Psalm 78. Attendite, popule.
From the Book of Divine Worship
- The Psalter or Psalms of David - Traditional - Fifteenth Day - Evening Prayer.
- HEAR my law, O my people; *
incline your ears unto the words of my mouth.
- I will open my mouth in a parable; *
I will declare hard sentences of old;
- Which we have heard and known, *
and such as our fathers have told us;
- That we should not hide them from the children of the generations to come; *
but to show the honour of the Lord, his mighty and wonderful works that he hath done.
- He made a covenant with Jacob, and gave Israel a law, *
which he commanded our forefathers to teach their children;
- That their posterity might know it, *
and the children which were yet unborn;
- To the intent that when they came up, *
they might show their children the same;
- That they might put their trust in God; *
and not to forget the works of God, but to keep his commandments;
- And not to be as their forefathers, a faithless and stubborn generation; *
a generation that set not their heart aright, and whose spirit clave not stedfastly unto God;
- Like as the children of Ephraim; *
who being harnessed, and carrying bows, turned themselves back in the day of battle.
- They kept not the covenant of God, *
and would not walk in his law;
- But forgat what he had done, *
and the wonderful works that he had showed for them.
- Marvellous things did he in the sight of our forefathers, in the land of Egypt, *
even in the field of Zoan.
- He divided the sea, and let them go through; *
he made the waters to stand on an heap.
- In the day-time also he led them with a cloud, *
and all the night through with a light of fire.
- He clave the hard rocks in the wilderness, *
and gave them drink thereof, as it had been out of the great depth.
- He brought waters out of the stony rock, *
so that it gushed out like the rivers.
- Yet for all this they sinned more against him, *
and provoked the Most Highest in the wilderness.
- They tempted God in their hearts, *
and required meat for their lust.
- They spake against God also, saying, *
Shall God prepare a table in the wilderness?
- He smote the stony rock indeed, that the water gushed out, and the streams flowed withal; *
but can he give bread also, or provide flesh for his people?
- When the Lord heard this, he was wroth; *
so the fire was kindled in Jacob, and there came up heavy displeasure against Israel;
- Because they believed not in God, *
and put not their trust in his help.
- So he commanded the clouds above, *
and opened the doors of heaven.
- He rained down manna also upon them for to eat, *
and gave them food from heaven.
- So man did eat angels' food; *
for he sent them meat enough.
- He caused the east-wind to blow under heaven; *
and through his power he brought in the southwest wind.
- He rained flesh upon them as thick as dust, *
and feathered fowls like as the sand of the sea.
- He let it fall among their tents, *
even round about their habitation.
- So they did eat, and were well filled; for he gave them their own desire: *
they were not disappointed of their lust.
- But while the meat was yet in their mouths, the heavy wrath of God came upon them, and slew the wealthiest of them; *
yea, and smote down the chosen men that were in Israel.
- But for all this they sinned yet more, *
and believed not his wondrous works.
- Therefore their days did he consume in vanity, *
and their years in trouble.
- When he slew them, they sought him, *
and turned them early, and inquired after God.
- And they remembered that God was their strength, *
and that the High God was their redeemer.
- Nevertheless, they did but flatter him with their mouth, *
and dissembled with him in their tongue.
- For their heart was not whole with him, *
neither continued they stedfast in his covenant.
- But he was so merciful, that he forgave their misdeeds, *
and destroyed them not.
- Yea, many a time turned he his wrath away, *
and would not suffer his whole displeasure to arise.
- For he considered that they were but flesh, *
and that they were even a wind that passeth away, and cometh not again.
- Many a time did they provoke him in the wilderness, *
and grieved him in the desert.
- They turned back, and tempted God, *
and provoked the Holy One in Israel.
- They thought not of his hand, *
and of the day when he delivered them from the hand of the enemy;
- How he had wrought his miracles in Egypt, *
and his wonders in the field of Zoan.
- He turned their waters into blood, *
so that they might not drink of the rivers.
- He sent flies among them, and devoured them up; *
and frogs to destroy them.
- He gave their fruit unto the caterpillar, *
and their labour unto the grasshopper.
- He destroyed their vines with hailstones, *
and their mulberry-trees with the frost.
- He smote their cattle also with hailstones, *
and their flocks with hot thunderbolts.
- He cast upon them the furiousness of his wrath, anger, displeasure, and trouble: *
and sent evil angels among them.
- He made a way to his indignation, and spared not their soul from death; *
but gave their life over to the pestilence;
- And smote all the firstborn in Egypt, *
the most principal and mightiest in the dwellings of Ham.
- But as for his own people, he led them forth like sheep, *
and carried them in the wilderness like a flock.
- He brought them out safely, that they should not fear, *
and overwhelmed their enemies with the sea.
- And brought them within the borders of his sanctuary, *
even to this mountain, which he purchased with his right hand.
- He cast out the heathen also before them, *
caused their land to be divided among them for an heritage, and made the tribes of Israel to dwell in their tents.
- Yet they tempted and displeased the Most High God, *
and kept not his testimonies.
- They turned their backs, and fell away like their forefathers; *
starting aside like a broken bow.
- For they grieved him with their hill-altars, *
and provoked him to displeasure with their images.
- When God heard this, he was wroth, *
and took sore displeasure at Israel;
- So that he forsook the tabernacle in Shiloh, *
even the tent that he had pitched among men.
- He delivered their power into captivity, *
and their beauty into the enemy's hand
- He gave his people over also unto the sword, *
and was wroth with his inheritance.
- The fire consumed their young men, *
and their maidens were not given in marriage.
- Their priests were slain with the sword, *
and there were no widows to make lamentation.
- So the Lord awaked as one out of sleep, *
and like a giant refreshed with wine.
- He drave his enemies backward, *
and put them to a perpetual shame.
- He refused the tabernacle of Joseph, *
and chose not the tribe of Ephraim;
- But chose the tribe of Judah, *
even the hill of Sion which he loved.
- And there he built his temple on high, *
and laid the foundation of it like the ground which he hath made continually.
- He chose David also his servant, *
and took him away from the sheep-folds:
- As he was following the ewes with their young he took him, *
that he might feed Jacob his people, and Israel his inheritance.
- So he fed them with a faithful and true heart, *
and ruled them prudently with all his power.
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