The Rain of Favour - Psalm 78

Give ear, O my people, to my law: incline your ears to the  words of my mouth. Psalm 78:1 

Psalm 78:2 I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of  old:  

Psalm 78:3 Which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us.  

Psalm 78:4 We will not hide them from their children, shewing to the  generation to come the praises of the LORD, and his strength, and  his wonderful works that he hath done.  

Psalm 78:5 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:  

Psalm 78:6 That the generation to come might know them, even the children  which should be born; who should arise and declare them to  their children:  

Psalm 78:7 That they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works  of God, but keep his commandments:  

Psalm 78:8 And might not be as their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious  generation; a generation that set not their heart aright, and  whose spirit was not stedfast with God.  

Psalm 78:9 The children of Ephraim, being armed, and carrying bows,  turned back in the day of battle.  

Psalm 78:10 They kept not the covenant of God, and refused to walk in his  law;  

Psalm 78:11 And forgat his works, and his wonders that he had shewed them.  

Psalm 78:12 Marvellous things did he in the sight of their fathers, in the  land of Egypt, in the field of Zoan.  

Psalm 78:13 He divided the sea, and caused them to pass through; and he  made the waters to stand as an heap.  

Psalm 78:14 In the daytime also he led them with a cloud, and all the night  with a light of fire.  

Psalm 78:15 He clave the rocks in the wilderness, and gave them drink as  out of the great depths.  

Psalm 78:16 He brought streams also out of the rock, and caused waters to  run down like rivers.  

Psalm 78:17 And they sinned yet more against him by provoking the most High  in the wilderness.  

Psalm 78:18 And they tempted God in their heart by asking meat for their  lust.  

Psalm 78:19 Yea, they spake against God; they said, Can God furnish a table  in the wilderness?  

Psalm 78:20 Behold, he smote the rock, that the waters gushed out, and the  streams overflowed; can he give bread also? can he provide flesh  for his people?  

Psalm 78:21 Therefore the LORD heard this, and was wroth: so a fire was  kindled against Jacob, and anger also came up against Israel;  

Psalm 78:22 Because they believed not in God, and trusted not in his  salvation:  

Psalm 78:23 Though he had commanded the clouds from above, and opened the  doors of heaven,  

Psalm 78:24 And had rained down manna upon them to eat, and had given them  of the corn of heaven.  

Psalm 78:25 Man did eat angels’ food: he sent them meat to the full.  

Psalm 78:26 He caused an east wind to blow in the heaven: and by his power  he brought in the south wind.  

Psalm 78:27 He rained flesh also upon them as dust, and feathered fowls  like as the sand of the sea:  

Psalm 78:28 And he let it fall in the midst of their camp, round about  their habitations.  

Psalm 78:29 So they did eat, and were well filled: for he gave them their  own desire;   

Psalm 78:30 They were not estranged from their lust. But while their meat  was yet in their mouths,  

Psalm 78:31 The wrath of God came upon them, and slew the fattest of them,  and smote down the chosen men of Israel.  

Psalm 78:32 For all this they sinned still, and believed not for his  wondrous works.  

Psalm 78:33 Therefore their days did he consume in vanity, and their years  in trouble.  

Psalm 78:34 When he slew them, then they sought him: and they returned and  enquired early after God.  

Psalm 78:35 And they remembered that God was their rock, and the high God  their redeemer.  

Psalm 78:36 Nevertheless they did flatter him with their mouth, and they  lied unto him with their tongues.  

Psalm 78:37 For their heart was not right with him, neither were they  stedfast in his covenant.  

Psalm 78:38 But he, being full of compassion, forgave their iniquity,  and destroyed them not: yea, many a time turned he his anger  away, and did not stir up all his wrath.  

Psalm 78:39 For he remembered that they were but flesh; a wind that  passeth away, and cometh not again.  

Psalm 78:40 How oft did they provoke him in the wilderness, and grieve  him in the desert!  

Psalm 78:41 Yea, they turned back and tempted God, and limited the Holy One  of Israel.  

Psalm 78:42 They remembered not his hand, nor the day when he delivered  them from the enemy.  

Psalm 78:43 How he had wrought his signs in Egypt, and his wonders in the  field of Zoan:  

Psalm 78:44 And had turned their rivers into blood; and their floods, that  they could not drink.  

Psalm 78:45 He sent divers sorts of flies among them, which devoured them;  and frogs, which destroyed them.  

Psalm 78:46 He gave also their increase unto the caterpiller, and their  labour unto the locust.  

Psalm 78:47 He destroyed their vines with hail, and their sycomore trees  with frost.  

Psalm 78:48 He gave up their cattle also to the hail, and their flocks to  hot thunderbolts.  

Psalm 78:49 He cast upon them the fierceness of his anger, wrath, and  indignation, and trouble, by sending evil angels among them.  

Psalm 78:50 He made a way to his anger; he spared not their soul from  death, but gave their life over to the pestilence;   

Psalm 78:51 And smote all the firstborn in Egypt; the chief of their  strength in the tabernacles of Ham:  

Psalm 78:52 But made his own people to go forth like sheep, and guided them  in the wilderness like a flock.  

Psalm 78:53 And he led them on safely, so that they feared not: but the sea  overwhelmed their enemies.  

Psalm 78:54 And he brought them to the border of his sanctuary, even to  this mountain, which his right hand had purchased.  

Psalm 78:55 He cast out the heathen also before them, and divided them an  inheritance by line, and made the tribes of Israel to dwell in  their tents.  

Psalm 78:56 Yet they tempted and provoked the most high God, and kept not  his testimonies:  

Psalm 78:57 But turned back, and dealt unfaithfully like their fathers:  they were turned aside like a deceitful bow.  

Psalm 78:58 For they provoked him to anger with their high places, and  moved him to jealousy with their graven images.  

Psalm 78:59 When God heard this, he was wroth, and greatly abhorred  Israel:  

Psalm 78:60 So that he forsook the tabernacle of Shiloh, the tent which  he placed among men;  

Psalm 78:61 And delivered his strength into captivity, and his glory into  the enemy’s hand.  

Psalm 78:62 He gave his people over also unto the sword; and was wroth with  his inheritance.    

Psalm 78:63 The fire consumed their young men; and their maidens were not  given to marriage.  

Psalm 78:64 Their priests fell by the sword; and their widows made no  lamentation.  

Psalm 78:65 Then the Lord awaked as one out of sleep, and like a mighty  man that shouteth by reason of wine.  

Psalm 78:66 And he smote his enemies in the hinder parts: he put them to a  perpetual reproach.  

Psalm 78:67 Moreover he refused the tabernacle of Joseph, and chose not the  tribe of Ephraim:  

Psalm 78:68 But chose the tribe of Judah, the mount Zion which he loved.  

Psalm 78:69 And he built his sanctuary like high palaces, like the earth  which he hath established for ever.  

Psalm 78:70 He chose David also his servant, and took him from the  sheepfolds:  

Psalm 78:71 From following the ewes great with young he brought him to feed  Jacob his people, and Israel his inheritance.  

Psalm 78:72 So he fed them according to the integrity of his heart; and  guided them by the skilfulness of his hands.  KJV
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