Bible: Psalms 78

Psalm 78 1 

78:1 A well-written song 2  by Asaph.

Pay attention, my people, to my instruction!

Listen to the words I speak! 3 

78:2 I will sing a song that imparts wisdom;

I will make insightful observations about the past. 4 

78:3 What we have heard and learned 5 

that which our ancestors 6  have told us –

78:4 we will not hide from their 7  descendants.

We will tell the next generation

about the Lord’s praiseworthy acts, 8 

about his strength and the amazing things he has done.

78:5 He established a rule 9  in Jacob;

he set up a law in Israel.

He commanded our ancestors

to make his deeds known to their descendants, 10 

78:6 so that the next generation, children yet to be born,

might know about them.

They will grow up and tell their descendants about them. 11 

78:7 Then they will place their confidence in God.

They will not forget the works of God,

and they will obey 12  his commands.

78:8 Then they will not be like their ancestors,

who were a stubborn and rebellious generation,

a generation that was not committed

and faithful to God. 13 

78:9 The Ephraimites 14  were armed with bows, 15 

but they retreated in the day of battle. 16 

78:10 They did not keep their covenant with God, 17 

and they refused to obey 18  his law.

78:11 They forgot what he had done, 19 

the amazing things he had shown them.

78:12 He did amazing things in the sight of their ancestors,

in the land of Egypt, in the region of Zoan. 20 

78:13 He divided the sea and led them across it;

he made the water stand in a heap.

78:14 He led them with a cloud by day,

and with the light of a fire all night long.

78:15 He broke open rocks in the wilderness,

and gave them enough water to fill the depths of the sea. 21 

78:16 He caused streams to flow from the rock,

and made the water flow like rivers.

78:17 Yet they continued to sin against him,

and rebelled against the sovereign One 22  in the desert.

78:18 They willfully challenged God 23 

by asking for food to satisfy their appetite.

78:19 They insulted God, saying, 24 

“Is God really able to give us food 25  in the wilderness?

78:20 Yes, 26  he struck a rock and water flowed out,

streams gushed forth.

But can he also give us food?

Will he provide meat for his people?

78:21 When 27  the Lord heard this, he was furious.

A fire broke out against Jacob,

and his anger flared up 28  against Israel,

78:22 because they did not have faith in God,

and did not trust his ability to deliver them. 29 

78:23 He gave a command to the clouds above,

and opened the doors in the sky.

78:24 He rained down manna for them to eat;

he gave them the grain of heaven. 30 

78:25 Man ate the food of the mighty ones. 31 

He sent them more than enough to eat. 32 

78:26 He brought the east wind through the sky,

and by his strength led forth the south wind.

78:27 He rained down meat on them like dust,

birds as numerous as the sand on the seashores. 33 

78:28 He caused them to fall right in the middle of their camp,

all around their homes.

78:29 They ate until they were stuffed; 34 

he gave them what they desired.

78:30 They were not yet filled up, 35 

their food was still in their mouths,

78:31 when the anger of God flared up against them.

He killed some of the strongest of them;

he brought the young men of Israel to their knees.

78:32 Despite all this, they continued to sin,

and did not trust him to do amazing things. 36 

78:33 So he caused them to die unsatisfied 37 

and filled with terror. 38 

78:34 When he struck them down, 39  they sought his favor; 40 

they turned back and longed for God.

78:35 They remembered that God was their protector, 41 

and that the sovereign God was their deliverer. 42 

78:36 But they deceived him with their words, 43 

and lied to him. 44 

78:37 They were not really committed to him, 45 

and they were unfaithful to his covenant.

78:38 Yet he is compassionate.

He forgives sin and does not destroy.

He often holds back his anger,

and does not stir up his fury. 46 

78:39 He remembered 47  that they were made of flesh,

and were like a wind that blows past and does not return. 48 

78:40 How often they rebelled against him in the wilderness,

and insulted him 49  in the desert!

78:41 They again challenged God, 50 

and offended 51  the Holy One of Israel. 52 

78:42 They did not remember what he had done, 53 

how he delivered them from the enemy, 54 

78:43 when he performed his awesome deeds 55  in Egypt,

and his acts of judgment 56  in the region of Zoan.

78:44 He turned their rivers into blood,

and they could not drink from their streams.

78:45 He sent swarms of biting insects against them, 57 

as well as frogs that overran their land. 58 

78:46 He gave their crops to the grasshopper,

the fruit of their labor to the locust.

78:47 He destroyed their vines with hail,

and their sycamore-fig trees with driving rain.

78:48 He rained hail down on their cattle, 59 

and hurled lightning bolts down on their livestock. 60 

78:49 His raging anger lashed out against them, 61 

He sent fury, rage, and trouble

as messengers who bring disaster. 62 

78:50 He sent his anger in full force; 63 

he did not spare them from death;

he handed their lives over to destruction. 64 

78:51 He struck down all the firstborn in Egypt,

the firstfruits of their reproductive power 65  in the tents of Ham.

78:52 Yet he brought out his people like sheep;

he led them through the wilderness like a flock.

78:53 He guided them safely along,

while the sea covered their enemies.

78:54 He brought them to the border of his holy land,

to this mountainous land 66  which his right hand 67  acquired.

78:55 He drove the nations out from before them;

he assigned them their tribal allotments 68 

and allowed the tribes of Israel to settle down. 69 

78:56 Yet they challenged and defied 70  the sovereign God, 71 

and did not obey 72  his commands. 73 

78:57 They were unfaithful 74  and acted as treacherously as 75  their ancestors;

they were as unreliable as a malfunctioning bow. 76 

78:58 They made him angry with their pagan shrines, 77 

and made him jealous with their idols.

78:59 God heard and was angry;

he completely rejected Israel.

78:60 He abandoned 78  the sanctuary at Shiloh,

the tent where he lived among men.

78:61 He allowed the symbol of his strong presence to be captured; 79 

he gave the symbol of his splendor 80  into the hand of the enemy. 81 

78:62 He delivered his people over to the sword,

and was angry with his chosen nation. 82 

78:63 Fire consumed their 83  young men,

and their 84  virgins remained unmarried. 85 

78:64 Their 86  priests fell by the sword,

but their 87  widows did not weep. 88 

78:65 But then the Lord awoke from his sleep; 89 

he was like a warrior in a drunken rage. 90 

78:66 He drove his enemies back;

he made them a permanent target for insults. 91 

78:67 He rejected the tent of Joseph;

he did not choose the tribe of Ephraim.

78:68 He chose the tribe of Judah,

and Mount Zion, which he loves.

78:69 He made his sanctuary as enduring as the heavens above; 92 

as secure as the earth, which he established permanently. 93 

78:70 He chose David, his servant,

and took him from the sheepfolds.

78:71 He took him away from following the mother sheep, 94 

and made him the shepherd of Jacob, his people,

and of Israel, his chosen nation. 95 

78:72 David 96  cared for them with pure motives; 97 

he led them with skill. 98 

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