Maschil of Asaph.

[1] GIVE ear, O my people, to my law:〖Or, teaching.〗

Incline your ears to the words of my mouth.

[2] I will open my mouth in a parable;

I will utter dark sayings of old,

[3] Which we have heard and known,

And our fathers have told us.

[4] We will not hide them from their children,

Telling to the generation to come the praises of Jehovah,

And his strength, and his wondrous works that he hath done.

[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;

[6] That the generation to come might know them, even the children that should be born;

Who should arise and tell them to their children,

[7] That they might set their hope in God,

And not forget the works of God,

But keep his commandments,

[8] And might not be as their fathers,

A stubborn and rebellious generation,

A generation that〖Or, that prepared not their heart.〗 set not their heart aright,

And whose spirit was not stedfast with God.

[9] The children of Ephraim, being armed and carrying bows,

Turned back in the day of battle.

[10] They kept not the covenant of God,

And refused to walk in his law;

[11] And they forgat his doings,

And his wondrous works that he had showed them.

[12] Marvellous things did he in the sight of their fathers,

In the land of Egypt, in the field of Zoan.

[13] He clave the sea, and caused them to pass through;

And he made the waters to stand as a heap.

[14] In the day-time also he led them with a cloud,

And all the night with a light of fire.

[15] He clave rocks in the wilderness,

And gave them drink abundantly as out of the depths.

[16] He brought streams also out of the rock,

And caused waters to run down like rivers.

[17] Yet went they on still to sin against him,

To rebel against the Most High in the〖Or, a dry land.〗 desert.

[18] And they tempted God in their heart

By asking food according〖Or, for themselves.〗 to their desire.

[19] Yea, they spake against God;

They said, Can God prepare a table in the wilderness?

[20] Behold, he smote the rock, so that waters gushed out,

And streams overflowed;

Can he give bread also?

Will he provide flesh for his people?

[21] Therefore Jehovah heard, and was wroth;

And a fire was kindled against Jacob,

And anger also went up against Israel;

[22] Because they believed not in God,

And trusted not in his salvation.

[23] Yet he commanded the skies above,

And opened the doors of heaven;

[24] And he rained down manna upon them to eat,

And gave them food〖Heb. grain.〗 from heaven.

[25] Man〖Or, Every one.〗 did eat the bread of the mighty:

He sent them food to the full.

[26] He caused〖Heb. led forth the east wind.〗 the est wind to blow in the heavens;

And by his power he guided the south wind.

[27] He rained flesh also upon them as the dust,

And winged birds as the sand of the seas:

[28] And he let it fall in the midst of their camp,

Round about their habitations.

[29] So they did eat, and were well filled;

And he gave them their own desire.

[30] They were not estranged from that which they desired,

Their food was yet in their mouths,

[31] When the anger of God went up against them,

And slew of the fattest of them,

And smote down the young men of Israel.

[32] For all this they sinned still,

And believed not in his wondrous works.

[33] Therefore their days did he consume in vanity,

And their years in terror.

[34] When he slew them, then they inquired after him;

And they returned and sought God earnestly.

[35] And they remembered that God was their rock,

And the Most High God their redeemer.

[36] But they flattered him with their mouth,

And lied unto him with their tongue.

[37] For their heart was not right〖Or, stedfast.〗 with him,

Neither were they faithful in his covenant.

[38] But he, being merciful, forgave their iniquity, and destroyed them not:

Yea, many a time turned he his anger away,

And did not stir up all his wrath.

[39] And he remembered that they were but flesh,

A wind that passeth away, and cometh not again.

[40] How oft did they rebel against him in the wilderness,

And grieve him in the desert!

[41] And they turned again and tempted God,

And provoked〖Or, limited.〗 the Holy One of Israel.

[42] They remembered not his hand,

Nor the day when he redeemed them from the adversary;

[43] How he set his signs in Egypt,

And his wonders in the field of Zoan,

[44] And turned their rivers into blood,

And their streams, so that they could not drink.

[45] He sent among them swarms of flies, which devoured them;

And frogs, which destroyed them.

[46] He gave also their increase unto the caterpillar,

And their labor unto the locust.

[47] He destroyed〖Heb. killed.〗 their vines with hail,

And their sycomore-trees with frost.〖Or, great hailstones.〗

[48] He gave over their cattle also to the hail,

And their flocks to hot thunderbolts.

[49] He cast upon them the fierceness of his anger,

Wrath, and indignation, and trouble,

A〖Heb. A sending.〗 band of angels of evil.

[50] He made〖Heb. levelled.〗 a path for his anger;

He spared not their soul from death,

But gave their〖Or, their beasts to the murrain.〗 life over the pestilence,

[51] And smote all the first-born in Egypt,

The chief〖Heb. beginning. See Deut. 21. 17.〗 of their strength in the tents of Ham.

[52] But he led forth his own people like sheep,

And guided them in the wilderness like a flock.

[53] And he led them safely, so that they feared not;

But the sea overwhelmed their enemies.

[54] And he brought them to the〖Or, his holy border.〗 border of his sanctuary,

To this mountain,〖Or, mountain land.〗 which his right hand had gotten.

[55] He drove out the nations also before them,

And allotted them for an inheritance by line,

And made the tribes of Israel to dwell in their tents.

[56] Yet they tempted and rebelled against the Most High God,

And kept not his testimonies;

[57] But turned back, and dealt treacherously like their fathers:

They were turned aside like a deceitful bow.

[58] For they provoked him to anger with their high places,

And moved him to jealousy with their graven images.

[59] When God heard this, he was wroth,

And greatly abhorred Israel;

[60] So that he forsook the tabernacle of Shiloh,

The tent which he placed among men;

[61] And delivered his strength into captivity,

And his glory into the adversary’s hand.

[62] He gave his people over also unto the sword,

And was wroth with his inheritance.

[63] Fire devoured their young men;

And their virgins had no marriage-song.

[64] Their priests fell by the sword;

And their widows made no lamentation.

[65] Then the Lord awaked as one out of sleep,

Like a mighty man that shouteth by reason of wine.

[66] And he smote his adversaries backward:

He put them to a perpetual reproach.

[67] Moreover he refused the tent of Joseph,

And chose not the tribe of Ephraim,

[68] But chose the tribe of Judah,

The mount Zion which he loved.

[69] And he built his sanctuary like the heights,

Like the earth which he hath established for ever.

[70] He chose David also his servant,

And took him from the sheepfolds:

[71] From following the ewes that have their young he brought him,

To be the shepherd of Jacob his people, and Israel his inheritance.

[72] So he was their shepherd according to the integrity of his heart,

And guided them by the skilfulness of his hands.

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