An instruction. Of Asaph.
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 riddles from of old, 3Which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us: 4We will not hide them from their sons, shewing forth to the generation to come the praises of Jehovah, and his strength, and his marvellous works which he hath done. 5For 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; 6That the generation to come might know them, the children that should be born; that they might rise up and tell them to their children, 7And that they might set their hope in God#GodHebrew: Elohim and not forget the works of ·God#GodHebrew: El but observe his commandments; 8And might not be as their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation, a generation that prepared not their heart, and whose spirit was not stedfast with ·God#GodHebrew: El
9The sons of Ephraim, armed bowmen, turned back in the day of battle. 10They kept not the covenant of God#GodHebrew: Elohim and refused to walk in his law; 11And forgot his doings, and his marvellous works which he had shewn them. 12In the sight of their fathers had he done wonders, in the land of Egypt, the field of Zoan. 13He clave the sea, and caused them to pass through; and made the waters to stand as a heap; 14And he led them with a cloud in the daytime, and all the night with the light of fire. 15He clave rocks in the wilderness, and gave them drink as out of the depths, abundantly; 16And he brought streams out of the rock, and caused waters to run down like rivers. 17Yet they still went on sinning against him, provoking the Most High in the desert; 18And they tempted ·God#GodHebrew: El in their heart, by asking meat for their lust; 19And they spoke against God#GodHebrew: Elohim they said, Is ·God#GodHebrew: El able to prepare a table in the wilderness? 20Behold, he smote the rock, and waters gushed out, and streams overflowed; is he able to give bread also, or provide flesh for his people? 21Therefore Jehovah heard, and was wroth; and fire was kindled against Jacob, and anger also went up against Israel: 22Because they believed not in God#GodHebrew: Elohim and confided not in his salvation; 23Though he had commanded the clouds from above, and had opened the doors of the heavens, 24And had rained down manna upon them to eat, and had given them the corn of the heavens. 25Man did eat the bread of the mighty; he sent them provision to the full. 26He caused the east wind to rise in the heavens, and by his strength he brought the south wind; 27And he rained flesh upon them as dust, and feathered fowl as the sand of the seas, 28And he let it fall in the midst of their camp, round about their habitations: 29And they did eat, and were well filled; for that they lusted after, he brought to them. 30They were not alienated from their lust, their meat was yet in their mouths, 31When the anger of God#GodHebrew: Elohim went up against them; and he slew the fattest of them, and smote down the chosen men of Israel. 32For all this, they sinned still, and believed not in his marvellous works; 33And he consumed their days in vanity, and their years in terror. 34When he slew them, then they sought him, and returned and sought early after ·God#GodHebrew: El 35And they remembered that God#GodHebrew: Elohim was their rock, and ·God#GodHebrew: El the Most High, their redeemer. 36But they flattered him with their mouth, and lied unto him with their tongue; 37For their heart was not firm toward him, neither were they stedfast in his covenant. 38But he was merciful: he forgave the iniquity, and destroyed them not; but many a time turned he his anger away, and did not stir up all his fury: 39And he remembered that they were flesh, a breath that passeth away and cometh not again.
40How oft did they provoke him in the wilderness, and grieve him in the desert! 41And they turned again and tempted ·God#GodHebrew: El and grieved the Holy One of Israel. 42They remembered not his hand, the day when he delivered them from the oppressor, 43How he set his signs in Egypt, and his miracles in the field of Zoan; 44And turned their rivers into blood, and their streams, that they could not drink; 45He sent dog-flies among them, which devoured them, and frogs, which destroyed them; 46And he gave their increase unto the caterpillar, and their labour unto the locust; 47He killed their vines with hail, and their sycamore trees with hail-stones; 48And he delivered up their cattle to the hail, and their flocks to thunderbolts. 49He cast upon them the fierceness of his anger, wrath, and indignation, and distress, --a mission of angels of woes. 50He made a way for his anger; he spared not their soul from death, but gave their life over to the pestilence; 51And he smote all the firstborn in Egypt, the first-fruits of their vigour in the tents of Ham. 52And he made his own people to go forth like sheep, and guided them in the wilderness like a flock; 53And he led them safely, so that they were without fear; and the sea covered their enemies. 54And he brought them to his holy border, this mountain, which his right hand purchased; 55And he drove out the nations before them, and allotted them for an inheritance by line, and made the tribes of Israel to dwell in their tents. 56But they tempted and provoked God#GodHebrew: Elohim the Most High, and kept not his testimonies, 57And they drew back and dealt treacherously like their fathers: they turned like a deceitful bow. 58And they provoked him to anger with their high places, and moved him to jealousy with their graven images. 59God heard, and was wroth, and greatly abhorred Israel: 60And he forsook the tabernacle at Shiloh, the tent where he had dwelt among men, 61And gave his strength into captivity, and his glory into the hand of the oppressor; 62And delivered up his people unto the sword, and was very wroth with his inheritance: 63The fire consumed their young men, and their maidens were not praised in nuptial song; 64Their priests fell by the sword, and their widows made no lamentation. 65Then the Lord awoke as one out of sleep, like a mighty man that shouteth aloud by reason of wine; 66And he smote his adversaries in the hinder part, and put them to everlasting reproach. 67And he rejected the tent of Joseph, and chose not the tribe of Ephraim, 68But chose the tribe of Judah, the mount Zion which he loved; 69And he built his sanctuary like the heights, like the earth which he hath founded for ever. 70And he chose David his servant, and took him from the sheepfolds: 71From following the suckling-ewes, he brought him to feed Jacob his people, and Israel his inheritance. 72And he fed them according to the integrity of his heart, and led them by the skilfulness of his hands.
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