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Psalms 78

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

Psalms 78:1 {Maschil of Asaph.} Give ear, O my people, [to] my law: incline your ear to the words of my mouth. Psalms 78:2 I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of old: Psalms 78:3 Which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us. Psalms 78:4 We will not hide [them] from their children, showing to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, and his strength, and his wonderful works that he hath done. Psalms 78:5 For he established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children: Psalms 78:6 That the generation to come might know [them], [even] the children [who] should be born; [who] should arise and declare [them] to their children: Psalms 78:7 That they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments: Psalms 78:8 And might not be as their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation; a generation [that] set not their heart aright, and whose spirit was not steadfast with God.

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

Psalms 78:9 The children of Ephraim, [being] armed, [and] carrying bows, turned back in the day of battle. Psalms 78:10 They kept not the covenant of God, and refused to walk in his law; Psalms 78:11 And forgot his works, and his wonders that he had shown them. Psalms 78:12 Marvelous things did he in the sight of their fathers, in the land of Egypt, [in] the field of Zoan. Psalms 78:13 He divided the sea, and caused them to pass through; and he made the waters to stand as a heap. Psalms 78:14 In the day-time also he led them with a cloud, and all the night with a light of fire. Psalms 78:15 He cleaved the rocks in the wilderness, and gave [them] drink as [out of] the great depths. Psalms 78:16 He brought streams also out of the rock, and caused waters to run down like rivers. Psalms 78:17 And they sinned yet more against him by provoking the Most High in the wilderness. Psalms 78:18 And they tempted God in their heart by asking food for their desire. Psalms 78:19 Yes, they spoke against God; they said, Can God furnish a table in the wilderness? Psalms 78:20 Behold, he smote the rock, that the waters gushed out, and the streams overflowed; can he give bread also? can he provide flesh for his people? Psalms 78:21 Therefore the LORD heard [this], and was wroth: so a fire was kindled against Jacob, and anger also came up against Israel; Psalms 78:22 Because they believed not in God, and trusted not in his salvation: Psalms 78:23 Though he had commanded the clouds from above, and opened the doors of heaven, Psalms 78:24 And had rained down manna upon them to eat, and had given them of the corn of heaven. Psalms 78:25 Man ate angels' food: he sent them food to the full. Psalms 78:26 He caused an east wind to blow in the heaven: and by his power he brought in the south wind. Psalms 78:27 He rained flesh also upon them as dust, and feathered fowls like as the sand of the sea: Psalms 78:28 And he let [it] fall in the midst of their camp, around their habitations. Psalms 78:29 So they ate, and were well filled: for he gave them their own desire; Psalms 78:30 They were not estranged from their desire: but while their meat [was] yet in their mouths, Psalms 78:31 The wrath of God came upon them, and slew the fattest of them, and smote down the chosen [men] of Israel. Psalms 78:32 For all this they sinned still, and believed not for his wondrous works. Psalms 78:33 Therefore their days did he consume in vanity, and their years in trouble. Psalms 78:34 When he slew them, then they sought him: and they returned and inquired early after God. Psalms 78:35 And they remembered that God [was] their rock, and the high God their redeemer. Psalms 78:36 Nevertheless they flattered him with their mouth, and they lied to him with their tongues. Psalms 78:37 For their heart was not right with him, neither were they steadfast in his covenant. Psalms 78:38 But he, [being] full of compassion, forgave [their] iniquity, and destroyed [them] not: yes, many a time he turned his anger away, and did not stir up all his wrath. Psalms 78:39 For he remembered that they [were but] flesh; a wind that passeth away, and cometh not again. Psalms 78:40 How oft did they provoke him in the wilderness, [and] grieve him in the desert! Psalms 78:41 Yes, they turned back and tempted God, and limited the Holy One of Israel. Psalms 78:42 They remembered not his hand, [nor] the day when he delivered them from the enemy. Psalms 78:43 How he had wrought his signs in Egypt, and his wonders in the field of Zoan: Psalms 78:44 And had turned their rivers into blood; and their floods, that they could not drink. Psalms 78:45 He sent divers sorts of flies among them, which devoured them; and frogs, which destroyed them. Psalms 78:46 He gave also their increase to the caterpillar, and their labor to the locust. Psalms 78:47 He destroyed their vines with hail, and their sycamore trees with frost. Psalms 78:48 He gave up their cattle also to the hail, and their flocks to hot thunderbolts. Psalms 78:49 He cast upon them the fierceness of his anger, wrath, and indignation, and trouble, by sending evil angels [among them]. Psalms 78:50 He made a way to his anger; he spared not their soul from death, but gave their life over to the pestilence; Psalms 78:51 And smote all the first-born in Egypt; the chief of [their] strength in the tabernacles of Ham: Psalms 78:52 But made his own people to go forth like sheep, and guided them in the wilderness like a flock. Psalms 78:53 And he led them on safely, so that they feared not: but the sea overwhelmed their enemies. Psalms 78:54 And he brought them to the border of his sanctuary, [even to] this mountain, [which] his right hand had purchased. Psalms 78:55 He cast out the heathen also before them, and divided them an inheritance by line, and made the tribes of Israel to dwell in their tents. Psalms 78:56 Yet they tempted and provoked the most high God, and kept not his testimonies: Psalms 78:57 But turned back, and dealt unfaithfully like their fathers: they were turned aside like a deceitful bow. Psalms 78:58 For they provoked him to anger with their high places, and moved him to jealousy with their graven images. Psalms 78:59 When God heard [this], he was wroth, and greatly abhorred Israel: Psalms 78:60 So that he forsook the tabernacle of Shiloh, the tent [which] he placed among men; Psalms 78:61 And delivered his strength into captivity, and his glory into the enemy's hand. Psalms 78:62 He gave over his people also to the sword; and was wroth with his inheritance. Psalms 78:63 The fire consumed their young men; and their maidens were not given to marriage. Psalms 78:64 Their priests fell by the sword; and their widows made no lamentation. Psalms 78:65 Then the Lord awaked as one out of sleep, [and] like a mighty man that shouteth by reason of wine. Psalms 78:66 And he smote his enemies in the hinder part: he put them to a perpetual reproach.

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

Psalms 78:67 Moreover he refused the tabernacle of Joseph, and chose not the tribe of Ephraim: Psalms 78:68 But chose the tribe of Judah, the mount Zion which he loved. Psalms 78:69 And he built his sanctuary like high [palaces], like the earth which he hath established for ever. Psalms 78:70 He chose David also his servant, and took him from the sheep-folds: Psalms 78:71 From following the ewes great with young he brought him to feed Jacob his people, and Israel his inheritance. Psalms 78:72 So he fed them according to the integrity of his heart; and guided them by the skillfulness of his hands.

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