11Listen, O my people, to my ainstruction; 2Incline your ears to the words of my mouth.
I will 3open my mouth in a parable; I will utter4darksayings of old,
3Which we have heard and known, And 5our fathers have told us.
We will 6not conceal them from their children, But 7tell to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, And His strength and His 8wondrousworks that He has done.
For He established a 9testimony in Jacob And appointed a 10law in Israel, Which He 11commanded our fathers That they should b12teach them to their children,
613That the generation to come might know, even 14the children yet to be born, That they may arise and 15tell them to their children,
That they should put their confidence in God And 16not forget the works of God, But 17keep His commandments,
And 18not be like their fathers, A 19stubborn and rebelliousgeneration, A generation that 20did not cprepare its heart And whose spirit was not 21faithful to God.
The sons of Ephraimdwere 22archersequipped with bows, Yet 23they turnedback in the day of battle.
They 24did not keep the covenant of God And refused to 25walk in His law;
They 26forgot His deeds And His emiracles that He had shown them.
1227He wroughtwondersbefore their fathers In the land of Egypt, in the 28field of Zoan.
He 29divided the sea and caused them to passthrough, And He made the watersstand30up like a heap.
Then He led them with the cloud by 31day And all the night with a 32light of fire.
He 33split the rocks in the wilderness And gave them abundantdrink like the oceandepths.
He 34broughtforthstreams also from the rock And caused waters to rundown like rivers.
Yet they stillcontinued to sin against Him, To 35rebel against the MostHigh in the desert.
And in their heart they 36putGod to the test By asking37food according to their desire.
Then they spoke against God; They said, "38CanGodprepare a table in the wilderness?
20"Behold, He 39struck the rock so that watersgushed out, And streams were overflowing; Can He givebreadalso? Will He providef40meat for His people?"
21Therefore the LORDheard and gwas 41full of wrath; And a fire was kindled against Jacob And angeralsomounted against Israel,
22Because they 42did not believe in God And did not trust in His salvation.
Yet He commanded the cloudsabove And 43opened the doors of heaven;
He 44raineddownmanna upon them to eat And gave them h45food from heaven.
25Man did eat the bread of iangels; He sent them jfoodk46in abundance.
He 47caused the eastwind to blow in the heavens And by His lpower He directed the southwind.
When He rainedmmeat upon them like the dust, Even 48wingedfowl like the sand of the seas,
Then He let them fall in the midst of ntheir camp, Roundabout their dwellings.
So they 49ate and were wellfilled, And their desire He gave to them.
30oBefore they had satisfied their desire, 50While their food was in their mouths,
The 51anger of Godrose against them And killedpsome of their 52stoutest ones, And qsubdued the choicemen of Israel.
In spite of allthis they 53stillsinned And 54did not believe in His wonderfulworks.
So He brought55their days to an end in rfutility And their years in suddenterror.
34When He killed them, then they 56sought Him, And returned and searched57diligently for God;
And they remembered that God was their 58rock, And the MostHighGod their 59Redeemer.
But they 60deceived Him with their mouth And 61lied to Him with their tongue.
For their heart was not 62steadfasttoward Him, Nor were they faithful in His covenant.
But He, being 63compassionate, s64forgave their iniquity and did not destroy them; And often He t65restrained His anger And did not arouseall His wrath.
Thus 66He remembered that they were but 67flesh, A u68wind that passes and does not return.
40Howoften they 69rebelled against Him in the wilderness And 70grieved Him in the 71desert!
41Again and again they v72temptedGod, And pained the 73HolyOne of Israel.
They 74did not remember75His wpower, The daywhen He 76redeemed them from the adversary,
43When He performed His 77signs in Egypt And His 78marvels in the field of Zoan,
And 79turned their rivers to blood, And their streams, they could not drink.
He sent among them swarms of 80flies which devoured them, And 81frogs which destroyed them.
He gave also their crops to the 82grasshopper And the product of their labor to the 83locust.
He xdestroyed their vines with 84hailstones And their sycamoretrees with frost.
He gaveover their 85cattle also to the hailstones And their herds to bolts of lightning.
He 86sent upon them His burninganger, Fury and indignation and trouble, yA band of destroyingangels.
He leveled a path for His anger; He did not spare their soul from death, But 87gaveover their life to the plague,
And 88smoteall the firstborn in Egypt, The 89first issue of their virility in the tents of 90Ham.
But He 91ledforth His own people like sheep And guided them in the wilderness92like a flock;
He led them 93safely, so that they did not fear; But 94the seaengulfed their enemies.
So 95He brought them to His holyzland, To thisaa96hillcountry97which His righthand had gained.
He also 98drove out the nationsbefore them And 99apportioned them for an inheritance by measurement, And made the tribes of Israeldwell in their tents.
Yet they bb100tempted and 101rebelledagainst the MostHighGod And did not keep His testimonies,
But turnedback and 102actedtreacherously like their fathers; They 103turnedaside like a treacherousbow.
For they 104provoked Him with their 105highplaces And 106aroused His jealousy with their 107gravenimages.
When Godheard, He ccwas filled with 108wrath And greatly109abhorredIsrael;
So that He 110abandoned the 111dwellingplace at Shiloh, The tentddwhich He had pitched among men,
And gave up His 112strength to captivity And His glory113into the hand of the adversary.
He also 114delivered His people to the sword, And eewas filled with wrath at His inheritance.
63115FiredevouredffHis youngmen, And ggHis 116virgins had noweddingsongs.
64hhHis 117priestsfell by the sword, And iiHis 118widows could not weep.
Then the Lord119awoke as if from sleep, Like a 120warriorjjovercome by wine.
He kk121drove His adversariesbackward; He put on them an everlastingreproach.
He also 122rejected the tent of Joseph, And did not choose the tribe of Ephraim,
But chose the tribe of Judah, Mount123Zionwhich He loved.
And He 124built His sanctuarylike the heights, Like the earth which He has foundedforever.
He also 125choseDavid His servant And took him from the sheepfolds ;
From ll126the care of the mmewes127with sucklinglambs He brought him To 128shepherdJacob His people, And Israel129His inheritance.
So he shepherded them according to the 130integrity of his heart, And guided them with his skillfulhands.