Give ear , O my people, to my law: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.
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 .
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 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 rebelliousgeneration; a generation that set not their heartaright , and whose spirit was not stedfast with God.9
The children of Ephraim, being armed , and carryingabows, turned back in the 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.
Marvellous thingsdid 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 greatdepths.16
He broughtstreams 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 temptedGod in their heart by askingmeat for their lust.19
Yea, they spake against God; they said , CanGodfurnishb a table in the wilderness?20
Behold, he smote the rock, that the waters gushed out , and the streamsoverflowed ; can he givebread also? can he provideflesh for his people?21
Therefore the LORDheard this, and was wroth : so 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
Though he had commanded the clouds from above, and opened the doors of heaven,24
And had rained downmanna upon them to eat , and had given them of the corn of heaven.25Manc did eatangels'food: he sent them meat to the full.26
He caused an east wind to blowd in the heaven: and by his power he brought in the south wind.27
He rainedflesh also upon them as dust, and featheredefowls 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 wellfilled : for he gave them their own desire;30
They were not estranged from their lust. But while their meat was yet in their mouths,31
The wrath of Godcame 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 .
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 highGod their redeemer .
Nevertheless they did flatter him with their mouth, and they lied unto him with their tongues.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 timeturned he his angeraway , and did not stir up all his wrath.39
For he remembered that they were but flesh; a wind that passeth away , and cometh not again .
40How oft did they provokef him in the wilderness, and grieve him in the desert!41
Yea, they turned back and temptedGod, and limited the Holy One of Israel.42
They remembered not his hand, nor the day when he delivered them from the enemy.43
How he had wroughtg 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 .
He sent divers sorts of flies among them, which devoured them; and frogs, which destroyed them.
He gave also their increase unto the caterpiller, and their labour unto the locust.47
He destroyedh 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 sendingevilangels among them.
He madei a way to his anger; he spared not their soul from death, but gave their lifeover to the pestilence;51
And smote all the firstborn in Egypt; the chief of their strength in the tabernacles of Ham:52
But made his own people to go 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 seaoverwhelmedj their enemies .
And he brought them to the border of his sanctuary, even to this mountain, which his right hand had purchased .
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 highGod, and kept not his testimonies:57
But turned back , and dealt unfaithfully like their fathers: they were turned aside like a deceitfulbow.58
For they provoked him to anger with their high places, and moved him to jealousy with their graven images.59
When Godheard this, he was wroth , and greatlyabhorredIsrael: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'shand.62
He gave his peopleover also unto the sword; and was wroth with his inheritance.63
The fireconsumed their young men; and their maidens were not given to marriage .
Their priestsfell by the sword; and their widows made no lamentation .
Then the Lordawaked as one out of sleep, and like a mighty man that shouteth by reason of wine.66
And he smote his enemies in the hinder parts: he put them to a perpetualreproach.67
Moreover he refused the tabernacle of Joseph, and chose not the tribe of Ephraim:68
But chose the tribe of Judah, the mountZion which he loved .
And he built his sanctuary like high palaces, like the earth which he hath establishedk for ever.70
He choseDavid also his servant, and took him from the sheepfolds :
From followingl the ewes great with young he brought him to feedJacob 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.