Yet he, being 1compassionate, 2atoned for their iniquity and did not destroy them; he restrained his anger often and did not stir up all his wrath.
He 3remembered that they were but 4flesh, 5a wind that passes and comes not again.
How often they 6rebelled against him in the wilderness and 7grieved him in 8the desert!
They 9tested God again and again and provoked 10the Holy One of Israel.
They 11did not remember his power or the day when he redeemed them from the foe,
12when he performed his 13signs in Egypt and his 14marvels in 15the fields of Zoan.
He 16turned their rivers to blood, so that they could not drink of their streams.
He sent among them swarms of 17flies, which devoured them, and 18frogs, which destroyed them.
He gave their crops to 19the destroying locust and the fruit of their labor to the locust.
He destroyed their vines with 20hail and their sycamores with frost.
He gave over their 21cattle to the hail and their flocks to thunderbolts.
He let loose on them his burning anger, wrath, indignation, and distress, a company of 22destroying angels.
He made a path for his anger; he did not spare them from death, but gave their lives over to the plague.
He struck down every 23firstborn in Egypt, the firstfruits of their strength in the tents of 24Ham.
Then he led out his people 25like sheep and guided them in the wilderness like a flock.
26He led them in safety, so that they 27were not afraid, but 28the sea overwhelmed their enemies.
And he brought them to his 29holy land, 30to the mountain which his right hand had 31won.
He 32drove out nations before them; he 33apportioned them for a possession and settled the tribes of Israel in their tents.
Yet they 34tested and 35rebelled against the Most High God and did not keep his testimonies,
but turned away and acted treacherously like their fathers; they twisted like 36a deceitful bow.
For they 37provoked him to anger with their 38high places; they 39moved him to jealousy with their 40idols.
When God heard, he was full of 41wrath, and he utterly rejected Israel.
He 42forsook his dwelling at 43Shiloh, the tent where he dwelt among mankind,
and delivered his 44power to captivity, his 45glory to the hand of the foe.
He 46gave his people over to the sword and 47vented his wrath on his heritage.
48Fire devoured their young men, and their young women had no 49marriage song.
Their 50priests fell by the sword, and their 51widows made no lamentation.
Then the Lord 52awoke as from sleep, like a strong man shouting because of wine.
And he 53put his adversaries to rout; he put them to everlasting shame.
He rejected the tent of 54Joseph; he did not choose the tribe of Ephraim,
but he chose the tribe of Judah, Mount Zion, which he 55loves.
He 56built his sanctuary like the high heavens, like the earth, which he has founded forever.
He 57chose David his servant and took him from the sheepfolds;
from 58following the nursing ewes he brought him to 59shepherd Jacob his people, Israel his 60inheritance.
With 61upright heart he shepherded them and 62guided them with his skillful hand.