Amplified Bible

Psalm 78

God’s Guidance of His People in Spite of Their Unfaithfulness.

A skillful song, or a didactic or reflective poem, of Asaph.

1Listen, O my people, to my teaching;
Incline your ears to the words of my mouth [and be willing to learn].

I will open my mouth in a parable [to instruct using examples];
I will utter dark and puzzling sayings of old [that contain important truth]—

Which we have heard and known,
And our fathers have told us.

We will not hide them from their children,
But [we will] tell to the generation to come the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord,
And [tell of] His great might and power and the wonderful works that He has done.


For He established a testimony (a specific precept) in Jacob
And appointed a law in Israel,
Which He commanded our fathers
That they should teach to their children [the great facts of God’s transactions with Israel],

That the generation to come might know them, that the children still to be born
May arise and recount them to their children,

That they should place their confidence in God
And not forget the works of God,
But keep His commandments,

And not be like their fathers—
A stubborn and rebellious generation,
A generation that did not prepare its heart to know and follow God,
And whose spirit was not faithful to God.


The sons of Ephraim were armed as archers and carrying bows,
Yet they turned back in the day of battle.
10 
They did not keep the covenant of God
And refused to walk according to His law;
11 
And they forgot His [incredible] works
And His miraculous wonders that He had shown them.
12 
He did marvelous things in the sight of their fathers
In the land of Egypt, in the field of Zoan [where Pharaoh resided].
13 
He divided the [Red] Sea and allowed them to pass through it,
And He made the waters stand up like [water behind] a dam.
14 
In the daytime He led them with a cloud
And all the night with a light of fire.
15 
He split rocks in the wilderness
And gave them abundant [water to] drink like the ocean depths.
16 
He brought streams also from the rock [at Rephidim and Kadesh]
And caused waters to run down like rivers.

17 
Yet they still continued to sin against Him
By rebelling against the Most High in the desert.
18 
And in their hearts they put God to the test
By asking for food according to their [selfish] appetite.
19 
Then they spoke against God;
They said, “Can God prepare [food for] a table in the wilderness?
20 
“Behold, He struck the rock so that waters gushed out
And the streams overflowed;
Can He give bread also?
Or will He provide meat for His people?”

21 
Therefore, when the Lord heard, He was full of wrath;
A fire was kindled against Jacob,
And His anger mounted up against Israel,
22 
Because they did not believe in God [they did not rely on Him, they did not adhere to Him],
And they did not trust in His salvation (His power to save).
23 
Yet He commanded the clouds from above
And opened the doors of heaven;
24 
And He rained down manna upon them to eat
And gave them the grain of heaven.
25 
Man ate the bread of angels;
God sent them provision in abundance.
26 
He caused the east wind to blow in the heavens
And by His [unlimited] power He guided the south wind.
27 
He rained meat upon them like the dust,
And winged birds (quail) like the sand of the seas.
28 
And He let them fall in the midst of their camp,
Around their tents.
29 
So they ate and were well filled,
He gave them what they craved.
30 
Before they had satisfied their desire,
And while their food was in their mouths,
31 
The wrath of God rose against them
And killed some of the strongest of them,
And subdued the choice young men of Israel.
32 
In spite of all this they still sinned,
For they did not believe in His wonderful and extraordinary works.
33 
Therefore He consumed their days like a breath [in emptiness and futility]
And their years in sudden terror.

34 
When He killed [some of] them, then those remaining sought Him,
And they returned [to Him] and searched diligently for God [for a time].
35 
And they remembered that God was their rock,
And the Most High God their Redeemer.
36 
Nevertheless they flattered Him with their mouths
And lied to Him with their tongues.
37 
For their heart was not steadfast toward Him,
Nor were they faithful to His covenant.
38 
[a]But He, the source of compassion and lovingkindness, forgave their wickedness and did not destroy them;
Many times He restrained His anger
And did not stir up all His wrath.
39 
For He [graciously] remembered that they were mere [human] flesh,
A wind that goes and does not return.

40 
How often they rebelled against Him in the wilderness
And grieved Him in the desert!
41 
Again and again they tempted God,
And distressed the Holy One of Israel.
42 
They did not remember [the miracles worked by] His [powerful] hand,
Nor the day when He redeemed them from the enemy,
43 
How He worked His miracles in Egypt
And His wonders in the field of Zoan [where Pharaoh resided],
44 
And turned their rivers into blood,
And their streams, so that they could not drink.
45 
He sent among them swarms of flies which devoured them,
And frogs which destroyed them.
46 
He also gave their crops to the grasshopper,
And the fruit of their labor to the locust.
47 
He destroyed their vines with [great] hailstones
And their sycamore trees with frost.
48 
He gave over their cattle also to the hailstones,
And their flocks and herds to thunderbolts.
49 
He sent upon them His burning anger,
His fury and indignation and distress,
A band of angels of destruction [among them].
50 
He leveled a path for His anger [to give it free run];
He did not spare their souls from death,
But turned over their lives to the plague.
51 
He killed all the firstborn in Egypt,
The first and best of their strength in the tents [of the land of the sons] of Ham.
52 
But God led His own people forward like sheep
And guided them in the wilderness like [a good shepherd with] a flock.
53 
He led them safely, so that they did not fear;
But the sea engulfed their enemies.

