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Psalms 78

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

Psalms 78:1 {An instruccyon of Asaph.} Heare my lawe, O my people, enclyne youre eares vnto the wordes of my mouth. Psalms 78:2 I wyll open my mouth in a parable, I wyll declare hard sentences of olde. Psalms 78:3 Whych we haue herde and knowne, and soche as oure fathers haue tolde vs. Psalms 78:4 That we shulde not hyde them from the chyldren of the generacyons to come: but to shewe the honour of the Lorde, hys might, and wonderfull workes that he hath done. Psalms 78:5 He made a couenaunt with Iacob, and gaue Israel a lawe which he commaunded oure forefathers to teache their children. Psalms 78:6 That their posterite myght knowe it, and the children which were yet vnborne. Psalms 78:7 To thintent that when they came vp, they myght shewe their chyldren the same. Psalms 78:8 That they myght put their trust in God, and not to forget the workes of God, but to kepe his commaundementes.

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

Psalms 78:9 And not to be as their forefathers a faythlesse & stubburne generacyon, a generacyon that set not their herte a ryght, and whose sprete cleued not stedfastly vnto God. Psalms 78:10 Lyke as the chyldren of Ephraim, which beyng harnessed and caryeng bowes, turned them selues backe in the daye of batayll. Psalms 78:11 They kepte not the couenaunt of God, and wolde not walke in hys lawe. Psalms 78:12 But forgat what he had done, and the wonderfull worckes that he had shewed for them. Psalms 78:13 Maruelous thynges dyd he in the syght of oure fathers in the lande of Egypte, euen in the felde of Zoan. Psalms 78:14 He deuyded the see, and let them go thorow: he made þe waters to stande on a heape. Psalms 78:15 In the daye tyme also he led them wyth a cloude, and all the nyght thorow wt a light of fyre. Psalms 78:16 He cloaue the hard rockes in the wyldernesse, and gaue them drincke therof, as it had bene out of the greate deapth. Psalms 78:17 He brought waters out of the stony rocke, so that it gusshed out lyke the ryuers. Psalms 78:18 Yet for all this they synned more agaynst hym, and prouoked the moost hyest in the wyldernes. Psalms 78:19 They tempted God in theyr hertes, and requyred meate for theyr lust. Psalms 78:20 They spake agaynst God also sayenge: Shall God prepare a table in the wildernesse? Psalms 78:21 He smote the stony rocke in dede, that the water gushed out, and the streames flowed withall: but can he geue bred also, or prouyde flesh for his people? Psalms 78:22 When þe Lord hearde thys, he was wroth: so the fyre was kyndled in Iacob, & ther came vp heuy dyspleasure agaynst Israel. Psalms 78:23 Because they beleued not in God, and put not their truste in his helpe. Psalms 78:24 So he commaunded the cloudes aboue, and opened the dores of heauen. Psalms 78:25 He rayned downe Manna also vpon them, for to eate, and gaue them foode from heauen. Psalms 78:26 So man dyd eate angels fode, for he sent them meate ynough. Psalms 78:27 He caused the East wynd to blowe vnder the heauen, and thorow his power he brought in þe south west wynde. Psalms 78:28 He rayned flesh vpon them as thicke as dust, and fethered foules lyke as the sande of the see. Psalms 78:29 He let it fall amonge their tentes euen rounde aboute their habytacyon. Psalms 78:30 So they dyd eate, and were well fylled, for he gaue them their awne desyre. They were not disapoynted of their lust. Psalms 78:31 But whyle the meate was yet in theyr mouthes: the heuy wrath of God came vpon them, & slewe the welthiest of them, yee, and smote downe, the chosen men that were in Israel. Psalms 78:32 But for all this they synned yet more, and beleued not hys wonderous worckes. Psalms 78:33 Therfore, their dayes dyd he consume in vanyte, and their yeares in trouble. Psalms 78:34 When he slewe them, they sought hym, and turned them early and enquered after God. Psalms 78:35 And they remembred that God was their strength, and that the hye God was their