An exhortation both to learn and to preach the Law of God.
Psalms 78:1 Heare my lawe (o my people) encline yor eares vnto ye wordes of my mouth. Psalms 78:2 I wil open my mouth in parables, and speake of thinges of olde. Psalms 78:3 Which we haue herde and knowne, and soch as oure fathers haue tolde vs. Psalms 78:4 That we shulde not hyde them from the children of the generacions to come: but to shewe the honoure of the LORDE, his might and wonderfull workes that he hath done. Psalms 78:5 He made a couenaunt with Iacob, and gaue Israel a lawe, which he comaunded oure forefathers to teach their children. Psalms 78:6 That their posterite might knowe it, and the children which were yet vnborne. Psalms 78:7 To the intent yt when they came vp, they might shewe their children the same. Psalms 78:8 That they also might put their trust in God, & not to forget what he had done, but to kepe his comaundementes.
The story of God's wrath against the incredulous and disobedient.
Psalms 78:9 And not to be as their forefathers, a frowarde and ouerthwarte generacion, a generacion that set not their herte a right, and whose sprete was not true towarde God. Psalms 78:10 Like as the children of Ephraim, which beynge harnessed and carienge bowes, turned them selues backe in the tyme of battayll. Psalms 78:11 They kepte not the couenaut of God, & wolde not walke in his lawe. Psalms 78:12 They forgat what he had done, and the wonderfull workes that he had shewed for them. Psalms 78:13 Maruelous thinges dyd he in the sight of their fathers in the londe of Egipte, euen in the felde of Zoan. Psalms 78:14 He deuyded the see and let them go thorow it, and made the waters to stonde like a wall. Psalms 78:15 In the daye tyme he led them with a cloude, and all the night thorow with a light of fyre. Psalms 78:16 He cloaue the hard rockes in the wildernesse, and gaue them drynke therof, as it had bene out of the greate deapth. Psalms 78:17 He brought waters out of the stony rocke, so that they gusshed out like the ryuers. Psalms 78:18 Yet for all this they synned agaynst him, and prouoked the most hyest in the wildernesse. Psalms 78:19 They tempted God in their hertes, and requyred meate for their lust, Psalms 78:20 For they spake agaynst God and sayde: Yee yee, God shal prepare a table in the wyldernesse, shall he? Psalms 78:21 Lo, he smote the stony rocke, that the watery streames gusshed out, and the streames flowed withall: but how can he geue bred and prouyde flesh for his people? Psalms 78:22 When the LORDE herde this, he was wroth: so the fyre was kyndled in Iacob, and heuy displeasure agaynst Israel. Psalms 78:23 Because they beleued not in God, and put not their trust in his helpe. Psalms 78:24 So he commauded the cloudes aboue, and opened the dores of heauen. Psalms 78:25 He rayned downe Manna vpo them for to eate, and gaue them bred from heauen. Psalms 78:26 Then ate they angels fode, for he sent them meate ynough. Psalms 78:27 He caused the east wynde to blowe vnder the heauen, and thorow his power he brought in the south wynde. Psalms 78:28 He made flesh to rayne vpon them as thicke as dust, and fethered foules like the sonde of ye see. Psalms 78:29 He let it fall amoge their tetes roude aboute their habitacios. Psalms 78:30 So they ate & were fylled, for he gaue them their owne desyre. They were not dispoynted of their lust. Psalms 78:31 But whyle ye meate was yet in theyr mouthes: The heuy wrath of God came vpo the, slewe ye welthiest of the, & smote downe ye chosen men of Israel. Psalms 78:32 But for all this they synned yet more, and beleued not his woderous workes. Psalms 78:33 Therfore their dayes were consumed in vanite, and sodenly their yeares were gone. Psalms 78:34 When he slewe them, they sought him, and turned them early vnto God. Psalms 78:35 They thought then that God was their socoure, and that the hye God was their redemer. Psalms 78:36 Neuerthelesse, they dyd but flater him in their mouthes, and dissembled with him in their