A psalm* of Asaph.
Open your ears to what I am saying,
I will teach you hidden lessons from our past—
stories our ancestors handed down to us.
we will tell the next generation
about the glorious deeds of the Lord,
about his power and his mighty wonders.
he gave his instructions to Israel.
He commanded our ancestors
to teach them to their children,
even the children not yet born—
and they in turn will teach their own children.
not forgetting his glorious miracles
and obeying his commands.
stubborn, rebellious, and unfaithful,
refusing to give their hearts to God.
turned their backs and fled on the day of battle.
and refused to live by his instructions.
the great wonders he had shown them,
on the plain of Zoan in the land of Egypt.
making the water stand up like walls!
and all night by a pillar of fire.
to give them water, as from a gushing spring.
making the waters flow down like a river!
rebelling against the Most High in the desert.
demanding the foods they craved.
“God can’t give us food in the wilderness.
but he can’t give his people bread and meat.”
The fire of his wrath burned against Jacob.
Yes, his anger rose against Israel,
or trust him to care for them.
he opened the doors of heaven.
he gave them bread from heaven.
God gave them all they could hold.
and guided the south wind by his mighty power.
birds as plentiful as the sand on the seashore!
and all around their tents.
He gave them what they craved.
while the meat was yet in their mouths,
and he killed their strongest men.
He struck down the finest of Israel’s young men.
Despite his wonders, they refused to trust him.
their years in terror.
they finally sought him.
They repented and took God seriously.
that God Most High* was their redeemer.
they lied to him with their tongues.
They did not keep his covenant.
and did not destroy them all.
Many times he held back his anger
and did not unleash his fury!
gone like a breath of wind that never returns.
and grieved his heart in that dry wasteland.
and provoked the Holy One of Israel.
and how he rescued them from their enemies.
his wonders on the plain of Zoan.
so no one could drink from the streams.
and hordes of frogs to ruin them.
their harvest was consumed by locusts.
and shattered their sycamore-figs with sleet.
their livestock to bolts of lightning.
all his fury, rage, and hostility.
He dispatched against them
a band of destroying angels.
he did not spare the Egyptians’ lives
but ravaged them with the plague.
the flower of youth throughout the land of Egypt.*
guiding them safely through the wilderness.
but the sea covered their enemies.
to this land of hills he had won for them.
he gave them their inheritance by lot.
He settled the tribes of Israel into their homes.
They did not obey his laws.
They were as undependable as a crooked bow.
they made him jealous with their idols.
and he completely rejected Israel.
the Tabernacle where he had lived among the people.
he surrendered his glory into enemy hands.
because he was so angry with his own people—his special possession.
their young women died before singing their wedding songs.
and their widows could not mourn their deaths.
like a warrior aroused from a drunken stupor.
and sent them to eternal shame.
he did not choose the tribe of Ephraim.
and Mount Zion, which he loved.
as solid and enduring as the earth.
calling him from the sheep pens.
and made him the shepherd of Jacob’s descendants—
God’s own people, Israel.
and led them with skillful hands.
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