54 
So He brought them to His holy land,
To this mountain [Zion] which His right hand had acquired.
55 
He also drove out the nations before the sons of Israel
And allotted their land as an inheritance, measured out and partitioned;
And He had the tribes of Israel dwell in their tents [the tents of those who had been dispossessed].
56 
Yet they tempted and rebelled against the Most High God
And did not keep His testimonies (laws).
57 
They turned back and acted unfaithfully like their fathers;
They were twisted like a warped bow [that will not respond to the archer’s aim].
58 
For they provoked Him to [righteous] anger with their high places [devoted to idol worship]
And moved Him to jealousy with their carved images [by denying Him the love, worship, and obedience that is rightfully and uniquely His].
59 
When God heard this, He was filled with [righteous] wrath;
And utterly rejected Israel, [greatly hating her ways],
60 
So that He abandoned the tabernacle at Shiloh,
The tent in which He had dwelled among men,
61 
And gave up His strength and power (the ark of the covenant) into captivity,
And His glory into the hand of the enemy (the Philistines).
62 
He also handed His people over to the sword,
And was infuriated with His inheritance (Israel).
63 
The fire [of war] devoured His young men,
And His [bereaved] virgins had no wedding songs.
64 
His priests [Hophni and Phinehas] fell by the sword,
And His widows could not weep.

65 
Then the Lord awakened as from sleep,
Like a [mighty] warrior who awakens from the sleep of wine [fully conscious of his power].
66 
He drove His enemies backward;
He subjected them to lasting shame and dishonor.
67 
Moreover, He rejected the tent of Joseph,
And did not choose the tribe of Ephraim [in which the tabernacle stood].
68 
But He chose the tribe of Judah [as Israel’s leader],
Mount Zion, which He loved [to replace Shiloh as His capital].
69 
And He built His sanctuary [exalted] like the heights [of the heavens],
Like the earth which He has established forever.
70 
He also chose David His servant
And took him from the sheepfolds;
71 
[b]From [c]tending the ewes with nursing young He brought him
To shepherd Jacob His people,
And Israel His inheritance.
72 
So David shepherded them according to the integrity of his heart;
And guided them with his skillful hands.

Notas al pie

  1. Psalm 78:38 The ancient Sopherim, the Jewish scholars whose responsibility it was to do counts of all the letters, words, and verses of the OT, said that this verse marks the halfway point in Psalms.
  2. Psalm 78:71 The first impression one might receive from this passage is that God elevated David from the lowliest position in Israel to the highest. But the ancient rabbis said that God tested David’s skills and wisdom as a shepherd. For example, it is said that David held back the bigger sheep from the pasture and brought out the smaller ones first to graze on the tender grass. The rabbis represented God as saying, “He who knows how to shepherd the sheep, each one in proportion to its strength, shall come and shepherd My people.”
  3. Psalm 78:71 Lit following.

Japanese Living Bible

詩篇 78

1民よ、私の教えをよく聞きなさい。
私のことばに耳を傾けなさい。
2-3 先祖代々語り伝えられてきた教訓を、
たとえを使って教えよう。
この真実の解き明かしを聞いたなら、
あなたがたもまた、
栄光に輝く主のわざを子どもたちに説明し、
そのめざましい奇跡を語り伝えてほしい。
主はおきてをまずイスラエルに授け、
私たちの先祖に、それを子孫にまでも伝えよと
お命じになりました。
こうして、神のおきては順々に、
子から孫へと伝えられていくのです。
こうすれば、すべての世代の人々が神のおきてを守り、
神に希望を見いだし、
その栄光に輝く奇跡を忘れることはありません。
そればかりか、先祖のように、
反抗的でかたくなな者や、
神に心を明け渡そうとしない者も出ないでしょう。

エフライムの人々は、
十分に武装していたにもかかわらず、
いざ戦いとなると敵に背を向けて逃げ出しました。
10 神のおきてを守らず、
神の命令に従うのを拒んだからです。
11-12 先祖たちが、エジプトであれほど助けていただき、
すばらしい奇跡を見せていただいたのに、
神を忘れてしまったのです。
13 神が目の前で海を二つに分け、
その間を通らせてくださったというのに。
しかも、水は両側にせき止められたまま、
そそり立っていたというのです。
14 神は、昼は雲で、夜は火の柱で
人々をお導きになりました。
15 荒野では、岩から水を吹き出させ、
十分に飲ませてくださいました。
16 岩からほとばしり出た水は、川のように流れました。
17 それでもなお、人々は神に背き続け、
罪を犯し続けました。
18 不平ばかりで、
神の下さる食べ物では満足できず、
19-20 神ご自身に文句を言ったのです。
「神よ、水を出されたくらいですから、
もう少しましな食べ物を
頂けないものでしょうか」と。
21 このことばに、
主はどれほどお怒りになったことでしょう。
怒りの炎がイスラエルに向かって燃え上がりました。
22 親身になって心を砕いてくださる神に、
信頼しなかったからです。
23 神は、天の窓を開き、
24 天上のパンとも言うべき
マナを降らせてくださったというのに。
25 御使いの食べ物を、
十分に食べさせていただいたというのに。
26 神は東風を起こし、
激しい力で南風を引き寄せられました。
27 そのため、空から鳥の大群が落ちて来て、
ちりのように厚く、
海辺の砂のようにびっしりと敷き詰められました。
28 こうして、テントのそばに落ちた小鳥は、
29 十分に人々の食欲を満たしたのです。
人々の欲しがるものを、
神はお与えになったのです。
30 しかし、肉がまだ口にある間に、
31 神の怒りは燃え上がり、
イスラエルの屈強の若者たちがなぎ倒されました。
32 それでもなお、人々は罪を犯し続け、
神の奇跡を信じようとはしませんでした。
33 そこで神は人々の寿命を短くし、
悲惨な生涯を用意されたのです。

