An exhortation both to learn and to preach the Law of God.
Psalms 78:1 An Instruction of Asaph. Give ear, O my people, to my law, Incline your ear to sayings of my mouth. Psalms 78:2 I open with a simile my mouth, I bring forth hidden things of old, Psalms 78:3 That we have heard and do know, And our fathers have recounted to us. Psalms 78:4 We do not hide from their sons, To a later generation recounting praises of Jehovah, And His strength, and His wonders that He hath done. Psalms 78:5 And He raiseth up a testimony in Jacob, And a law hath placed in Israel, That He commanded our fathers, To make them known to their sons. Psalms 78:6 So that a later generation doth know, Sons who are born, do rise and recount to their sons, Psalms 78:7 And place in God their confidence, And forget not the doings of God, But keep His commands. Psalms 78:8 And they are not like their fathers, A generation apostate and rebellious, A generation! it hath not prepared its heart, Nor stedfast with God [is] its spirit.
The story of God's wrath against the incredulous and disobedient.
Psalms 78:9 Sons of Ephraimarmed bearers of bow, Have turned in a day of conflict. Psalms 78:10 They have not kept the covenant of God, And in His law they have refused to walk, Psalms 78:11 And they forget His doings, And His wonders that He shewed them. Psalms 78:12 Before their fathers He hath done wonders, In the land of Egyptthe field of Zoan. Psalms 78:13 He cleft a sea, and causeth them to pass over, Yea, He causeth waters to stand as a heap. Psalms 78:14 And leadeth them with a cloud by day, And all the night with a light of fire. Psalms 78:15 He cleaveth rocks in a wilderness, And giveth drinkas the great deep. Psalms 78:16 And bringeth out streams from a rock, And causeth waters to come down as rivers. Psalms 78:17 And they add still to sin against Him, To provoke the Most High in the dry place. Psalms 78:18 And they try God in their heart, To ask food for their lust. Psalms 78:19 And they speak against Godthey said: 'Is God able to array a table in a wilderness?' Psalms 78:20 Lo, He hath smitten a rock, And waters flow, yea, streams overflow. 'Alsobread [is] He able to give? Doth He prepare flesh for His people?' Psalms 78:21 Therefore hath Jehovah heard, And He sheweth Himself wroth, And fire hath been kindled against Jacob, And anger also hath gone up against Israel, Psalms 78:22 For they have not believed in God, Nor have they trusted in His salvation. Psalms 78:23 And He commandeth clouds from above, Yea, doors of the heavens He hath opened. Psalms 78:24 And He raineth on them manna to eat, Yea, corn of heaven He hath given to them. Psalms 78:25 Food of the mighty hath each eaten, Venison He sent to them to satiety. Psalms 78:26 He causeth an east wind to journey in the heavens, And leadeth by His strength a south wind, Psalms 78:27 And He raineth on them flesh as dust, And as sand of the seaswinged fowl, Psalms 78:28 And causeth [it] to fall in the midst of His camp, Round about His tabernacles. Psalms 78:29 And they eat, and are greatly satisfied, And their desire He bringeth to them. Psalms 78:30 They have not been estranged from their desire, Yet [is] their food in their mouth, Psalms 78:31 And the anger of God hath gone up against them, And He slayeth among their fat ones, And youths of Israel He caused to bend. Psalms 78:32 With all this they have sinned again, And have not believed in His wonders. Psalms 78:33 And He consumeth in vanity their days, And their years in trouble. Psalms 78:34 If He slew them, then they sought Him, And turned back, and sought God earnestly, Psalms 78:35 And they remember that God [is] their rock, And God Most High their redeemer. Psalms 78:36 Andthey deceive Him with their mouth, And with their tongue do lie to Him, Psalms 78:37 And their heart hath not been right with Him, And they have not been stedfast in His covenant. Psalms 78:38 And Hethe Merciful One, Pardoneth iniquity, and destroyeth not, And hath often turned back His anger, And waketh not up all His fury. Psalms 78:39 And He remembereth that they [are] flesh, A wind going onand it returneth not. Psalms 78:40 How often do they provoke Him in the wilderness, Grieve Him in the desolate place? Psalms 78:41 Yea, they turn back, and try God, And the Holy One of Israel have limited. Psalms 78:42 They have not remembered His hand The day He ransomed them from the adversary. Psalms 78:43 When He set His signs in Egypt, And His wonders in the field of Zoan, Psalms 78:44 And He turneth to blood their streams, And their floods they drink not. Psalms 78:45 He sendeth among them the beetle, and it consumeth them, And the frog, and it destroyeth them, Psalms 78:46 And giveth to the caterpillar their increase, And their labour to the locust. Psalms 78:47 He destroyeth with hail their vine, And their sycamores with frost, Psalms 78:48 And delivereth up to the hail their beasts, And their cattle to the burning flames. Psalms 78:49 He sendeth on them the fury of His anger, Wrath, and indignation, and distressA discharge of evil messengers. Psalms 78:50 He pondereth a path for His anger, He kept not back their soul from death, Yea, their life to the pestilence He delivered up. Psalms 78:51 And He smiteth every first-born in Egypt, The first-fruit of the strong in tents of Ham. Psalms 78:52 And causeth His people to journey as a flock, And guideth them as a drove in a wilderness, Psalms 78:53 And He leadeth them confidently, And they have not been afraid, And their enemies hath the sea covered. Psalms 78:54 And He bringeth them in unto the border of His sanctuary, This mountain His right hand had got, Psalms 78:55 And casteth out nations from before them, And causeth them to fall in the line of inheritance, And causeth the tribes of Israel to dwell in their tents, Psalms 78:56 And they tempt and provoke God Most High, And His testimonies have not kept. Psalms 78:57 And they turn back, And deal treacherously like their fathers, They have been turned like a deceitful bow, Psalms 78:58 And make Him angry with their high places, And with their graven images make Him zealous, Psalms 78:59 God hath heard, and sheweth Himself wroth. And kicketh exceedingly against Israel. Psalms 78:60 And He leaveth the tabernacle of Shiloh, The tent He had placed among men, Psalms 78:61 And He giveth His strength to captivity, And His beauty into the hand of an adversary, Psalms 78:62 And delivereth up to the sword His people, And with His inheritance shewed Himself angry. Psalms 78:63 His young men hath fire consumed, And His virgins have not been praised. Psalms 78:64 His priests by the sword have fallen, And their widows weep not. Psalms 78:65 And the Lord waketh as a sleeper, As a mighty one crying aloud from wine. Psalms 78:66 And He smiteth His adversaries backward, A reproach age-during He hath put on them,
The Israelites being rejected, God chose Judah, Zion, and David.
Psalms 78:67 And He kicketh against the tent of Joseph, And on the tribe of Ephraim hath not fixed. Psalms 78:68 And He chooseth the tribe of Judah, With mount Zion that He loved, Psalms 78:69 And buildeth His sanctuary as a high place, Like the earth, He founded it to the age. Psalms 78:70 And He fixeth on David His servant, And taketh him from the folds of a flock, Psalms 78:71 From behind suckling ones He hath brought him in, To rule over Jacob His people, And over Israel His inheritance. Psalms 78:72 And he ruleth them according to the integrity of his heart, And by the skilfulness of his hands leadeth them!