The men of Ephraim, though armed with bows,1 turned back on the day of battle;2
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they did not keep God's covenant3 and refused to live by his law.4
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They forgot what he had done,5 the wonders he had shown them.
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He did miracles6 in the sight of their fathers in the land of Egypt,7 in the region of Zoan.8
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He divided the sea9 and led them through; he made the water stand firm like a wall.10
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He guided them with the cloud by day and with light from the fire all night.11
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He split the rocks12 in the desert and gave them water as abundant as the seas;
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he brought streams out of a rocky crag and made water flow down like rivers.
But they continued to sin13 against him, rebelling in the desert against the Most High.
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They willfully put God to the test14 by demanding the food they craved.15
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They spoke against God,16 saying, "Can God spread a table in the desert?
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When he struck the rock, water gushed out,17 and streams flowed abundantly. But can he also give us food? Can he supply meat18 for his people?"
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When the LORD heard them, he was very angry; his fire broke out19 against Jacob, and his wrath rose against Israel,
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for they did not believe in God or trust20 in his deliverance.
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Yet he gave a command to the skies above and opened the doors of the heavens;21
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he rained down manna22 for the people to eat, he gave them the grain of heaven.
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Men ate the bread of angels; he sent them all the food they could eat.
He let loose the east wind23 from the heavens and led forth the south wind by his power.
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He rained meat down on them like dust, flying birds24 like sand on the seashore.
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He made them come down inside their camp, all around their tents.
They ate till they had more than enough,25 for he had given them what they craved.
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But before they turned from the food they craved, even while it was still in their mouths,26
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God's anger rose against them; he put to death the sturdiest27 among them, cutting down the young men of Israel.
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In spite of all this, they kept on sinning;28 in spite of his wonders,29 they did not believe.30
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So he ended their days in futility31 and their years in terror.
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Whenever God slew them, they would seek32 him; they eagerly turned to him again.
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They remembered that God was their Rock,33 that God Most High was their Redeemer.34
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But then they would flatter him with their mouths,35 lying to him with their tongues;
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their hearts were not loyal36 to him, they were not faithful to his covenant.
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Yet he was merciful;37 he forgave38 their iniquities39 and did not destroy them. Time after time he restrained his anger40 and did not stir up his full wrath.
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He remembered that they were but flesh,41 a passing breeze42 that does not return.
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