The Book of Psalms
Give ear, O my people, to my instruction: 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, shewing to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, and his strength, and his wonderful 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 teach them to their children:
6 That the generation to come might know them, even the children which should be born; who should arise and declare 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 set not their heart aright, and whose spirit was not faithful to 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 forgot his works, and his wonders that he had shewed them.
12 Marvellous things did he in the sight of their fathers, in the land of Egypt, in the field of Zoan.
13 He divided the sea, and caused them to pass through; and he made the waters to stand as an heap.
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 great depths.
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, rebelling against the most High in the wilderness.
18 And they tested God in their heart by asking meat according to their desire.
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 give bread also? can he provide flesh for his people?
21 Therefore the LORD heard this, and was wroth: and a fire was kindled against Jacob, and anger also came up against Israel;
22 Because they believed not in God, and trusted not in his salvation:
23 Yet he commanded the clouds from above, and opened the doors of heaven,
24 And rained down manna upon them to eat, and gave them of the corn of heaven.
25 Man did eat bread of angels: he sent them meat to the full.
26 He caused an east wind to blow in the heavens: and by his power he brought in the south wind.
27 He rained flesh also upon them as dust, and winged 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 But before they had satisfied their desire, while their meat was yet in their mouths,
31 The wrath of God rose against them, and slew the strongest of them, and smote down the choice 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 sought him: and they returned and enquired diligently after God.
35 And they remembered that God was their rock, and the most high God their redeemer.
36 Nevertheless they did flatter him with their mouth, and they lied unto him with their tongues.
37 For their heart was not steadfast with him, neither were they faithful to his covenant.
38 But he, being full of compassion, forgave their iniquity, and destroyed them not: yea, many a time restrained he his anger, and did not stir up all his wrath.
39 For he remembered that they were but flesh; a wind that passeth, and cometh not again.
40 How oft did they rebel against him in the wilderness, and grieve him in the desert!
41 Yea, again and againg they put God to the test, and provoked the Holy One of Israel.
42 They remembered not his power, nor the day when he redeemed 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 streams, that they could not drink.
45 He sent swarms of flies among them, which devoured them; and frogs, which destroyed them.
46 He gave also their increase unto the caterpillar, and the fruit of their labour unto the locust.
47 He destroyed their vines with hail, and their sycamore trees with frost.
48 He gave up their cattle also to the hail, and their flocks to the thunderbolts.
49 He cast upon them the fierceness of his anger, wrath, and indignation, and trouble, a band of destroying angels.
50 He made a way for his anger; he spared not their soul from death, but gave their life over to the plague;
51 And smote all the firstborn in Egypt; the firstfruits of their strength in the tabernacles of Ham:
52 But he led his own people forth like sheep, and guided them in the wilderness like a flock.
53 And he led them on safely, so that they feared not: but the sea overwhelmed their enemies.
54 And he brought them to his holy land, even to this mountain, which his right hand had purchased.
55 He cast out the nations also before them, and divided lands to them as an inheritance, and made the tribes of Israel to dwell in their tents.
56 Yet they put the most high God to the test, and rebelled against him, and kept not his testimonies:
57 But turned back, and dealt treacherously like their fathers: they 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 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 had no marriage songs.
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 reason of wine.
66 And he drove back his enemies: he put them to a perpetual reproach.
67 Moreover he rejected the tabernacle of Joseph, and chose not the tribe of Ephraim:
68 But chose the tribe of Judah, 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 tending the ewes with young he brought him, to be a shepherd of Jacob his people, and Israel his inheritance.
72 So he fed them according to the integrity of his heart; and guided them by the skilfulness of his hands.