Psalm 78:1-20

Lessons from Israel's Past

A Maskil of Asaph.

1 My people, hear my instruction; listen to what I say.
2 I will declare wise sayings; I will speak mysteries from the past-
3 things we have heard and known and that our fathers have passed down to us.
4 We must not hide them from their children, but must tell a future generation the praises of the Lord, His might, and the wonderful works He has performed.
5 He established a testimony in Jacob and set up a law in Israel, which He commanded our fathers to teach to their children
6 so that a future generation- children yet to be born-might know. They were to rise and tell their children
7 so that they might put their confidence in God and not forget God's works, but keep His commandments.
8 Then they would not be like their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation, a generation whose heart was not loyal and whose spirit was not faithful to God.
9 The Ephraimite archers turned back on the day of battle.
10 They did not keep God's covenant and refused to live by His law.
11 They forgot what He had done, the wonderful works He had shown them.
12 He worked wonders in the sight of their fathers, in the land of Egypt, the region of Zoan.
13 He split the sea and brought them across; the water stood firm like a wall.
14 He led them with a cloud by day and with a fiery light throughout the night.
15 He split rocks in the wilderness and gave them drink as abundant as the depths.
16 He brought streams out of the stone and made water flow down like rivers.
17 But they continued to sin against Him, rebelling in the desert against the Most High.
18 They deliberatelya tested God, demanding the food they craved.
19 They spoke against God, saying, "Is God able to provide food in the wilderness?
20 Look! He struck the rock and water gushed out; torrents overflowed. But can He also provide bread or furnish meat for His people?"
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