78 A well-written song 1 by Asaph.
Pay attention, my people, to my instruction!
Listen to the words I speak! 2
2 I will sing a song that imparts wisdom;
I will make insightful observations about the past. 3
3 What we have heard and learned 4 –
that which our ancestors 5 have told us –
4 we will not hide from their 6 descendants.
We will tell the next generation
about the Lord’s praiseworthy acts, 7
about his strength and the amazing things he has done.
5 He established a rule 8 in Jacob;
he set up a law in Israel.
He commanded our ancestors
to make his deeds known to their descendants, 9
6 so that the next generation, children yet to be born,
might know about them.
They will grow up and tell their descendants about them. 10
7 Then they will place their confidence in God.
They will not forget the works of God,
and they will obey 11 his commands.
8 Then they will not be like their ancestors,
who were a stubborn and rebellious generation,
a generation that was not committed
and faithful to God. 12
9 The Ephraimites 13 were armed with bows, 14
but they retreated in the day of battle. 15
10 They did not keep their covenant with God, 16
and they refused to obey 17 his law.
11 They forgot what he had done, 18
the amazing things he had shown them.
12 He did amazing things in the sight of their ancestors,
in the land of Egypt, in the region of Zoan. 19
13 He divided the sea and led them across it;
he made the water stand in a heap.
14 He led them with a cloud by day,
and with the light of a fire all night long.
15 He broke open rocks in the wilderness,
and gave them enough water to fill the depths of the sea. 20
16 He caused streams to flow from the rock,
and made the water flow like rivers.
17 Yet they continued to sin against him,
and rebelled against the sovereign One 21 in the desert.
18 They willfully challenged God 22
by asking for food to satisfy their appetite.
19 They insulted God, saying, 23
“Is God really able to give us food 24 in the wilderness?
20 Yes, 25 he struck a rock and water flowed out,
streams gushed forth.
But can he also give us food?
Will he provide meat for his people?”
21 When 26 the Lord heard this, he was furious.
A fire broke out against Jacob,
and his anger flared up 27 against Israel,
22 because they did not have faith in God,
and did not trust his ability to deliver them. 28
23 He gave a command to the clouds above,
and opened the doors in the sky.
24 He rained down manna for them to eat;
he gave them the grain of heaven. 29
25 Man ate the food of the mighty ones. 30
He sent them more than enough to eat. 31
26 He brought the east wind through the sky,
and by his strength led forth the south wind.
27 He rained down meat on them like dust,
birds as numerous as the sand on the seashores. 32
28 He caused them to fall right in the middle of their camp,
all around their homes.
29 They ate until they were stuffed; 33
he gave them what they desired.
30 They were not yet filled up, 34
their food was still in their mouths,
31 when the anger of God flared up against them.
He killed some of the strongest of them;
he brought the young men of Israel to their knees.
32 Despite all this, they continued to sin,
and did not trust him to do amazing things. 35
33 So he caused them to die unsatisfied 36
and filled with terror. 37
34 When he struck them down, 38 they sought his favor; 39
they turned back and longed for God.
35 They remembered that God was their protector, 40
and that the sovereign God was their deliverer. 41
36 But they deceived him with their words, 42
and lied to him. 43
37 They were not really committed to him, 44
and they were unfaithful to his covenant.
38 Yet he is compassionate.
He forgives sin and does not destroy.
He often holds back his anger,
and does not stir up his fury. 45
39 He remembered 46 that they were made of flesh,
and were like a wind that blows past and does not return. 47
40 How often they rebelled against him in the wilderness,
and insulted him 48 in the desert!
41 They again challenged God, 49
and offended 50 the Holy One of Israel. 51
42 They did not remember what he had done, 52
how he delivered them from the enemy, 53
43 when he performed his awesome deeds 54 in Egypt,
and his acts of judgment 55 in the region of Zoan.
44 He turned their rivers into blood,
and they could not drink from their streams.
45 He sent swarms of biting insects against them, 56
as well as frogs that overran their land. 57
46 He gave their crops to the grasshopper,
the fruit of their labor to the locust.
47 He destroyed their vines with hail,
and their sycamore-fig trees with driving rain.
48 He rained hail down on their cattle, 58
and hurled lightning bolts down on their livestock. 59
49 His raging anger lashed out against them, 60
He sent fury, rage, and trouble
as messengers who bring disaster. 61
50 He sent his anger in full force; 62
he did not spare them from death;
he handed their lives over to destruction. 63
51 He struck down all the firstborn in Egypt,
the firstfruits of their reproductive power 64 in the tents of Ham.
52 Yet he brought out his people like sheep;
he led them through the wilderness like a flock.
53 He guided them safely along,
while the sea covered their enemies.
54 He brought them to the border of his holy land,
to this mountainous land 65 which his right hand 66 acquired.
