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Psalm 78 :: Revised Standard Version (RSV)

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A Maskil 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 which he has wrought.

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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 E'phraimites, armed with 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 what he had done, and the miracles that he had shown them.

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In the sight of their fathers he wrought marvels in the land of Egypt, in the fields of Zo'an.

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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 cleft 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 smote 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 mounted against Israel;

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because they had no faith 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 upon 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 flesh upon 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 habitations.

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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 sated their craving, while the food was still in their mouths,

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the anger of God rose against them and he slew the strongest of them, and laid low the picked 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 a breath, and their years in terror.

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When he slew them, they sought for 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 true to his covenant.

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Yet he, being compassionate, forgave 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 him again and again, and provoked the Holy One of Israel.

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They did not keep in mind his power, or the day when he redeemed them from the foe;

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when he wrought his signs in Egypt, and his miracles in the fields of Zo'an.

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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 caterpillar, 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 fierce 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 smote all the first-born in Egypt, the first issue of their strength in the tents of Ham.

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Then he led forth 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 observe 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 graven images.

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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 men,

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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 maidens 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 E'phraim;

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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 for ever.

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

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from tending the ewes that had young he brought him to be the shepherd of Jacob his people, of Israel his inheritance.

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With upright heart he tended them, and guided them with skilful hand.
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