|Maschil of Asaph.
|1||Give ear, O my
people, to my law: incline your ears to the words of my mouth.
||O my people|
|2||I will open my mouth
in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of old:
||in a parable M1335|
|3||Which we have heard
and known, and our fathers have told us.
|4||We will not hide
them from their children, shewing to the generation to
praises of the LORD, and his strength, and his wonderful works that he
|5||For he established a
testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded
fathers, that they should make them known to their children:
|6||That the generation
to come might know them, even the children which should
born; who should arise and declare them to their
|7||That they might set
their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his
|8||And might not be as
their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation; a generation
that set not their heart aright, and whose spirit was not
|9||The children of
Ephraim, being armed, and carrying bows, turned back in
day of battle.
|10||They kept not the
covenant of God, and refused to walk in his law;
|11||And forgat his
works, and his wonders that he had shewed them.
did he in the sight of their fathers, in the land of Egypt, in
field of Zoan.
||field of Zoan|
|13||He divided the sea,
and caused them to pass through; and he made the waters to stand as an
|14||In the daytime also
he led them with a cloud, and all the night with a light of fire.
|15||He clave the rocks
in the wilderness, and gave them drink as out of the
|16||He brought streams
also out of the rock, and caused waters to run down like rivers.
|17||And they sinned yet
more against him by provoking the most High in the wilderness.
|18||And they tempted God
in their heart by asking meat for their lust.
|19||Yea, they spake
against God; they said, Can God furnish a table in the wilderness?
|20||Behold, he smote the
rock, that the waters gushed out, and the streams overflowed; can he
bread also? can he provide flesh for his people?
|21||Therefore the LORD
heard this, and was wroth: so a fire was kindled against Jacob,
anger also came up against Israel;
believed not in God, and trusted not in his salvation:
|23||Though he had
commanded the clouds from above, and opened the doors of heaven,
|24||And had rained down
manna upon them to eat, and had given them of the corn of heaven.
|25||Man did eat
angels' food: he sent them meat to the full.
|26||He caused an east
wind to blow in the heaven: and by his power he brought in the south
|27||He rained flesh also
upon them as dust, and feathered fowls like as the sand of the sea:
|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: for he gave them their own desire;
|30||They were not
estranged from their lust. But while their meat was yet in
|31||The wrath of God
came upon them, and slew the fattest of them, and smote down the chosen
men of Israel.
|32||For all this they
sinned still, and believed not for his wondrous works.
|33||Therefore their days
did he consume in vanity, and their years in trouble.
|34||When he slew them,
then they sought him: and they returned and enquired early after God.
|35||And they remembered
that God was their rock, and the high God their redeemer.
did flatter him with their mouth, and they lied unto him with their
|37||For their heart was
not right with him, neither were they stedfast in his covenant.
|38||But he, being
full of compassion, forgave their iniquity, and destroyed
them not: yea, many a time turned he his anger away, and
stir up all his wrath.
|39||For he remembered
that they were but flesh; a wind that passeth away, and cometh
|40||How oft did they
provoke him in the wilderness, and grieve him in the desert!
|41||Yea, they turned
back and tempted God, and limited the Holy One of Israel.
||Holy One of Israel|
|42||They remembered not
his hand, nor the day when he delivered them from the enemy.
|43||How he had wrought
his signs in Egypt, and his wonders in the field of Zoan:
|44||And had turned their
rivers into blood; and their floods, that they could not drink.
|45||He sent divers sorts
of flies among them, which devoured them; and frogs, which destroyed
|46||He gave also their
increase unto the caterpiller, and their labour unto the locust.
|47||He destroyed their
vines with hail, and their sycomore trees with frost.
|48||He gave up 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, by
sending evil angels among them.
|50||He made a way to his
anger; he spared not their soul from death, but gave their life over to
|51||And smote all the
firstborn in Egypt; the chief of their strength in the
|52||But made his own
people to go forth like sheep, and guided them in the wilderness like a
|53||And he led them on
safely, so that they feared not: but the sea overwhelmed their enemies.
|54||And he brought them
to the border of his sanctuary, even to this mountain, which
his right hand had purchased.
|55||He cast out the
heathen also before them, and divided them an inheritance by line, and
made the tribes of Israel to dwell in their tents.
|56||Yet they tempted and
provoked the most high God, and kept not his testimonies:
|57||But turned back, and
dealt unfaithfully like their fathers: they were turned aside like a
|58||For they provoked
him to anger with their high places, and moved him to jealousy with
|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;
||tabernacle of Shiloh|
|61||And delivered his
strength into captivity, and his glory into the enemy's hand.
|62||He gave his people
over also unto the sword; and was wroth with his inheritance.
|63||The fire consumed
their young men; and their maidens were not given to marriage.
|64||Their priests fell
by the sword; and their widows made no lamentation.
|65||Then the Lord awaked
as one out of sleep, and like a mighty man that shouteth by
|66||And he smote his
enemies in the hinder parts: he put them to a perpetual reproach.
|67||Moreover he refused
the tabernacle 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 high palaces, like the earth which he hath
established for ever.
||established for ever|
|70||He chose David also
his servant, and took him from the sheepfolds:
|71||From following the
ewes great with young he brought him to feed Jacob his people, and
|72||So he fed them
according to the integrity of his heart; and guided them by the
skilfulness of his hands.
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