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Psalms, Chapter 78
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   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.

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