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Psalm 78 :: New American Standard Bible 1995 (NASB95)

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God's Guidance of His People in Spite of Their Unfaithfulness.

Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:1 - A [fn]Maskil of Asaph.
Listen, O my people, to my [fn]instruction;
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 of old,
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:3 - Which we have heard and known,
And our fathers have told us.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:4 - 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:5 - For He established a testimony in Jacob
And appointed a law in Israel,
Which He commanded our fathers
That they should [fn]teach them to their children,
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:6 - That the generation to come might know, even the children yet to be born,
That they may arise and tell them to their children,
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:7 - That they should put their confidence in God
And not forget the works of God,
But keep His commandments,
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:8 - And not be like their fathers,
A stubborn and rebellious generation,
A generation that did not [fn]prepare its heart
And whose spirit was not faithful to God.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:9 - The sons of Ephraim [fn]were archers equipped with bows,
Yet they turned back in the day of battle.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:10 - They did not keep the covenant of God
And refused to walk in His law;
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:11 - They forgot His deeds
And His [fn]miracles that He had shown them.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:12 - He wrought wonders before their fathers
In the land of Egypt, in the field of Zoan.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:13 - He divided the sea and caused them to pass through,
And He made the waters stand up like a heap.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:14 - Then He led them with the cloud by day
And all the night with a light of fire.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:15 - He split the rocks in the wilderness
And gave them abundant drink like the ocean depths.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:16 - He brought forth streams also from the rock
And caused waters to run down like rivers.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:17 - Yet they still continued to sin against Him,
To rebel against the Most High in the desert.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:18 - And in their heart they put God to the test
By asking food according to their desire.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:19 - Then they spoke against God;
They said, “Can God prepare a table in the wilderness?
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:20 - “Behold, He struck the rock so that waters gushed out,
And streams were overflowing;
Can He give bread also?
Will He provide [fn]meat for His people?”
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:21 - Therefore the LORD heard and [fn]was full of wrath;
And a fire was kindled against Jacob
And anger also mounted against Israel,
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:22 - Because they did not believe in God
And did not trust in His salvation.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:23 - Yet He commanded the clouds above
And opened the doors of heaven;
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:24 - He rained down manna upon them to eat
And gave them [fn]food from heaven.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:25 - Man did eat the bread of [fn]angels;
He sent them [fn]food [fn]in abundance.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:26 - He caused the east wind to blow in the heavens
And by His [fn]power He directed the south wind.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:27 - When He rained [fn]meat upon them like the dust,
Even winged fowl like the sand of the seas,
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:28 - Then He let them fall in the midst of [fn]their camp,
Round about their dwellings.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:29 - So they ate and were well filled,
And their desire He gave to them.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:30 - [fn]Before they had satisfied their desire,
While their food was in their mouths,
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:31 - The anger of God rose against them
And killed [fn]some of their stoutest ones,
And [fn]subdued the choice men of Israel.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:32 - In spite of all this they still sinned
And did not believe in His wonderful works.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:33 - So He brought their days to an end in [fn]futility
And their years in sudden terror.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:34 - When He killed them, then they sought Him,
And returned and searched diligently for God;
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:35 - And they remembered that God was their rock,
And the Most High God their Redeemer.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:36 - But they deceived Him with their mouth
And lied to Him with their tongue.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:37 - For their heart was not steadfast toward Him,
Nor were they faithful in His covenant.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:38 - But He, being compassionate, [fn]forgave their iniquity and did not destroy them;
And often He [fn]restrained His anger
And did not arouse all His wrath.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:39 - Thus He remembered that they were but flesh,
A [fn]wind that passes and does not return.
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 - Again and again they [fn]tempted God,
And pained the Holy One of Israel.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:42 - They did not remember His [fn]power,
The day when He redeemed them from the adversary,
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:43 - When He performed His signs in Egypt
And His marvels in the field of Zoan,
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:44 - And turned their rivers to blood,
And their streams, they could not drink.
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 also their crops to the grasshopper
And the product of their labor to the locust.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:47 - He [fn]destroyed their vines with hailstones
And their sycamore trees with frost.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:48 - He gave over their cattle also to the hailstones
And their herds to bolts of lightning.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:49 - He sent upon them His burning anger,
Fury and indignation and trouble,
[fn]A band of destroying angels.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:50 - He leveled a path for His anger;
He did not spare their soul from death,
But gave over their life to the plague,
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:51 - And smote all the firstborn in Egypt,
The first issue of their virility in the tents of Ham.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:52 - But He led forth His own people like sheep
And guided them in the wilderness like a flock;
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:53 - He led them safely, so that they did not fear;
But the sea engulfed their enemies.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:54 - So He brought them to His holy [fn]land,
To this [fn]hill country which His right hand had gained.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:55 - He also drove out the nations before them
And apportioned them for an inheritance by measurement,
And made the tribes of Israel dwell in their tents.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:56 - Yet they [fn]tempted and rebelled against the Most High God
And did not keep His testimonies,
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:57 - But turned back and acted treacherously like their fathers;
They turned aside like a treacherous bow.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:58 - For they provoked Him with their high places
And aroused His jealousy with their graven images.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:59 - When God heard, He [fn]was filled with wrath
And greatly abhorred Israel;
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:60 - So that He abandoned the dwelling place at Shiloh,
The tent [fn]which He had pitched among men,
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:61 - And gave up His strength to captivity
And His glory into the hand of the adversary.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:62 - He also delivered His people to the sword,
And [fn]was filled with wrath at His inheritance.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:63 - Fire devoured [fn]His young men,
And [fn]His virgins had no wedding songs.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:64 - [fn]His priests fell by the sword,
And [fn]His widows could not weep.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:65 - Then the Lord awoke as if from sleep,
Like a warrior [fn]overcome by wine.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:66 - He [fn]drove His adversaries backward;
He put on them an everlasting reproach.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:67 - He also rejected the tent of Joseph,
And did not choose the tribe of Ephraim,
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:68 - But chose the tribe of Judah,
Mount Zion which He loved.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:69 - And He built His sanctuary like the heights,
Like the earth which He has founded forever.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:70 - He also chose David His servant
And took him from the sheepfolds;
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:71 - From [fn]the care of the [fn]ewes with suckling lambs He brought him
To shepherd Jacob His people,
And Israel His inheritance.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:72 - So he shepherded them according to the integrity of his heart,
And guided them with his skillful hands.
NASB95 Footnotes
Possibly, Contemplative, or Didactic, or Skillful Psalm
Or, law, teaching
Literally: make them known
Or, put right
Or, being
Or, wonderful works
Literally: flesh
Or, became infuriated
Literally: grain
Literally: mighty ones
Or, provision
Literally: to satiation
Or, strength
Literally: flesh
Literally: His
Literally: They were not estranged from
Literally: among their fat ones
Literally: caused to bow down
Literally: vanity, a mere breath
Literally: covered over, atoned for
Literally: turned away
Or, breath
Or, put God to the test
Literally: hand
Literally: was killing
Literally: A deputation of angels of evil
Literally: border, territory
Or, mountain
Or, put to the test
Or, became infuriated
Some ancient versions read where He dwelt
Or, became infuriated
Or, their
Or, their
Or, sobered up from
Literally: smote
Literally: following
Literally: ewes which gave suck, He...

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