Psalm 78:62-72 NIV

62 He gave his people over to the sword;1 he was very angry with his inheritance.2

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63 Fire consumed3 their young men, and their maidens had no wedding songs;4

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64 their priests were put to the sword,5 and their widows could not weep.

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65 Then the Lord awoke as from sleep,6 as a man wakes from the stupor of wine.

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66 He beat back his enemies; he put them to everlasting shame.7

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67 Then he rejected the tents of Joseph, he did not choose the tribe of Ephraim;8

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68 but he chose the tribe of Judah,9 Mount Zion,10 which he loved.

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69 He built his sanctuary11 like the heights, like the earth that he established forever.

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70 He chose David12 his servant and took him from the sheep pens;

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71 from tending the sheep13 he brought him to be the shepherd14 of his people Jacob, of Israel his inheritance.

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72 And David shepherded them with integrity of heart;15 with skillful hands he led them.

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