But he brought his people out like a flock;1 he led them like sheep through the desert.
He guided them safely, so they were unafraid; but the sea engulfed2 their enemies.354
Thus he brought them to the border of his holy land, to the hill country his right hand4 had taken.
He drove out nations5 before them and allotted their lands to them as an inheritance;6 he settled the tribes of Israel in their homes.
But they put God to the test and rebelled against the Most High; they did not keep his statutes.
Like their fathers7 they were disloyal and faithless, as unreliable as a faulty bow.858
They angered him9 with their high places;10 they aroused his jealousy with their idols.1159
When God heard12 them, he was very angry;13 he rejected Israel14 completely.
He abandoned the tabernacle of Shiloh,15 the tent he had set up among men.1661
He sent [the ark of] his might17 into captivity,18 his splendor into the hands of the enemy.
He gave his people over to the sword;19 he was very angry with his inheritance.20