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Psalm 78:1-37

Tell the Coming Generation

A Maskil1 of Asaph.

1Give ear, O my people, to my teaching;

incline your ears to the words of my mouth!

2I will open my mouth in a parable;

I will utter dark sayings from of old,

3things that we have heard and known,

that our fathers have told us.

4We 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 that he has done.

5He established a testimony in Jacob

and appointed a law in Israel,

which he commanded our fathers

to teach to their children,

6that the next generation might know them,

the children yet unborn,

and arise and tell them to their children,

7so that they should set their hope in God

and not forget the works of God,

but keep his commandments;

8and 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.

9The Ephraimites, armed with2 the bow,

turned back on the day of battle.

10They did not keep God's covenant,

but refused to walk according to his law.

11They forgot his works

and the wonders that he had shown them.

12In the sight of their fathers he performed wonders

in the land of Egypt, in the fields of Zoan.

13He divided the sea and let them pass through it,

and made the waters stand like a heap.

14In the daytime he led them with a cloud,

and all the night with a fiery light.

15He split rocks in the wilderness

and gave them drink abundantly as from the deep.

16He made streams come out of the rock

and caused waters to flow down like rivers.

17Yet they sinned still more against him,

rebelling against the Most High in the desert.

18They tested God in their heart

by demanding the food they craved.

19They spoke against God, saying,

“Can God spread a table in the wilderness?

20He struck the rock so that water gushed out

and streams overflowed.

Can he also give bread

or provide meat for his people?”

21Therefore, when the Lord heard, he was full of wrath;

a fire was kindled against Jacob;

his anger rose against Israel,

22because they did not believe in God

and did not trust his saving power.

23Yet he commanded the skies above

and opened the doors of heaven,

24and he rained down on them manna to eat

and gave them the grain of heaven.

25Man ate of the bread of the angels;

he sent them food in abundance.

26He caused the east wind to blow in the heavens,

and by his power he led out the south wind;

27he rained meat on them like dust,

winged birds like the sand of the seas;

28he let them fall in the midst of their camp,

all around their dwellings.

29And they ate and were well filled,

for he gave them what they craved.

30But before they had satisfied their craving,

while the food was still in their mouths,

31the anger of God rose against them,

and he killed the strongest of them

and laid low the young men of Israel.

32In spite of all this, they still sinned;

despite his wonders, they did not believe.

33So he made their days vanish like3 a breath,4

and their years in terror.

34When he killed them, they sought him;

they repented and sought God earnestly.

35They remembered that God was their rock,

the Most High God their redeemer.

36But they flattered him with their mouths;

they lied to him with their tongues.

37Their heart was not steadfast toward him;

they were not faithful to his covenant.

Footnotes

  • 1 78:1 Probably a musical or liturgical term
  • 2 78:9 Hebrew armed and shooting
  • 3 78:33 Hebrew in
  • 4 78:33 Or vapor