Maskhil [Contemplative poem] of Asaph [Gatherer].
1Give ear, O my people, [to] my law: incline your ears to the words of my mouth.
2I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of old:
3Which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us.
4We will not hide [them] from their children, showing to the generation to come the praises of the Lord-Yehōvah [Messiah Pre-Incarnate], and his strength, and his wonderful works that he has done.
5For he established a testimony in Ya’akov [Heel of God], and appointed a law in Yisra’el [He Holds Onto The Heel of God], which he commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children:
6That the generation to come might know [them, even] the children [which] should be born; [who] should arise and declare [them] to their children:
7That they might set their hope in God-Elōhīm (The Living Word) [The Many Powered], and not forget the works of God-Elōhīm (The Living Word) [The Many Powered], but keep his commandments:
8And might not be as their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation; a generation [that] set not their heart aright (in the right way), and whose spirit was not steadfast with God-Elōhīm (The Living Word) [The Many Powered].
9The children of Efrayim [Doubly Fruitful], [being] armed, [and] carrying bows, turned back in the day of battle.
10They kept not the covenant of God-Elōhīm (The Living Word) [The Many Powered], and refused to walk in his law;
11And forgot his works, and his wonders that he had showed them.
12Marvelous things did he in the sight of their fathers, in the land of Mitzrayim [Egypt - The Narrow Place], [in] the field of Tzo’an [Place of Departure].
13He divided the sea, and caused them to pass through; and he made the waters to stand as an heap.
14In the daytime also he led them with a cloud, and all the night with a light of fire.
15He clave the rocks in the wilderness, and gave [them] drink as [out of] the great depths.
16He brought streams also out of the rock, and caused waters to run down like rivers.
17And they sinned yet more against him by provoking the most High in the wilderness.
18And they tempted God-Elōhīm (The Living Word) [The Many Powered] in their heart by asking meat for their lust.
19Yea, they spoke against God-Elōhīm (The Living Word) [The Many Powered]; they said, Can God-Elōhīm (The Living Word) [The Many Powered] furnish a table in the wilderness?
20Behold, 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?
21Therefore the Lord-Yehōvah [Messiah Pre-Incarnate] heard [this], and was exceedingly angry: so a fire was kindled against Ya’akov [Heel of God], and anger also came up against Yisra’el [He Holds Onto The Heel of God];
22Because they believed not in God-Elōhīm (The Living Word) [The Many Powered], and trusted not in his salvation:
23Though he had commanded the clouds from above, and opened the doors of heaven,
24And had rained down manna upon them to eat, and had given them of the corn of heaven.
25Man did eat angels’ food: he sent them meat to the full.
26He caused an east wind to blow in the heaven: and by his power he brought in the south wind.
27He rained flesh also upon them as dust, and feathered fowls like as the sand of the sea:
28And he let [it] fall in the midst of their camp, round about their habitations.
29So they did eat, and were well filled: for he gave them their own desire;
30They were not estranged from their lust. But while their meat [was] yet in their mouths,
31The wrath of God-Elōhīm (The Living Word) [The Many Powered] came upon them, and slew the fattest of them, and smote down the chosen [men] of Yisra’el [He Holds Onto The Heel of God].
32For all this they sinned still, and believed not for his wondrous works.
33Therefore their days did he consume in vanity, and their years in trouble.
34When he slew them, then they sought him: and they returned and enquired early after God-Elōhīm (The Living Word) [The Many Powered].
35And they remembered that God-Elōhīm (The Living Word) [The Many Powered] [was] their rock, and the high God-El ‘Elyon [The Most High Powerful Living Word] their redeemer.
36Nevertheless they did flatter him with their mouth, and they lied unto him with their tongues.
37For their heart was not right with him, neither were they steadfast in his covenant.
38But he, [being] full of compassion, forgave [their] iniquity, and destroyed [them] not: yea, many a time turned he his anger away, and did not stir up all his wrath.
39For he remembered that they [were but] flesh; a wind that passes away, and cometh not again.
40How oft did they provoke him in the wilderness, [and] grieve him in the desert!
41Yea, they turned back and tempted God-Elōhīm (The Living Word) [The Many Powered], and limited the Holy One of Yisra’el [He Holds Onto The Heel of God].
42They remembered not his hand, [nor] the day when he delivered them from the enemy.
43How he had wrought his signs in Mitzrayim [Egypt - The Narrow Place], and his wonders in the field of Tzo’an [Place of Departure]:
44And had turned their rivers into blood; and their floods, that they could not drink.
45He sent diverse sorts of flies among them, which devoured them; and frogs, which destroyed them.
46He gave also their increase unto the caterpillar, and their labour unto the locust.
47He destroyed their vines with hail, and their sycamore trees with frost.
48He gave up their cattle also to the hail, and their flocks to hot thunderbolts.
49He cast upon them the fierceness of his anger, wrath, and indignation, and trouble, by sending evil angels [among them].
50He made a way to his anger; he spared not their soul from death, but gave their life over to the pestilence;
51And smote all the firstborn in Mitzrayim [Egypt - The Narrow Place]; the chief of [their] strength in the tabernacles of Ham:
52But made his own people to go forth like sheep, and guided them in the wilderness like a flock.
53And he led them on safely, so that they feared not: but the sea overwhelmed their enemies.
54And he brought them to the border of his sanctuary, [even to] this mountain, [which] his right hand had purchased.
55He cast out the heathen also before them, and divided them an inheritance by line, and made the tribes of Yisra’el [He Holds Onto The Heel of God] to dwell in their tents.
56Yet they tempted and provoked the most high God-El ‘Elyon [The Most High Powerful Living Word], and kept not his testimonies:
57But turned back, and dealt unfaithfully like their fathers: they were turned aside like a deceitful bow.
58For they provoked him to anger with their high places, and moved him to jealousy with their graven images.
59When God-Elōhīm (The Living Word) [The Many Powered] heard [this], he was exceedingly angry, and greatly abhorred Yisra’el [He Holds Onto The Heel of God]:
60So that he forsook the tabernacle of Shiloh [Peace; Rest], the tent [which] he placed among men;
61And delivered his strength into captivity, and his glory into the enemy’s hand.
62He gave his people over also unto the sword; and was exceedingly angry with his inheritance.
63The fire consumed their young men; and their maidens were not given to marriage.
64Their priests fell by the sword; and their widows made no lamentation.
65Then the Lord-Adonai [Greatest Above All Things] awaked as one out of sleep, [and] like a mighty man that shouts by reason of wine.
66And he smote his enemies in the hinder parts: he put them to a perpetual reproach (disgrace; shame).
67Moreover he refused the tabernacle of Yosef [(God) He Shall Add], and chose not the tribe of Efrayim [Doubly Fruitful]:
68But chose the tribe of Y’hudah [Let Him (God) Be Praised], the mount Tziyon [Parched Place] which he loved.
69And he built his sanctuary like high [palaces], like the earth which he has established forever.
70He chose David [Beloved] also his servant, and took him from the sheepfolds:
71From following the ewes great with young he brought him to feed Ya’akov [Heel of God] his people, and Yisra’el [He Holds Onto The Heel of God] his inheritance.
72So he fed them according to the integrity of his heart; and guided them by the skillfulness of his hands.