34 神が彼らを滅ぼされると、
ついに、人々は熱心に神に立ち返りました。
35 神こそ自分たちの岩であり、
どんな神々にもまさるお方であることを
思い出したのです。
36 しかし、その従順も口先だけで、
心からのものではありませんでした。
37 本心は遠く離れていたので、
約束もすぐに破ってしまいました。
38 それでもなお、あわれみ深い神は、
そんな彼らの罪を赦し、
絶滅にまでは追い込まれませんでした。
幾度も、怒りを押しとどめられたのです。
39 人々が朽ちていく存在にすぎず、
風のように、あわただしく去っていく身であることを、
思いやられたからです。
40 荒野をさまよっていたころ、
人々は何度反抗して、神を悲しませたことでしょう。
41 彼らは何度も背いては、
神に滅ぼされそうになりました。
こうして、自らの手で、
神の祝福をとどめてしまったのです。
42 神の力も愛も忘れ、
どのようにして敵の手から
救い出していただいたかも忘れました。
43 また、ツォアンの野でエジプト人が神罰を受け、
恐ろしい病気に冒されたことも、
44 川の水が血に変わって飲めなくなったことも、
45 エジプト全土にあぶの群れが押し寄せ、
かえるが国中にあふれたことも忘れました。
46 神はエジプト人の作物を油虫に食べさせ、
その収穫をいなごの餌にされました。
47 また、彼らのぶどうといちじくを雹で全滅させました。
48 天からの雹で家畜を、
雷によって羊の群れを打ちました。
49 神は彼らに激しい怒りを燃やし、
災難をもたらす御使いの一軍を送り込まれました。
50 神の怒りは荒馬のように駆け巡ったので、
エジプト人は次々と疫病にかかって倒れました。
51 続いて神は、エジプトの全家族から、
一家の柱となるべき長男を殺しました。
52 しかし、ご自分の民を羊の群れのように導き出し、
荒野の道を無事に進ませてくださいました。
53 神が彼らを守られたので、
彼らは恐れを感じることもありませんでした。
結局、敵は海にのみ込まれて滅びました。
54 こうして彼らは、神が特別に備えてくださった、
なだらかな丘陵の続く、祝福の地の入口まで
連れて来られたのです。
55 神はこの地に住みついている民族を追い払い、
イスラエルの各部族に、
領地を分配してくださいました。

56 しかし、これほどの恵みを受けながらも、
彼らは神に逆らい、
神の教えを守ろうとしませんでした。
57 入ろうとしている約束の地からあとずさりして、
先祖同様に神を裏切り、先の曲がった矢のように、
神が意図なさった的からそれてしまったのです。
58 また、他の神々の像を作り、
異教の祭壇を築いては、神の怒りを買いました。
59 彼らのしわざをごらんになった神の怒りは激しく、
ご自分の民をさえ、退けるまでになりました。
60 そこで、地上の住まいであったシロの宮を見限り、
61 契約の箱が奪われるのも見過ごされました。
ご自分の栄光を敵の手にお渡しになったのです。
62 神の怒りの火は燃えさかり、
イスラエルの民は虫けらのように殺されました。
63 若い男は焼き殺され、若い女は、
婚姻の歌を歌う年齢に達しないうちに死に絶えました。
64 祭司は虐殺され、その未亡人は、
夫の死を嘆く間もなく亡くなりました。
65 その時、神は眠りから覚めた人のように、
また、ぶどう酒を飲んで景気づいた勇士のように
立ち上がられました。
66 敵はあわてふためいて逃げ、
ぬぐいがたい恥をかかされたのです。

67 神はヨセフの家系のエフライム族を見放し、
68 ユダ族を選んで、シオン山をいとおしまれました。
69 そこに、山のようにそびえ立つ
不動の神殿をお建てになりました。
70 そして、ダビデをしもべとして選び、
彼を羊飼いの仕事場から、
71-72 子羊を連れた雌羊の番をしていた場所から
召し出されました。
イスラエルの羊飼いとなったダビデは、
すぐれた手腕と真心をもって、
人々を導きました。