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78:2 I will open my mouth in a parable. I will utter dark sayings of old,
78:3 Which we have heard and known, Our fathers have told us.
78:4 We will not hide them from their children, Telling to the generation to come the praises of Yahweh, His strength, and his wondrous works that he has done.
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;
78:6 That the generation to come might know, even the children who should be born; Who should arise and tell their children,
78:8 And might not be as their fathers, A stubborn and rebellious generation, A generation that didn`t make their hearts loyal, Whose spirit was not steadfast with God.
78:11 They forgot his doings, His wondrous works that he had showed them.
78:13 He split the sea, and caused them to pass through; He made the waters stand as a heap.
78:15 He split rocks in the wilderness, And gave them drink abundantly as out of the depths.
78:16 He brought streams also out of the rock, And caused waters to run down like rivers.
78:17 Yet they still went on to sin against him, To rebel against the Most High in the desert.
78:21 Therefore Yahweh heard, and was angry. A fire was kindled against Jacob, Anger also went up against Israel,
78:22 Because they didn`t believe in God, And didn`t trust in his salvation.
78:23 Yet he commanded the skies above, And opened the doors of heaven.
78:24 He rained down manna on them to eat, And gave them food from the sky.
78:29 So they ate, and were well filled. He gave them their own desire.
78:32 For all this they still sinned, And didn`t believe in his wondrous works.
78:33 Therefore he consumed their days in vanity, And their years in terror.
78:34 When he killed them, then they inquired after him. They returned and sought God earnestly.
78:36 But they flattered him with their mouth, And lied to him with their tongue.
78:38 But he, being merciful, forgave iniquity, and didn`t destroy them. Yes, many times he turned his anger away, And didn`t stir up all his wrath.
78:39 He remembered that they were but flesh, A wind that passes away, and doesn`t come again.
78:40 How often did they rebel against him in the wilderness, And grieve him in the desert!
78:41 They turned again and tempted God, And provoked the Holy One of Israel.
78:43 How he set his signs in Egypt, His wonders in the field of Zoan,
78:44 Turned their rivers into blood, Their streams, so that they could not drink.
78:46 He gave also their increase to the caterpillar, Their labor to the locust.
78:47 He destroyed their vines with hail, Their sycamore-fig trees with frost.
78:49 He threw on them the fierceness of his anger, Wrath, indignation, and trouble, And a band of angels of evil.
78:57 But turned back, and dealt treacherously like their fathers. They were turned aside like a deceitful bow.
78:62 He also gave his people over to the sword, And was angry with his inheritance.
78:64 Their priests fell by the sword; Their widows made no lamentation.
78:66 He struck his adversaries backward. He put them to a perpetual reproach.
78:68 But chose the tribe of Judah, Mount Zion which he loved.
78:69 He built his sanctuary like the heights, Like the earth which he has established forever.
78:70 He also chose David his servant, And took him from the sheepfolds;
78:71 From following the ewes that have their young he brought him To be the shepherd of Jacob, his people, and Israel, his inheritance.