| ||GIVE ear, O my people, to my law: 1|
Incline your ears to the words of my mouth.
| ||I will open my mouth in a parable;|
I will utter dark sayings of old,
| ||Which we have heard and known,|
And our fathers have told us.
| ||We will not hide them from their children,|
Telling to the generation to come the praises of Jehovah,
And his strength, and his wondrous works that he hath done.
| ||For he established a testimony in Jacob,|
And appointed a law in Israel,
Which he commanded our fathers,
That they should make them known to their children;
| ||That the generation to come might know them, even the children that should be born;|
Who should arise and tell them to their children,
| ||That they might set their hope in God,|
And not forget the works of God,
But keep his commandments,
| ||And might not be as their fathers,|
A stubborn and rebellious generation,
A generation that 2 set not their heart aright,
And whose spirit was not stedfast with God.
| ||The children of Ephraim, being armed and carrying bows,|
Turned back in the day of battle.
| ||They kept not the covenant of God,|
And refused to walk in his law;
| ||And they forgat his doings,|
And his wondrous works that he had showed them.
| ||Marvellous things did he in the sight of their fathers,|
In the land of Egypt, in the field of Zoan.
| ||He clave the sea, and caused them to pass through;|
And he made the waters to stand as a heap.
| ||In the day-time also he led them with a cloud,|
And all the night with a light of fire.
| ||He clave rocks in the wilderness,|
And gave them drink abundantly as out of the depths.
| ||He brought streams also out of the rock,|
And caused waters to run down like rivers.
| ||Yet went they on still to sin against him,|
To rebel against the Most High in the 3 desert.
| ||And they tempted God in their heart|
By asking food according 4 to their desire.
| ||Yea, they spake against God;|
They said, Can God prepare a table in the wilderness?
| ||Behold, he smote the rock, so that waters gushed out,|
And streams overflowed;
Can he give bread also?
Will he provide flesh for his people?
| ||Therefore Jehovah heard, and was wroth;|
And a fire was kindled against Jacob,
And anger also went up against Israel;
| ||Because they believed not in God,|
And trusted not in his salvation.
| ||Yet he commanded the skies above,|
And opened the doors of heaven;
| ||And he rained down manna upon them to eat,|
And gave them food 5 from heaven.
| ||Man 6 did eat the bread of the mighty:|
He sent them food to the full.
| ||He caused 7 the est wind to blow in the heavens;|
And by his power he guided the south wind.
| ||He rained flesh also upon them as the dust,|
And winged birds as the sand of the seas:
| ||And he let it fall in the midst of their camp,|
Round about their habitations.
| ||So they did eat, and were well filled;|
And he gave them their own desire.
| ||They were not estranged from that which they desired,|
Their food was yet in their mouths,
| ||When the anger of God went up against them,|
And slew of the fattest of them,
And smote down the young men of Israel.
| ||For all this they sinned still,|
And believed not in his wondrous works.
| ||Therefore their days did he consume in vanity,|
And their years in terror.
| ||When he slew them, then they inquired after him;|
And they returned and sought God earnestly.
| ||And they remembered that God was their rock,|
And the Most High God their redeemer.
| ||But they flattered him with their mouth,|
And lied unto him with their tongue.
| ||For their heart was not right 8 with him,|
Neither were they faithful in his covenant.
| ||But he, being merciful, forgave their iniquity, and destroyed them not:|
Yea, many a time turned he his anger away,
And did not stir up all his wrath.
| ||And he remembered that they were but flesh,|
A wind that passeth away, and cometh not again.
| ||How oft did they rebel against him in the wilderness,|
And grieve him in the desert!
| ||And they turned again and tempted God,|
And provoked 9 the Holy One of Israel.
| ||They remembered not his hand,|
Nor the day when he redeemed them from the adversary;
| ||How he set his signs in Egypt,|
And his wonders in the field of Zoan,
| ||And turned their rivers into blood,|
And their streams, so that they could not drink.
| ||He sent among them swarms of flies, which devoured them;|
And frogs, which destroyed them.
| ||He gave also their increase unto the caterpillar,|
And their labor unto the locust.
| ||He destroyed 10 their vines with hail,|
And their sycomore-trees with frost. 11
| ||He gave over their cattle also to the hail,|
And their flocks to hot thunderbolts.
| ||He cast upon them the fierceness of his anger,|
Wrath, and indignation, and trouble,
A 12 band of angels of evil.
| ||He made 13 a path for his anger;|
He spared not their soul from death,
But gave their 14 life over the pestilence,
| ||And smote all the first-born in Egypt,|
The chief 15 of their strength in the tents of Ham.
| ||But he led forth his own people like sheep,|
And guided them in the wilderness like a flock.
| ||And he led them safely, so that they feared not;|
But the sea overwhelmed their enemies.
| ||And he brought them to the 16 border of his sanctuary,|
To this mountain, 17 which his right hand had gotten.
| ||He drove out the nations also before them,|
And allotted them for an inheritance by line,
And made the tribes of Israel to dwell in their tents.
| ||Yet they tempted and rebelled against the Most High God,|
And kept not his testimonies;
| ||But turned back, and dealt treacherously like their fathers:|
They were turned aside like a deceitful bow.
| ||For they provoked him to anger with their high places,|
And moved him to jealousy with their graven images.
| ||When God heard this, he was wroth,|
And greatly abhorred Israel;
| ||So that he forsook the tabernacle of Shiloh,|
The tent which he placed among men;
| ||And delivered his strength into captivity,|
And his glory into the adversarys hand.
| ||He gave his people over also unto the sword,|
And was wroth with his inheritance.
| ||Fire devoured their young men;|
And their virgins had no marriage-song.
| ||Their priests fell by the sword;|
And their widows made no lamentation.
| ||Then the Lord awaked as one out of sleep,|
Like a mighty man that shouteth by reason of wine.
| ||And he smote his adversaries backward:|
He put them to a perpetual reproach.
| ||Moreover he refused the tent of Joseph,|
And chose not the tribe of Ephraim,
| ||But chose the tribe of Judah,|
The mount Zion which he loved.
| ||And he built his sanctuary like the heights,|
Like the earth which he hath established for ever.
| ||He chose David also his servant,|
And took him from the sheepfolds:
| ||From following the ewes that have their young he brought him,|
To be the shepherd of Jacob his people, and Israel his inheritance.
| ||So he was their shepherd according to the integrity of his heart,|
And guided them by the skilfulness of his hands.