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Psalm 78 :: New International Version (NIV)

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Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:1 - A maskil[fn] of Asaph. My people, hear my teaching; listen to the words of my mouth.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:2 - I will open my mouth with a parable; I will utter hidden things, things from of old—
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:3 - things we have heard and known, things our ancestors have told us.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:4 - We will not hide them from their descendants; we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:5 - He decreed statutes for Jacob and established the law in Israel, which he commanded our ancestors to teach their children,
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:6 - so the next generation would know them, even the children yet to be born, and they in turn would tell their children.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:7 - Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:8 - They would not be like their ancestors— a stubborn and rebellious generation, whose hearts were not loyal to God, whose spirits were not faithful to him.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:9 - The men of Ephraim, though armed with bows, turned back on the day of battle;
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:10 - they did not keep God’s covenant and refused to live by his law.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:11 - They forgot what he had done, the wonders he had shown them.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:12 - He did miracles in the sight of their ancestors in the land of Egypt, in the region of Zoan.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:13 - He divided the sea and led them through; he made the water stand up like a wall.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:14 - He guided them with the cloud by day and with light from the fire all night.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:15 - He split the rocks in the wilderness and gave them water as abundant as the seas;
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:16 - he brought streams out of a rocky crag and made water flow down like rivers.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:17 - But they continued to sin against him, rebelling in the wilderness against the Most High.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:18 - They willfully put God to the test by demanding the food they craved.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:19 - They spoke against God; they said, “Can God really spread a table in the wilderness?
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:20 - True, he struck the rock, and water gushed out, streams flowed abundantly, but can he also give us bread? Can he supply meat for his people?”
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:21 - When the LORD heard them, he was furious; his fire broke out against Jacob, and his wrath rose against Israel,
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:22 - for they did not believe in God or trust in his deliverance.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:23 - Yet he gave a command to the skies above and opened the doors of the heavens;
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:24 - he rained down manna for the people to eat, he gave them the grain of heaven.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:25 - Human beings ate the bread of angels; he sent them all the food they could eat.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:26 - He let loose the east wind from the heavens and by his power made the south wind blow.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:27 - He rained meat down on them like dust, birds like sand on the seashore.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:28 - He made them come down inside their camp, all around their tents.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:29 - They ate till they were gorged— he had given them what they craved.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:30 - But before they turned from what they craved, even while the food was still in their mouths,
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:31 - God’s anger rose against them; he put to death the sturdiest among them, cutting down the young men of Israel.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:32 - In spite of all this, they kept on sinning; in spite of his wonders, they did not believe.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:33 - So he ended their days in futility and their years in terror.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:34 - Whenever God slew them, they would seek him; they eagerly turned to him again.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:35 - They remembered that God was their Rock, that God Most High was their Redeemer.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:36 - But then they would flatter him with their mouths, lying to him with their tongues;
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:37 - their hearts were not loyal to him, they were not faithful to his covenant.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:38 - Yet he was merciful; he forgave their iniquities and did not destroy them. Time after time he restrained his anger and did not stir up his full wrath.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:39 - He remembered that they were but flesh, a passing breeze that does not return.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:40 - How often they rebelled against him in the wilderness and grieved him in the wasteland!
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:41 - Again and again they put God to the test; they vexed the Holy One of Israel.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:42 - They did not remember his power— the day he redeemed them from the oppressor,
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:43 - the day he displayed his signs in Egypt, his wonders in the region of Zoan.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:44 - He turned their river into blood; they could not drink from their streams.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:45 - He sent swarms of flies that devoured them, and frogs that devastated them.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:46 - He gave their crops to the grasshopper, their produce to the locust.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:47 - He destroyed their vines with hail and their sycamore-figs with sleet.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:48 - He gave over their cattle to the hail, their livestock to bolts of lightning.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:49 - He unleashed against them his hot anger, his wrath, indignation and hostility— a band of destroying angels.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:50 - He prepared a path for his anger; he did not spare them from death but gave them over to the plague.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:51 - He struck down all the firstborn of Egypt, the firstfruits of manhood in the tents of Ham.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:52 - But he brought his people out like a flock; he led them like sheep through the wilderness.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:53 - He guided them safely, so they were unafraid; but the sea engulfed their enemies.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:54 - And so he brought them to the border of his holy land, to the hill country his right hand had taken.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:55 - He drove out nations before them and allotted their lands to them as an inheritance; he settled the tribes of Israel in their homes.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:56 - But they put God to the test and rebelled against the Most High; they did not keep his statutes.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:57 - Like their ancestors they were disloyal and faithless, as unreliable as a faulty bow.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:58 - They angered him with their high places; they aroused his jealousy with their idols.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:59 - When God heard them, he was furious; he rejected Israel completely.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:60 - He abandoned the tabernacle of Shiloh, the tent he had set up among humans.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:61 - He sent the ark of his might into captivity, his splendor into the hands of the enemy.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:62 - He gave his people over to the sword; he was furious with his inheritance.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:63 - Fire consumed their young men, and their young women had no wedding songs;
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:64 - their priests were put to the sword, and their widows could not weep.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:65 - Then the Lord awoke as from sleep, as a warrior wakes from the stupor of wine.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:66 - He beat back his enemies; he put them to everlasting shame.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:67 - Then he rejected the tents 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 loved.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:69 - He built his sanctuary like the heights, like the earth that he established forever.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:70 - He chose David his servant and took him from the sheep pens;
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:71 - from tending the sheep he brought him to be the shepherd of his people Jacob, of Israel his inheritance.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:72 - And David shepherded them with integrity of heart; with skillful hands he led them.
NIV Footnotes
Title: Probably a literary or musical term

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