Rotherham's Emphasized Bible

Psalms 78

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

Psalms 78:1 {An Instructive Psalm. Asaph's.} Give ear, O my people, to mine instruction, Bend your ear to the sayings of my mouth; Psalms 78:2 I will open, in a parable, my mouth, I will pour forth enigmas out of antiquity;— Psalms 78:3 Which we have heard, and come to know, And, our fathers, have recounted to us; Psalms 78:4 We will not withhold [them] from their children, To a later generation, recounting the praises of Yahweh, Even his might and his wonders which he wrought; Psalms 78:5 When he set up a testimony in Jacob, And, a law, appointed in Israel,—Which he commanded our fathers, That they might make them known to their children; Psalms 78:6 To the end, A later generation might come to know, Children who should be born, Who should arise, and recount [them] to their children; Psalms 78:7 That they might set, in Elohim, their confidence,—And not forget the doings of El, But, his commandments, might observe; Psalms 78:8 And not become, like their fathers, a generation stubborn and rebellious,—A generation that fixed not their heart, Neither was their spirit, faithful with GOD.

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

Psalms 78:9 The sons of Ephraim—armed bowmen, Turned in the day of battle; Psalms 78:10 They kept not the covenant of God, And, in his law, refused to walk; Psalms 78:11 And forgat His doings, And his wonders which he had showed them: Psalms 78:12 In presence of their fathers, wrought he, wondrously,—In the land of Egypt—the field of Zoan: Psalms 78:13 He clave the sea, and caused them to pass through, And reared up the waters like a mound; Psalms 78:14 And led them, by a cloud, in the daytime, And all the night, by a light of fire; Psalms 78:15 He used to cleave rocks in the desert, And let them drink as out of mighty deeps; Psalms 78:16 And he brought forth streams out of the cliff, And caused waters to flow down, like rivers. Psalms 78:17 But again, once more sinned they against him, Resisting the Most High in a land of drought: Psalms 78:18 They put GOD to the proof in their heart, By asking food to their mind: Psalms 78:19 Yea they spake against Elohim,—They said, Can GOD prepare a table in the desert? Psalms 78:20 Lo! he hath smitten a rock, And waters, have gushed out, Yea, torrents, have rushed along,—Food also, can he give? Or provide flesh for his people? Psalms 78:21 Therefore, Yahweh hearkened, and became wroth,—And, a fire, was kindled against Jacob, Moreover also, anger, mounted against Israel; Psalms 78:22 Because, They believed not in God, Nor trusted in his salvation; Psalms 78:23 Though he had commanded the skies above, And, the doors of the heavens, had opened; Psalms 78:24 And had rained on them manna to eat, And, the corn of the heavens, had given to them: Psalms 78:25 The food of the mighty, each one did eat, Nourishment, sent he them to the full; Psalms 78:26 He let loose an east wind in the heavens, Then guided he, in his might, a south wind; Psalms 78:27 And rained upon them flesh as the dust, And, like the sand of the seas, birds of wing; Psalms 78:28 And let them fall in the midst of their camp,—Round about their habitations. Psalms 78:29 So they did eat and were abundantly filled, When, what they longed for, he had brought them:— Psalms 78:30 They had not turned away from what they had longed for, Yet was their food in their mouth, Psalms 78:31 When, the anger of God, mounted against them, And he slew of their vigorous youths, And, the choice young men of Israel, caused he to bow down in death. Psalms 78:32 For all this, sinned they still, And believed not in his wonders; Psalms 78:33 So he ended, in a breath, their days, And their years, in a sudden terror! Psalms 78:34 If he slew [of] them, then they sought him, Yea they turned, and did earnestly seek GOD; Psalms 78:35 And remembered that, Elohim, was their rock, Yea, EL Most High, their Redeemer: Psalms 78:36 So they spake him fair with their mouth, And, with their tongue, did promise him falsely; Psalms 78:37 But, their heart, was not fixed with him, Nor were they trusty in his covenant: Psalms 78:38 Yet, he, full of compassion, would put a propitiatory-covering over iniquity, and not destroy,—Yea, many a time, turned he back his anger, And would not stir up all his wrath. Psalms 78:39 So then he remembered, That, Flesh, they were, A Wind departing, that returneth not. Psalms 78:40 How often they, Resisted him in the desert, Vexed him, in the waste: Psalms 78:41 Yea they again put GOD to the test, And, to the Holy One of Israel, caused they sorrow: Psalms 78:42 They remembered not his hand—The day, When he ransomed them from the adversary; Psalms 78:43 When he set, in Egypt, his signs, And his wonders, in the plain of Zoan; Psalms 78:44 When he turned, into blood, their Nile-streams, And, their own rivers, could they not drink; Psalms 78:45 He sent among them, The gad-fly, and it devoured them, And the frog, and it despoiled them; Psalms 78:46 When he gave to the corn-locust their produce, And their toil, to the swarming locust; Psalms 78:47 He killed, with hail, their vine, And their sycomores, with frost: Psalms 78:48 When he gave up, to hail-storms, their beasts, And their cattle, to pestilent fevers; Psalms 78:49 He sent among them the heat of his anger, Wrath and indignation and distress,—A mission of messengers of misfortune: Psalms 78:50 He leveled a path for his anger, Withheld not, from death, their soul, But, their life—to the pestilence, he delivered: Psalms 78:51 So he smote, Every first-born in Egypt, The beginning of their strength, in the tents of Ham; Psalms 78:52 And he set forth, like sheep, his people, And guided them, like a flock in the desert; Psalms 78:53 Yea he led them securely, and they dreaded not, And, their enemies, the sea did cover. Psalms 78:54 Then brought he them within his own holy bounds, The mountain-range, which his right hand made his own: Psalms 78:55 So he drave out, before them, [whole] nations, And allotted them, by line, an inheritance, And caused to dwell, in their own homes, the tribes of Israel. Psalms 78:56 But they tested and resisted God Most High, And, his testimonies, did not observe; Psalms 78:57 But drew back and dealt treacherously, like their fathers, They turned aside, like deceitful bowmen; Psalms 78:58 And provoked him to anger with their high places, And, with their images, used to move him to jealousy. Psalms 78:59 God heard and was wroth, And greatly abhorred Israel; Psalms 78:60 So he gave up the habitation of Shiloh, The tent he had set up among Men; Psalms 78:61 Yea he gave up, into captivity, his strength, And his beauty into the hand of an adversary; Psalms 78:62 And delivered up, to the sword, his people, And, with his own inheritance, was he wroth; Psalms 78:63 His young men, were devoured by fire, And, his virgins, were not praised in song; Psalms 78:64 His priests, by the sword, did fall, And, his widows, were not able to bewail. Psalms 78:65 Then awoke, as one that had slept, Adonay, As a warrior exulting with wine! Psalms 78:66 So he smote his adversaries in the rear, Reproach age-abiding, laid he upon them.

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

Psalms 78:67 Howbeit he rejected the tent of Joseph, And, the tribe of Ephraim, did not choose: Psalms 78:68 But made choice of the tribe of Judah, The mountain of Zion, which he loved; Psalms 78:69 And built, like the heights, his sanctuary, Like the earth, he founded it to times age-abiding. Psalms 78:70 And made choice of David his servant, And took him from among the folds of the sheep: Psalms 78:71 From after the sucking ewes, he brought him in,—To be shepherd to Jacob his people, And to Israel, his inheritance. Psalms 78:72 So he did shepherd them, according to the singleness of his heart, And, with the discernment of his hands, used he to guide them.

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