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Psalms 78

An exhortation both to learn and to preach the Law of God.

Psalms 78:1 {A Psalme to giue instruction comitted to Asaph.} Heare my doctrine, O my people: incline your eares vnto the wordes of my mouth. Psalms 78:2 I will open my mouth in a parable: I will declare high sentences of olde. Psalms 78:3 Which we haue heard and knowen, & our fathers haue tolde vs. Psalms 78:4 Wee will not hide them from their children but to the generation to come we wil shewe the praises of the Lord his power also, & his wonderful woorkes that he hath done: Psalms 78:5 How he established a testimonie in Iaakob, and ordeined a Law in Israel, which he commaunded our fathers, that they shoulde teache their children: Psalms 78:6 That the posteritie might knowe it, and the children, which should be borne, should stand vp, and declare it to their children: Psalms 78:7 That they might set their hope on God, and not forget the workes of God but keepe his commandements: Psalms 78:8 And not to bee as their fathers, a disobedient & rebellious generation: a generation that set not their heart aright, and whose spirite was not faithfull vnto God.

The story of God's wrath against the incredulous and disobedient.

Psalms 78:9 The children of Ephraim being armed and shooting with the bowe, turned backe in the day of battell. Psalms 78:10 They kept not the couenant of God, but refused to walke in his Lawe, Psalms 78:11 And forgate his Actes, and his wonderfull woorkes that he had shewed them. Psalms 78:12 Hee did marueilous thinges in the sight of their fathers in the lande of Egypt: euen in the fielde of Zoan. Psalms 78:13 He deuided the Sea, & led them through: he made also the waters to stand as an heape. Psalms 78:14 In the day time also hee led them with a cloude, and all the night with a light of fire. Psalms 78:15 He claue the rockes in the wildernes, and gaue them drinke as of the great depths. Psalms 78:16 He brought floods also out of the stonie rocke; so that hee made the waters to descend like the riuers. Psalms 78:17 Yet they sinned stil against him, and prouoked the Highest in the wildernesse, Psalms 78:18 And tempted God in their heartes in requiring meate for their lust. Psalms 78:19 They spake against God also, saying, Can God prepare a table in the wildernesse? Psalms 78:20 Behold, he smote the rocke, that the water gushed out, and the streames ouerflowed: can hee giue bread also? or prepare flesh for his people? Psalms 78:21 Therefore the Lord heard and was angrie, and the fire was kindled in Iaakob, & also wrath came vpon Israel, Psalms 78:22 Because they beleeued not in God, and trusted not in his helpe. Psalms 78:23 Yet he had comanded the clouds aboue, and had opened the doores of heauen, Psalms 78:24 And had rained downe MAN vpon them for to eate, and had giuen them of the wheate of heauen. Psalms 78:25 Man did eate the bread of Angels: hee sent them meate ynough. Psalms 78:26 He caused the Eastwinde to passe in the heauen, and through his power he brought in the Southwinde. Psalms 78:27 Hee rained flesh also vpon them as dust, and feathered foule as the sand of the sea. Psalms 78:28 And hee made it fall in the middes of their campe euen round about their habitations. Psalms 78:29 So they did eate and were well filled: for he gaue them their desire. Psalms 78:30 They were not turned from their lust, but the meate was yet in their mouthes, Psalms 78:31 When the wrath of God came euen vpon them, and slew the strongest of them, and smote downe the chosen men in Israel. Psalms 78:32 For all this, they sinned stil, and beleeued not his wonderous woorkes. Psalms 78:33 Therefore their daies did hee consume in vanitie, and their yeeres hastily. Psalms 78:34 And when hee slewe them, they sought him and they returned, and sought God earely. Psalms 78:35 And they remembred that God was their strength, and the most high God their redeemer. Psalms 78:36 But they flattered him with their mouth, and dissembled with him with their tongue. Psalms 78:37 For their heart was not vpright with him: neither were they faithfull in his couenant. Psalms 78:38 Yet he being merciful forgaue their iniquitie, & destroied them not, but oft times called backe his anger, & did not stirre vp all his wrath. Psalms 78:39 For he remebred that they were flesh: yea, a winde that passeth and commeth not againe. Psalms 78:40 How oft did they prouoke him in the wildernes? and grieue him in the desert? Psalms 78:41 Yea, they returned, & tempted God, and limited the Holie one of Israel. Psalms 78:42 They remebred not his hand, nor the day when he deliuered them from the enemie, Psalms 78:43 Nor him that set his signes in Egypt, and his wonders in the fielde of Zoan, Psalms 78:44 And turned their riuers into blood, & their floods, that they could not drinke. Psalms 78:45 Hee sent a swarme of flies among them, which deuoured them, and frogs, which destroyed them. Psalms 78:46 He gaue also their fruites vnto the caterpiller, and their labour vnto the grassehopper. Psalms 78:47 He destroied their vines with haile, & their wilde figge trees with the hailestone. Psalms 78:48 He gaue their cattell also to the haile, and their flockes to the thunderboltes. Psalms 78:49 Hee cast vpon them the fiercenesse of his anger, indignation and wrath, and vexation by the sending out of euill Angels. Psalms 78:50 He made a way to his anger: he spared not their soule from death, but gaue their life to the pestilence, Psalms 78:51 And smote al the firstborne in Egypt, euen the beginning of their strength in the tabernacles of Ham. Psalms 78:52 But hee made his people to goe out like sheepe, & led them in the wildernes like a flocke. Psalms 78:53 Yea, he caried them out safely, and they feared not, and the Sea couered their enemies. Psalms 78:54 And he brought them vnto the borders of his Sanctuarie: euen to this Mountaine, which his right hand purchased. Psalms 78:55 He cast out the heathe also before them, and caused them to fall to the lot of his inheritance, and made the tribes of Israel to dwell in their tabernacles. Psalms 78:56 Yet they tempted, and prouoked the most high God, and kept not his testimonies, Psalms 78:57 But turned backe & delt falsely like their fathers: they turned like a deceitfull bowe. Psalms 78:58 And they prouoked him to anger with their high places, and mooued him to wrath with their grauen images. Psalms 78:59 God heard this and was wroth, and greatly abhorred Israel, Psalms 78:60 So that hee forsooke the habitation of Shilo, euen the Tabernacle where hee dwelt among men, Psalms 78:61 And deliuered his power into captiuitie, and his beautie into the enemies hand. Psalms 78:62 And hee gaue vp his people to the sworde, and was angrie with his inheritance. Psalms 78:63 The fire deuoured their chosen men, and their maides were not praised. Psalms 78:64 Their Priestes fell by the sworde, and their widowes lamented not. Psalms 78:65 But the Lord awaked as one out of sleepe, & as a strong man that after his wine crieth out, Psalms 78:66 And smote his enemies in the hinder parts, and put them to a perpetuall shame.

The Israelites being rejected, God chose Judah, Zion, and David.

Psalms 78:67 Yet he refused the tabernacle of Ioseph, and chose not the tribe of Ephraim: Psalms 78:68 But chose the tribe of Iudah, and mount Zion which he loued. Psalms 78:69 And he built his Sanctuarie as an high palace, like the earth, which he stablished for euer. Psalms 78:70 He chose Dauid also his seruant, and tooke him from the shepefolds. Psalms 78:71 Euen from behinde the ewes with yong brought he him to feede his people in Iaakob, and his inheritance in Israel. Psalms 78:72 So he fed them according to the simplicitie of his heart, and guided them by the discretion of his hands.

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