redemer. Psalms 78:36 Neuerthelesse, they dyd but flatter hym wyth their mouth, and dyssembled with him in their tonge. Psalms 78:37 For their herte was not whole wyth hym, nether contynued they stedfast in hys couenaunt. Psalms 78:38 But he was so mercyfull, that he forgaue theyr mysdedes, and destroyed them not. Psalms 78:39 Yee, many a tyme turned he hys wrath awaye, and wolde not suffre is whole dyspleasure to aryse. Psalms 78:40 For he consydered that they were but flesh: and that they were, euen a wynde that passeth awaye, and commeth not agayne. Psalms 78:41 Many a tyme dyd they prouoke him in the wyldernesse, and greued him in the deserte. Psalms 78:42 They turned backe, & tempted God, & moued the holy one in Israel. Psalms 78:43 They thought not of hys hand, and of the daye when he delyuered them from the hande of the enemye. Psalms 78:44 How he had wrought hys myracles in Egypte, and his wondres in the felde of Zoan. Psalms 78:45 He turned their waters into bloude, so that they myght not dryncke of the ryuers. Psalms 78:46 He sent lyce amonge them, and deuoured them vp and frogges to destroye them. Psalms 78:47 He gaue their frutes vnto the catyr pyller, and their laboure vnto the greshopper. Psalms 78:48 He destroyed their vynes wt hayle stones, and their mulbery trees wyth the frost. Psalms 78:49 He smote their catel also with haylestones, & their flockes with hote thonder boltes. Psalms 78:50 He cast vpon them the furyousnesse of hys wrath, anger, displeasure and trouble, and sent euell angels among them. Psalms 78:51 He made awaye to his indignacion, and spared not their soule from death, but gaue their lyfe ouer to the pestylence. Psalms 78:52 And smote all the fyrst borne in Egypt, the moost principall and myghtyest in þe dwellynges of Ham. Psalms 78:53 But as for hys awne people, he lead them forth lyke shepe, and caryed them in the wyldernesse lyke a flocke Psalms 78:54 He brought them out safely, that they shulde not feare, & ouer whelmed their enemyes with þe see. Psalms 78:55 And brought them within the borders of hys Sanctuary: euen to this mountayne, whych he purchased with hys ryght hande. Psalms 78:56 He cast out þe Heathen also before them, caused their lande to be denyded amonge them for an heritage, and made the trybes of Israell to dwell in their tentes. Psalms 78:57 So they tempted and displeased the most hye God, and kepte not hys testimonyes. Psalms 78:58 But turned their backes, and fell awaye lyke their forfathers, startynge asyde lyke a broken bowe. Psalms 78:59 For they greued hym with their hyll alters, and prouoked him to displeasure wyth their ymages. Psalms 78:60 When God hearde this, he was wroth, and toke sore dyspleasure at Israel. Psalms 78:61 So that he forsoke the Tabernacle in Silo, euen the tent that he had pitched among men. Psalms 78:62 He delyuered their power into captiuyte, and their bewtye into þe enemyes hande. Psalms 78:63 He gaue his people ouer also into the swerde, and was wroth wyth hys inherytaunce. Psalms 78:64 The fyre consumed their yong men, and their maydens were not geuen to mariage. Psalms 78:65 Their Preastes were slayne wt the swerde, and there were no wyddowes to make lamentacion. Psalms 78:66 So the Lorde awaked as one out of slepe, and lyke a gyaunte refreshed wyth wyne.

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

Psalms 78:67 He smote his enemyes in the 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 But chose the trybe of Iuda, euen the hyll of Sion which he loued. Psalms 78:70 And there he buylded hys temple on hye, and layed the foundacion of it lyke þe grounde, whych he hath made continually. Psalms 78:71 He chose Dauid also his seruaunt, and toke him awaye from the shepe foldes. Psalms 78:72 As he was folowinge the ewes greate with yonge ones, he toke hym, that he myght fede Iacob hys people, and Israel his enheritaunce. So he fed them with a faythfull and true hert, & ruled them prudently withall his power.

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