tonges. Psalms 78:37 For their herte was not whole with him, nether continued they in his couenaunt. Psalms 78:38 But he was so mercifull, that he forgaue their mysdedes, and destroyed them not: Psalms 78:39 Yee many a tyme turned he his wrath awaye, and wolde not suffre his whole displeasure to aryse. Psalms 78:40 For he considered yt they were but flesh: euen a wynde that passeth awaye, and commeth not agayne. Psalms 78:41 O how oft haue they greued him in the wildernesse? How many a tyme haue they prouoked him in the deserte? Psalms 78:42 They turned backe & tempted God, and moued the holy one in Israel. Psalms 78:43 They thought not of his hade, in ye daye when he delyuered them from the hande of ye enemie. Psalms 78:44 How he had wrought his miracles in Egipte, and his woders in the londe of Zoan. Psalms 78:45 How he turned their waters in to bloude, so that they might not drynke of the ryuers. Psalms 78:46 How he sent lyse amonge them, to eate them vp, and frogges to destroye them. Psalms 78:47 How he gaue their frutes vnto the catirpiller, and their laboure vnto the greshopper. Psalms 78:48 How he bett downe their vynyardes with hayle stones, and their Molbery trees with the frost. Psalms 78:49 How he smote their catell with haylestones, and their flockes with hote thoder boltes. Psalms 78:50 How he sent vpon them ye furiousnesse of his wrath, anger & displeasure: with trouble and fallinge in of euel angels. Psalms 78:51 When he made a waye to his fearfull indignacio, and spared not their soules from death, yee and gaue their catell ouer to the pestilence. Psalms 78:52 When he smote all the firstborne in Egipte, the most principall and mightiest in ye dwellinges of Ham. Psalms 78:53 But as for his owne people, he led them forth like shepe, and caried them in the wyldernesse like a flocke. Psalms 78:54 He brought them out safely, that they shulde not feare, and ouerwhelmed their enemies with the see. Psalms 78:55 He caried them vnto the borders of his Sanctuary: euen in to this hill, which he purchased with his right hande. Psalms 78:56 He dyd cast out the Heithen before them, caused their londe to be deuyded amonge them for an heretage, and made ye tribes of Israel to dwell in their tetes. Psalms 78:57 For all this they tempted and displeased the most hye God, and kepte not his couenaunt. Psalms 78:58 But turned their backes and fell awaye like their forefathers, startinge asyde like a broken bowe. Psalms 78:59 And so they greued him with their hie places, & prouoked him with their ymages. Psalms 78:60 When God herde this, he was wroth, and toke sore displeasure at Israel. Psalms 78:61 So that he forsoke the tabernacle in Silo, euen his habitacion wherin he dwelt amonge men. Psalms 78:62 He delyuered their power in to captiuyte, and their glory in to the enemies hode. Psalms 78:63 He gaue his people ouer in to the swerde, for he was wroth with his heretage. Psalms 78:64 The fyre consumed their yonge men, and their maydes were not geuen to mariage. Psalms 78:65 Their prestes were slayne with the swerde, and there were no wyddowes to make lamentacion. Psalms 78:66 So the LORDE awaked as one out of slepe, and like a giaunte refreshed with wyne.
The Israelites being rejected, God chose Judah, Zion, and David.
Psalms 78:67 He smote his enemies in ye hynder partes, and put them to a perpetuall shame. Psalms 78:68 He refused the tabernacle of Ioseph, and chose not the trybe of Ephraim. Psalms 78:69 Neuerthelesse, he chose ye trybe of Iuda, eue the hill of Sion which he loued. Psalms 78:70 And there he buylded his temple on hye, and layed ye foundacion of it like ye grounde, that it might perpetually endure. Psalms 78:71 He chose Dauid also his seruaut, and toke him awaye from the shepe foldes. Psalms 78:72 As he was folowinge the yowes greate with yonge, he toke him, that he might fede Iacob his people, and Israel his enheritaunce. So he fed them with a faithfull and true hert, and ruled them with all ye diligence of his power.