following the nursing ewes he brought him
to shepherd Jacob his people,
Israel his inheritance.

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With upright heart he shepherded them
and guided them with his skillful hand.
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Probably a musical or liturgical term
Hebrew armed and shooting
Hebrew in
Or vapor
Hebrew hand

ESV

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