Psalms 78:41

41 Again and again they put God to the test; they vexed the Holy One of Israel.

Psalms 78:41 in Other Translations

41 Yea, they turned back and tempted God, and limited the Holy One of Israel.
41 They tested God again and again and provoked the Holy One of Israel.
41 Again and again they tested God’s patience and provoked the Holy One of Israel.
41 Time and again they pushed him to the limit, provoked Israel's Holy God.
41 They constantly tested God and provoked the Holy One of Israel.

Psalms 78:41 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 78:41

Yea, they turned back, and tempted God
They talked of going back to Egypt, and of choosing a captain to lead them back thither, ( Numbers 14:3 Numbers 14:4 ) , and they turned back from the Lord, and from his good ways, and chose their own ways, and followed after idols; or the sense is, they again tempted God, not only at Meribah, but elsewhere; they tempted him again and again, even ten times, as before observed:

and limited the Holy One of Israel;
or "signed" F4 him; signed him with a sign, so the Targum; they tempted him by asking a sign of him, as Jarchi interprets it; insisting that a miracle be wrought, by which it might be known whether the Lord was among them or not, ( Exodus 17:7 ) , with which compare ( Matthew 16:1 ) , or they set bounds, so Kimchi; to his power and goodness, saying, this he could do, and the other he could not; see ( Psalms 78:19 Psalms 78:20 ) , and so men limit the Lord when they fix on a blessing they would have, even that, and not another; and the measure of it, to what degree it should be bestowed on them, as well as set the time when they would have it; whereas the blessing itself, and the degree of it, and the time of giving it, should be all left with the Lord; who knows which and what of it is most convenient for us, and when is the best time to bestow it on us.


F4 (wwth) "signaverunt", Pagninus.

Psalms 78:41 In-Context

39 He remembered that they were but flesh, a passing breeze that does not return.
40 How often they rebelled against him in the wilderness and grieved him in the wasteland!
41 Again and again they put God to the test; they vexed the Holy One of Israel.
42 They did not remember his power— the day he redeemed them from the oppressor,
43 the day he displayed his signs in Egypt, his wonders in the region of Zoan.

Cross References 2

  • 1. S Exodus 17:2; Numbers 14:22
  • 2. S 2 Kings 19:22; Psalms 71:22; Psalms 89:18
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