But they put God to the test and rebelled against the Most High; they did not keep his statutes.
Like their fathers1 they were disloyal and faithless, as unreliable as a faulty bow.2
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They angered him3 with their high places;4 they aroused his jealousy with their idols.5
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When God heard6 them, he was very angry;7 he rejected Israel8 completely.
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He abandoned the tabernacle of Shiloh,9 the tent he had set up among men.10
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He sent [the ark of] his might11 into captivity,12 his splendor into the hands of the enemy.
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He gave his people over to the sword;13 he was very angry with his inheritance.14
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Fire consumed15 their young men, and their maidens had no wedding songs;16
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their priests were put to the sword,17 and their widows could not weep.
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Then the Lord awoke as from sleep,18 as a man wakes from the stupor of wine.
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He beat back his enemies; he put them to everlasting shame.19
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Then he rejected the tents of Joseph, he did not choose the tribe of Ephraim;20
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but he chose the tribe of Judah,21 Mount Zion,22 which he loved.
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He built his sanctuary23 like the heights, like the earth that he established forever.
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He chose David24 his servant and took him from the sheep pens;
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from tending the sheep25 he brought him to be the shepherd26 of his people Jacob, of Israel his inheritance.
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And David shepherded them with integrity of heart;27 with skillful hands he led them.
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