Pay attention to what I say.
I will speak about things that were hidden.
They happened a long time ago.
Our people who lived before us have told us about them.
We will tell them to those who live after us.
We will tell them about what the Lord has done that is worthy of praise.
We will talk about his power and the wonderful things he has done.
He gave Israel their law.
He commanded our people who lived before us
to teach his laws to their children.
Even their children yet to come would know them.
And they in turn would tell their children.
They would not forget what he had done.
They would obey his commands.
Those people were stubborn. They refused to obey God.
Their hearts were not true to him.
Their spirits were not faithful to him.
But they ran away on the day of battle.
They refused to live by his law.
They didn’t remember the wonders he had shown them.
At that time they were living in the land of Egypt, in the area of Zoan.
He made the water stand up like a wall.
He led them with the light of a fire all night long.
He gave them as much water as there is in the oceans.
He made water flow down like rivers.
In the desert they refused to obey the Most High God.
They ordered him to give them the food they longed for.
“Can God put food on a table in the desert?
Huge amounts of water flowed down.
But can he also give us food?
Can he supply meat for his people?”
His anger broke out like fire against the people of Jacob.
He became very angry with Israel.
They didn’t trust in his power to save them.
He opened the doors of the heavens.
He gave them the grain of heaven.
He sent them all of the food they could eat.
By his power he caused the south wind to blow.
He sent them birds like sand on the seashore.
The birds fell all around their tents.
He gave them what they had longed for.
He did it while the food was still in their mouths.
He put to death the strongest among them.
He struck down Israel’s young men.
Even after they had seen the miracles he did, they still didn’t believe.
He ended their years with terror.
They gladly turned back to him again.
They remembered that God Most High had set them free.
They lied to him when they spoke.
They weren’t faithful to the covenant he had made with them.
He forgave their sins
and didn’t destroy his people.
Time after time he held back his anger.
He didn’t let all of his burning anger blaze out.
He remembered they were only a breath of air
that drifts by and doesn’t return.
How often they caused him sorrow in that dry and empty land!
They made the Holy One of Israel sad and angry.
They forgot the day he set them free
from those who had beaten them down.
They forgot his miracles in the area of Zoan.
The people of Egypt couldn’t drink water from their streams.
He sent frogs that destroyed their land.
He gave their food to the locusts.
He destroyed their fig trees with sleet.
Their livestock were struck by lightning.
In his hot anger he sent destroying angels against them.
He didn’t spare their lives.
He gave them over to the plague.
He struck down the oldest son in every house in the land of Ham.
He led them like sheep through the desert.
But the Red Sea swallowed up their enemies.
He led them to the central hill country he had taken by his power.
He gave to each family a piece of land to pass on to their children.
He settled the tribes of Israel in their homes.
They refused to obey the Most High God.
They didn’t keep his laws.
they turned away from him and were not faithful.
They were like a bow that doesn’t shoot straight.
They couldn’t be trusted.
They made him jealous by worshiping the statues of their gods.
He turned away from them completely.
He left the tent he had set up among his people.
Into the hands of his enemies he sent the ark where his glory rested.
He was very angry with them.
Their young women had no one to get married to.
Their widows weren’t able to cry.
He was like a man waking up from the deep sleep caused by wine.
He put them to shame that will last forever.
He didn’t choose to live in the tribe of Ephraim.
He chose Mount Zion, which he loved.
He built it to last forever, like the earth.
He took him from the sheep pens.
to be the shepherd of his people Jacob.
He made him the shepherd of Israel, his special people.
With skilled hands he led them.
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