55 He drove the nations out from before them;
he assigned them their tribal allotments 67
and allowed the tribes of Israel to settle down. 68
56 Yet they challenged and defied 69 the sovereign God, 70
and did not obey 71 his commands. 72
57 They were unfaithful 73 and acted as treacherously as 74 their ancestors;
they were as unreliable as a malfunctioning bow. 75
58 They made him angry with their pagan shrines, 76
and made him jealous with their idols.
59 God heard and was angry;
he completely rejected Israel.
60 He abandoned 77 the sanctuary at Shiloh,
the tent where he lived among men.
61 He allowed the symbol of his strong presence to be captured; 78
he gave the symbol of his splendor 79 into the hand of the enemy. 80
62 He delivered his people over to the sword,
and was angry with his chosen nation. 81
63 Fire consumed their 82 young men,
and their 83 virgins remained unmarried. 84
64 Their 85 priests fell by the sword,
but their 86 widows did not weep. 87
65 But then the Lord awoke from his sleep; 88
he was like a warrior in a drunken rage. 89
66 He drove his enemies back;
he made them a permanent target for insults. 90
67 He rejected the tent of Joseph;
he did not choose the tribe of Ephraim.
68 He chose the tribe of Judah,
and Mount Zion, which he loves.
69 He made his sanctuary as enduring as the heavens above; 91
as secure as the earth, which he established permanently. 92
70 He chose David, his servant,
and took him from the sheepfolds.
71 He took him away from following the mother sheep, 93
and made him the shepherd of Jacob, his people,
and of Israel, his chosen nation. 94
72 David 95 cared for them with pure motives; 96
he led them with skill. 97
79 A psalm of Asaph.
O God, foreigners 1 have invaded your chosen land; 2
they have polluted your holy temple
and turned Jerusalem 3 into a heap of ruins.
2 They have given the corpses of your servants
to the birds of the sky; 4
the flesh of your loyal followers
to the beasts of the earth.
3 They have made their blood flow like water
all around Jerusalem, and there is no one to bury them. 5
4 We have become an object of disdain to our neighbors;
those who live on our borders taunt and insult us. 6
5 How long will this go on, O Lord? 7
Will you stay angry forever?
How long will your rage 8 burn like fire?
6 Pour out your anger on the nations that do not acknowledge you, 9
on the kingdoms that do not pray to you! 10
7 For they have devoured Jacob
and destroyed his home.
8 Do not hold us accountable for the sins of earlier generations! 11
Quickly send your compassion our way, 12
for we are in serious trouble! 13
9 Help us, O God, our deliverer!
For the sake of your glorious reputation, 14 rescue us!
Forgive our sins for the sake of your reputation! 15
10 Why should the nations say, “Where is their God?”
Before our very eyes may the shed blood of your servants
be avenged among the nations! 16
11 Listen to the painful cries of the prisoners! 17
Use your great strength to set free those condemned to die! 18
12 Pay back our neighbors in full! 19
May they be insulted the same way they insulted you, O Lord! 20
13 Then we, your people, the sheep of your pasture,
will continually thank you. 21
We will tell coming generations of your praiseworthy acts. 22
80 For the music director; according to the shushan-eduth style; 1 a psalm of Asaph.
O shepherd of Israel, pay attention,
you who lead Joseph like a flock of sheep!
You who sit enthroned above the winged angels, 2 reveal your splendor! 3
2 In the sight of Ephraim, Benjamin, and Manasseh reveal 4 your power!
Come and deliver us! 5
3 O God, restore us!
Smile on us! 6 Then we will be delivered! 7
4 O Lord God, invincible warrior! 8
How long will you remain angry at your people while they pray to you? 9
5 You have given them tears as food; 10
you have made them drink tears by the measure. 11
6 You have made our neighbors dislike us, 12
and our enemies insult us.
7 O God, invincible warrior, 13 restore us!
Smile on us! 14 Then we will be delivered! 15
8 You uprooted a vine 16 from Egypt;
you drove out nations and transplanted it.
9 You cleared the ground for it; 17
it took root, 18
and filled the land.
10 The mountains were covered by its shadow,
the highest cedars 19 by its branches.
11 Its branches reached the Mediterranean Sea, 20
and its shoots the Euphrates River. 21
12 Why did you break down its walls, 22
so that all who pass by pluck its fruit? 23
13 The wild boars of the forest ruin it; 24
the insects 25 of the field feed on it.
14 O God, invincible warrior, 26 come back!
Look down from heaven and take notice!
Take care of this vine,
15 the root 27 your right hand planted,
the shoot you made to grow! 28
16 It is burned 29 and cut down.
They die because you are displeased with them. 30
17 May you give support to the one you have chosen, 31
to the one whom you raised up for yourself! 32
18 Then we will not turn away from you.
Revive us and we will pray to you! 33
19 O Lord God, invincible warrior, 34 restore us!
Smile on us! 35 Then we will be delivered! 36