1: Maschil of Asaph. Give ear, O my people, [to] my law: incline your ear to the words of my mouth. 2: I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of old: 3: Which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us. 4: We will not hide [them] from their children, showing to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, and his strength, and his wonderful works that he hath done. 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: 6: That the generation to come might know [them], [even] the children [who] should be born; [who] should arise and declare [them] to their children: 7: That they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments: 8: And might not be as their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation; a generation [that] set not their heart aright, and whose spirit was not steadfast with God. 9: The children of Ephraim, [being] armed, [and] carrying bows, turned back in the day of battle. 10: They kept not the covenant of God, and refused to walk in his law; 11: And forgot his works, and his wonders that he had shown them. 12: Marvelous things did he in the sight of their fathers, in the land of Egypt, [in] the field of Zoan. 13: He divided the sea, and caused them to pass through; and he made the waters to stand as a heap. 14: In the day-time also he led them with a cloud, and all the night with a light of fire. 15: He cleaved the rocks in the wilderness, and gave [them] drink as [out of] the great depths. 16: He brought streams also out of the rock, and caused waters to run down like rivers. 17: And they sinned yet more against him by provoking the Most High in the wilderness. 18: And they tempted God in their heart by asking food for their desire. 19: Yes, they spoke against God; they said, Can God furnish a table in the wilderness? 20: Behold, he smote the rock, that the waters gushed out, and the streams overflowed; can he give bread also? can he provide flesh for his people? 21: Therefore the LORD heard [this], and was wroth: so a fire was kindled against Jacob, and anger also came up against Israel; 22: Because they believed not in God, and trusted not in his salvation: 23: Though he had commanded the clouds from above, and opened the doors of heaven, 24: And had rained down manna upon them to eat, and had given them of the corn of heaven. 25: Man ate angels' food: he sent them food to the full. 26: He caused an east wind to blow in the heaven: and by his power he brought in the south wind. 27: He rained flesh also upon them as dust, and feathered fowls like as the sand of the sea: 28: And he let [it] fall in the midst of their camp, around their habitations. 29: So they ate, and were well filled: for he gave them their own desire; 30: They were not estranged from their desire: but while their meat [was] yet in their mouths, 31: The wrath of God came upon them, and slew the fattest of them, and smote down the chosen [men] of Israel. 32: For all this they sinned still, and believed not for his wondrous works. 33: Therefore their days did he consume in vanity, and their years in trouble. 34: When he slew them, then they sought him: and they returned and inquired early after God. 35: And they remembered that God [was] their rock, and the high God their redeemer. 36: Nevertheless they flattered him with their mouth, and they lied to him with their tongues. 37: For their heart was not right with him, neither were they steadfast in his covenant. 38: But he, [being] full of compassion, forgave [their] iniquity, and destroyed [them] not: yes, many a time he turned his anger away, and did not stir up all his wrath. 39: For he remembered that they [were but] flesh; a wind that passeth away, and cometh not again. 40: How oft did they provoke him in the wilderness, [and] grieve him in the desert! 41: Yes, they turned back and tempted God, and limited the Holy One of Israel. 42: They remembered not his hand, [nor] the day when he delivered them from the enemy. 43: How he had wrought his signs in Egypt, and his wonders in the field of Zoan: 44: And had turned their rivers into blood; and their floods, that they could not drink. 45: He sent divers sorts of flies among them, which devoured them; and frogs, which destroyed them. 46: He gave also their increase to the caterpillar, and their labor to the locust. 47: He destroyed their vines with hail, and their sycamore trees with frost. 48: He gave up their cattle also to the hail, and their flocks to hot thunderbolts. 49: He cast upon them the fierceness of his anger, wrath, and indignation, and trouble, by sending evil angels [among them]. 50: He made a way to his anger; he spared not their soul from death, but gave their life over to the pestilence; 51: And smote all the first-born in Egypt; the chief of [their] strength in the tabernacles of Ham: 52: But made his own people to go forth like sheep, and guided them in the wilderness like a flock. 53: And he led them on safely, so that they feared not: but the sea overwhelmed their enemies. 54: And he brought them to the border of his sanctuary, [even to] this mountain, [which] his right hand had purchased. 55: He cast out the heathen also before them, and divided them an inheritance by line, and made the tribes of Israel to dwell in their tents. 56: Yet they tempted and provoked the most high God, and kept not his testimonies: 57: But turned back, and dealt unfaithfully like their fathers: they were turned aside like a deceitful bow. 58: For they provoked him to anger with their high places, and moved him to jealousy with their graven images. 59: When God heard [this], he was wroth, and greatly abhorred Israel: 60: So that he forsook the tabernacle of Shiloh, the tent [which] he placed among men; 61: And delivered his strength into captivity, and his glory into the enemy's hand. 62: He gave over his people also to the sword; and was wroth with his inheritance. 63: The fire consumed their young men; and their maidens were not given to marriage. 64: Their priests fell by the sword; and their widows made no lamentation. 65: Then the Lord awaked as one out of sleep, [and] like a mighty man that shouteth by reason of wine. 66: And he smote his enemies in the hinder part: he put them to a perpetual reproach. 67: Moreover he refused the tabernacle of Joseph, and chose not the tribe of Ephraim: 68: But chose the tribe of Judah, the mount Zion which he loved. 69: And he built his sanctuary like high [palaces], like the earth which he hath established for ever. 70: He chose David also his servant, and took him from the sheep-folds: 71: From following the ewes great with young he brought him to feed Jacob his people, and Israel his inheritance. 72: So he fed them according to the integrity of his heart; and guided them by the skillfulness of his hands.