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Psalm 78:38-72

38Yet he, being compassionate,

atoned for their iniquity

and did not destroy them;

he restrained his anger often

and did not stir up all his wrath.

39He remembered that they were but flesh,

a wind that passes and comes not again.

40How often they rebelled against him in the wilderness

and grieved him in the desert!

41They tested God again and again

and provoked the Holy One of Israel.

42They did not remember his power5

or the day when he redeemed them from the foe,

43when he performed his signs in Egypt

and his marvels in the fields of Zoan.

44He turned their rivers to blood,

so that they could not drink of their streams.

45He sent among them swarms of flies, which devoured them,

and frogs, which destroyed them.

46He gave their crops to the destroying locust

and the fruit of their labor to the locust.

47He destroyed their vines with hail

and their sycamores with frost.

48He gave over their cattle to the hail

and their flocks to thunderbolts.

49He let loose on them his burning anger,

wrath, indignation, and distress,

a company of destroying angels.

50He made a path for his anger;

he did not spare them from death,

but gave their lives over to the plague.

51He struck down every firstborn in Egypt,

the firstfruits of their strength in the tents of Ham.

52Then he led out his people like sheep

and guided them in the wilderness like a flock.

53He led them in safety, so that they were not afraid,

but the sea overwhelmed their enemies.

54And he brought them to his holy land,

to the mountain which his right hand had won.

55He drove out nations before them;

he apportioned them for a possession

and settled the tribes of Israel in their tents.

56Yet they tested and rebelled against the Most High God

and did not keep his testimonies,

57but turned away and acted treacherously like their fathers;

they twisted like a deceitful bow.

58For they provoked him to anger with their high places;

they moved him to jealousy with their idols.

59When God heard, he was full of wrath,

and he utterly rejected Israel.

60He forsook his dwelling at Shiloh,

the tent where he dwelt among mankind,

61and delivered his power to captivity,

his glory to the hand of the foe.

62He gave his people over to the sword

and vented his wrath on his heritage.

63Fire devoured their young men,

and their young women had no marriage song.

64Their priests fell by the sword,

and their widows made no lamentation.

65Then the Lord awoke as from sleep,

like a strong man shouting because of wine.

66And he put his adversaries to rout;

he put them to everlasting shame.

67He rejected the tent of Joseph;

he did not choose the tribe of Ephraim,

68but he chose the tribe of Judah,

Mount Zion, which he loves.

69He built his sanctuary like the high heavens,

like the earth, which he has founded forever.

70He chose David his servant

and took him from the sheepfolds;

71from following the nursing ewes he brought him

to shepherd Jacob his people,

Israel his inheritance.

72With upright heart he shepherded them

and guided them with his skillful hand.

Footnotes

  • 5 78:42 Hebrew hand