Maschil of Asaph.
Give ear, O my people, to my law: incline your ears to the words of my
I will open my mouth in a
parable: I will utter dark sayings of old:||
(78:2-3) "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."|
Matthew.13:35 as "I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things
which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world."
Which we have heard and known,
and our fathers have told us.
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.
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
That the generation to come might know them, even the children which
should be born; who should arise and declare 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 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 forgat his works, and his wonders that he had shewed them.||
Marvellous things did he in the sight of their fathers, in the land of
Egypt, in the field of Zoan.||
He divided the sea, and caused them to pass through; and he made the
waters to stand as an heap.||
In the daytime also he led them with a cloud, and all the night with a
light of fire.||
He clave the rocks in the wilderness, and gave them drink as out of the
He brought streams also out of the rock, and caused waters to run down
And they sinned yet more against him by provoking the most High in the
And they tempted God in their heart by asking meat for their lust.||
Yea, they spake against God; they said, Can God furnish a table in the
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?||
|78:21 Therefore the LORD heard this,
and was wroth: so a fire was kindled
against Jacob, and anger also came up against Israel;||
(78:21-22) "The LORD heard this and was wroth: so a fire was kindled
... because they believed not in God."|
"The LORD heard this" (he had his hearing aid on) and became angry, and burned people
"because they believed not in God."
Because they believed not in God, and trusted not in his salvation:
Though he had commanded the clouds from above, and opened the doors of
And had rained down manna upon them to eat, and had given them of the corn
(78:24) "Man did eat angels' food."
"And he rained on them flesh as dust,
and feathered fowls as the sand of the sea"
(Unknown, 12th Century)
Man did eat angels' food: he sent them meat to the full.
He caused an east wind to blow in the heaven: and by his power he brought
in the south wind.
He rained flesh also upon them as dust, and feathered fowls like as the
sand of the sea:||
(78:27) "He rained flesh also upon them as dust, and feathered fowls like as the
sand of the sea."|
See Numbers 11:20-32, where God sends quails to feed the Israelites until it literally came out their
And he let it fall in the midst of their camp, round about their
So they did eat, and were well filled: for he gave them their own desire;||
(78:31-34) God killed many of the Israelites for not believing in
"his wondrous works." (Numbers 11:33)
(78:31) "The wrath of God came upon them, and slew the fattest of them, and smote down the chosen men of Israel."
(78:32) "For all this they sinned still, and believed not for his wondrous works."
(78:33-34) "Therefore ... he slew them."
They were not estranged from their lust. But while their meat was yet in
|78:31 The wrath of God came upon them, and slew the fattest of them, and smote
down the chosen men of Israel.
|78:32 For all this they sinned still, and believed
not for his wondrous works.
|78:33 Therefore their days did he consume
in vanity, and their years in trouble.
When he slew them, then they sought him: and they returned and enquired
early after God.
And they remembered that God was their rock, and the high God their
Nevertheless they did flatter him with their mouth, and they lied unto him
with their tongues.||
For their heart was not right with him, neither were they stedfast in his
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
For he remembered that they were but flesh; a wind that passeth away, and
cometh not again.||
How oft did they provoke him in the wilderness, and grieve him in the
Yea, they turned back and tempted God, and limited the Holy One of Israel.||
They remembered not his hand, nor the day when he delivered them from the
How he had wrought his signs in Egypt, and his wonders in the field of
And had turned their rivers into blood; and their floods, that they could
He sent divers sorts of flies among them, which devoured them; and frogs,
which destroyed them.||
He gave also their increase unto the caterpiller, and their labour unto
He destroyed their vines with hail, and their sycomore trees with frost.||
He gave up their cattle also to the hail, and their flocks to hot
He cast upon them the fierceness of his anger, wrath, and indignation, and
trouble, by sending evil angels among them.||
He made a way to his anger; he spared not their soul from death, but gave
their life over to the pestilence;||
And smote all the firstborn in Egypt; the chief of their strength in the
tabernacles of Ham:||
But made his own people to go forth like sheep, and guided them in the
wilderness like a flock.||
And he led them on safely, so that they feared not: but the sea
overwhelmed their enemies.||
And he brought them to the border of his sanctuary, even to this mountain,
which his right hand had purchased.||
|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.||
"He cast out the heathen also before them."
God "cast out the heathen" and gave their lands to the Israelites.
Yet they tempted and provoked the most high God, and kept not his
But turned back, and dealt unfaithfully 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
And delivered his strength into captivity, and his glory into the enemy's
He gave his people over also unto the sword; and was wroth with his
The fire consumed their young men; and their maidens were not given to
Their priests fell by the sword; and their widows made no lamentation.||
Then the LORD awaked as one out of sleep, and like a mighty man that
shouteth by reason of wine.||
And he smote his
enemies in the hinder parts: he put them to a perpetual reproach.||
"He [God] smote his enemies in the hinder parts."
(He kicked their ass -- or gave them hemorrhoids in their secret parts or something.)
Moreover he refused the tabernacle of Joseph, and chose not the tribe of
But chose the tribe of Judah, the mount Zion which he loved.||
And he built his sanctuary like high palaces, like the earth which he hath
established for ever.||
"The earth which he hath established for ever."
Will the earth last forever?
He chose David also his servant, and took him from the sheepfolds:||
From following the ewes great with young he brought him to feed Jacob his
people, and Israel his inheritance.||
So he fed them according to the integrity of his heart; and guided them by
the skilfulness of his hands.