Psalms 78:22

22 for they did not believe in God or trust in his deliverance.

Psalms 78:22 in Other Translations

22 Because they believed not in God, and trusted not in his salvation:
22 because they did not believe in God and did not trust his saving power.
22 for they did not believe God or trust him to care for them.
22 It was clear they didn't believe God, had no intention of trusting in his help.
22 because they did not believe God or rely on His salvation.

Psalms 78:22 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 78:22

Because they believed not in God
That he was able to give them bread, and provide flesh for them, or bring them through the wilderness to Canaan's land, as he had promised. God, and he only, is the object of faith, and he is to be believed in at all times, and for all things temporal and spiritual; and nothing is more displeasing to him than unbelief; for as faith gives glory to him, unbelief reflects dishonour upon him; faith sets its seal to him as true, but unbelief makes him a liar; and what is more provoking to man than to have his veracity called in question, and to be counted a liar? in short, as faith has salvation annexed to it, unbelief has damnation, and to whom did the Lord swear that they should not enter into his rest but to them that believed not? so great an evil is unbelief, and is the sin which "easily beset" F3 the Israelites, as appears from the context; see ( Hebrews 3:12-18 )

and trusted not in his salvation;
which he promised them, and bid them stand still and see, ( Exodus 14:13 ) , and of which they had had some proofs and instances in leading them through the Red sea, and thus far guiding them through the wilderness, and providing for them; and therefore had reason and encouragement to trust in the Lord, that he would yet be with them, and save them, and complete the mercy promised unto them.


F3 (euperistaton) , which Suidas, in voce (enperis) interprets a foolish thing; and it is thought by his learned editor Kusterus, in ibid. to allude to foolish persons, who stand round about a mountebank or juggler, gazing at his tricks with pleasure and admiration, being insnared by them.

Psalms 78:22 In-Context

20 True, he struck the rock, and water gushed out, streams flowed abundantly, but can he also give us bread? Can he supply meat for his people?”
21 When the LORD heard them, he was furious; his fire broke out against Jacob, and his wrath rose against Israel,
22 for they did not believe in God or trust in his deliverance.
23 Yet he gave a command to the skies above and opened the doors of the heavens;
24 he rained down manna for the people to eat, he gave them the grain of heaven.

Cross References 1

  • 1. S Deuteronomy 1:32; Hebrews 3:19