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Psalm 78 :: New King James Version (NKJV)

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God’s Kindness to Rebellious Israel
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:1 - A Contemplation[fn] of Asaph.

Give ear, O my people, to my law;
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 hide them from their children,
Telling to the generation to come the praises of the LORD,
And His strength and His wonderful 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 make them known to their children;
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:6 - That the generation to come might know them,
The children who would be born,
That they may arise and declare them to their children,
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:7 - That they may set their hope in God,
And not forget the works of God,
But keep His commandments;
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:8 - And may not be like their fathers,
A stubborn and rebellious generation,
A generation that did not set its heart aright,
And whose spirit was not faithful to God.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:9 - The children of Ephraim, being armed and carrying bows,
Turned back in the day of battle.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:10 - They did not keep the covenant of God;
They refused to walk in His law,
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:11 - And forgot His works
And His wonders that He had shown them.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:12 - Marvelous things He did in the sight of 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 - In the daytime also He led them with the cloud,
And all the night with a light of fire.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:15 - He split the rocks in the wilderness,
And gave them drink in abundance like the depths.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:16 - He also brought streams out of the rock,
And caused waters to run down like rivers.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:17 - But they sinned even more against Him
By rebelling against the Most High in the wilderness.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:18 - And they tested God in their heart
By asking for the food of their fancy.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:19 - Yes, 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 the waters gushed out,
And the streams overflowed.
Can He give bread also?
Can He provide meat for His people?”
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:21 - Therefore the LORD heard this and was furious;
So a fire was kindled against Jacob,
And anger also came up 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 had commanded the clouds above,
And opened the doors of heaven,
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:24 - Had rained down manna on them to eat,
And given them of the bread of heaven.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:25 - Men ate angels’ food;
He sent them food to the full.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:26 - He caused an east wind to blow in the heavens;
And by His power He brought in the south wind.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:27 - He also rained meat on them like the dust,
Feathered fowl like the sand of the seas;
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:28 - And He let them fall in the midst of their camp,
All around their dwellings.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:29 - So they ate and were well filled,
For He gave them their own desire.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:30 - They were not deprived of their craving;
But while their food was still in their mouths,
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:31 - The wrath of God came against them,
And slew the stoutest of them,
And struck down the choice men of Israel.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:32 - In spite of this they still sinned,
And did not believe in His wondrous works.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:33 - Therefore their days He consumed in futility,
And their years in fear.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:34 - When He slew them, then they sought Him;
And they returned and sought earnestly for God.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:35 - Then they remembered that God was their rock,
And the Most High God their Redeemer.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:36 - Nevertheless they flattered Him with their mouth,
And they lied to Him with their tongue;
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:37 - For their heart was not steadfast with Him,
Nor were they faithful in His covenant.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:38 - But He, being full of compassion, forgave their iniquity,
And did not destroy them.
Yes, many a time He turned His anger away,
And did not stir up all His wrath;
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:39 - For He remembered that they were but flesh,
A breath that passes away and does not come again.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:40 - How often they provoked Him in the wilderness,
And grieved Him in the desert!
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:41 - Yes, again and again they tempted God,
And limited the Holy One of Israel.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:42 - They did not remember His power:
The day when He redeemed them from the enemy,
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:43 - When He worked His signs in Egypt,
And His wonders in the field of Zoan;
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:44 - Turned their rivers into blood,
And their streams, that they could not drink.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:45 - He sent swarms of flies among them, which devoured them,
And frogs, which destroyed them.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:46 - He also gave their crops to the caterpillar,
And their labor to the locust.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:47 - He destroyed their vines with hail,
And their sycamore trees with frost.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:48 - He also gave up their cattle to the hail,
And their flocks to fiery lightning.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:49 - He cast on them the fierceness of His anger,
Wrath, indignation, and trouble,
By sending angels of destruction among them.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:50 - He made a path for His anger;
He did not spare their soul from death,
But gave their life over to the plague,
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:51 - And destroyed all the firstborn in Egypt,
The first of their strength in the tents of Ham.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:52 - But He made His own people go forth like sheep,
And guided them in the wilderness like a flock;
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:53 - And He led them on safely, so that they did not fear;
But the sea overwhelmed their enemies.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:54 - And He brought them to His holy border,
This mountain which His right hand had acquired.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:55 - He also drove out the nations before them,
Allotted them an inheritance by survey,
And made the tribes of Israel dwell in their tents.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:56 - Yet they tested and provoked the Most High God,
And did not keep His testimonies,
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:57 - But turned back and acted unfaithfully like their fathers;
They were turned aside like a deceitful bow.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:58 - For they provoked Him to anger with their high places,
And moved Him to jealousy with their carved images.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:59 - When God heard this, He was furious,
And greatly abhorred Israel,
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:60 - So that He forsook the tabernacle of Shiloh,
The tent He had placed among men,
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:61 - And delivered His strength into captivity,
And His glory into the enemy’s hand.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:62 - He also gave His people over to the sword,
And was furious with His inheritance.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:63 - The fire consumed their young men,
And their maidens were not given in marriage.
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 mighty man who shouts because of wine.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:66 - And He beat back His enemies;
He put them to a perpetual reproach.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:67 - Moreover He 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 established forever.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:70 - He also chose David His servant,
And took him from the sheepfolds;
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:71 - From following the ewes that had young 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 by the skillfulness of his hands.
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