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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.

  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.

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Salmos 78

Salmo 78

Poema da família de Asafe.

Povo meu, escute o meu ensino;
incline os ouvidos
    para o que eu tenho a dizer.
Em parábolas abrirei a minha boca,
proferirei enigmas do passado;
o que ouvimos e aprendemos,
o que nossos pais nos contaram.
Não os esconderemos dos nossos filhos;
contaremos à próxima geração
    os louváveis feitos do Senhor,
o seu poder e as maravilhas que fez.
Ele decretou estatutos para Jacó,
    e em Israel estabeleceu a lei,
e ordenou aos nossos antepassados
    que a ensinassem aos seus filhos,
de modo que a geração seguinte a conhecesse,
    e também os filhos que ainda nasceriam,
e eles, por sua vez,
    contassem aos seus próprios filhos.
Então eles porão a confiança em Deus;
não esquecerão os seus feitos
e obedecerão aos seus mandamentos.
Eles não serão como os seus antepassados,
    obstinados e rebeldes,
povo de coração desleal para com Deus,
    gente de espírito infiel.

Os homens de Efraim, flecheiros armados,
viraram as costas no dia da batalha;
10 não guardaram a aliança de Deus
e se recusaram a viver de acordo com a sua lei.
11 Esqueceram o que ele tinha feito,
as maravilhas que lhes havia mostrado.
12 Ele fez milagres diante dos seus antepassados,
na terra do Egito, na região de Zoã.
13 Dividiu o mar para que pudessem passar;
fez a água erguer-se como um muro.
14 Ele os guiou com a nuvem de dia
e com a luz do fogo de noite.
15 Fendeu as rochas no deserto
e deu-lhes tanta água
    como a que flui das profundezas;
16 da pedra fez sair regatos
e fluir água como um rio.

17 Mas contra ele continuaram a pecar,
revoltando-se no deserto contra o Altíssimo.
18 Deliberadamente puseram Deus à prova,
exigindo o que desejavam comer.
19 Duvidaram de Deus, dizendo:
“Poderá Deus preparar uma mesa no deserto?
20 Sabemos que quando ele feriu a rocha
    a água brotou e jorrou em torrentes.
Mas conseguirá também dar-nos de comer?
    Poderá suprir de carne o seu povo?”
21 O Senhor os ouviu e enfureceu-se;
com fogo atacou Jacó,
e sua ira levantou-se contra Israel,
22 pois eles não creram em Deus
nem confiaram no seu poder salvador.
23 Contudo, ele deu ordens às nuvens
e abriu as portas dos céus;
24 fez chover maná para que o povo comesse,
deu-lhe o pão[a] dos céus.
25 Os homens comeram o pão dos anjos;
enviou-lhes comida à vontade.
26 Enviou dos céus o vento oriental
e pelo seu poder fez avançar o vento sul.
27 Fez chover carne sobre eles como pó,
bandos de aves como a areia da praia.
28 Levou-as a cair dentro do acampamento,
ao redor das suas tendas.
29 Comeram à vontade,
e assim ele satisfez o desejo deles.
30 Mas, antes de saciarem o apetite,
quando ainda tinham a comida na boca,
31 acendeu-se contra eles a ira de Deus;
e ele feriu de morte os mais fortes dentre eles,
    matando os jovens de Israel.

32 A despeito disso tudo, continuaram pecando;
não creram nos seus prodígios.
33 Por isso ele encerrou
    os dias deles como um sopro
e os anos deles em repentino pavor.
34 Sempre que Deus os castigava com a morte,
    eles o buscavam;
com fervor se voltavam de novo para ele.
35 Lembravam-se de que Deus era a sua Rocha,
de que o Deus Altíssimo era o seu Redentor.
36 Com a boca o adulavam,
com a língua o enganavam;
37 o coração deles não era sincero;
não foram fiéis à sua aliança.
38 Contudo, ele foi misericordioso;
perdoou-lhes as maldades
    e não os destruiu.
Vez após vez conteve a sua ira,
    sem despertá-la totalmente.
39 Lembrou-se de que eram meros mortais,
brisa passageira que não retorna.
40 Quantas vezes mostraram-se rebeldes
    contra ele no deserto
e o entristeceram na terra solitária!
41 Repetidas vezes puseram Deus à prova;
irritaram o Santo de Israel.
42 Não se lembravam da sua mão poderosa,
do dia em que os redimiu do opressor,
43 do dia em que mostrou
    os seus prodígios no Egito,
as suas maravilhas na região de Zoã,
44 quando transformou os rios
    e os riachos dos egípcios em sangue,
e eles não mais conseguiam beber das suas águas,
45 e enviou enxames de moscas
    que os devoraram,
e rãs que os devastaram;
46 quando entregou as suas plantações às larvas,
a produção da terra aos gafanhotos,
47 e destruiu as suas vinhas com a saraiva
e as suas figueiras bravas, com a geada;
48 quando entregou o gado deles ao granizo,
os seus rebanhos aos raios;
49 quando os atingiu com a sua ira ardente,
    com furor, indignação e hostilidade,
com muitos anjos destruidores.
50 Abriu caminho para a sua ira;
não os poupou da morte,
mas os entregou à peste.
51 Matou todos os primogênitos do Egito,
as primícias do vigor varonil
    das tendas de Cam.
52 Mas tirou o seu povo como ovelhas
e o conduziu como a um rebanho pelo deserto.
53 Ele os guiou em segurança,
    e não tiveram medo;
e os seus inimigos afundaram-se no mar.
54 Assim os trouxe à fronteira
    da sua terra santa,
aos montes que a sua mão direita conquistou.
55 Expulsou nações que lá estavam,
distribuiu-lhes as terras por herança
e deu suas tendas às tribos de Israel
    para que nelas habitassem.

56 Mas eles puseram Deus à prova
    e foram rebeldes contra o Altíssimo;
não obedeceram aos seus testemunhos.
57 Foram desleais e infiéis,
    como os seus antepassados,
confiáveis como um arco defeituoso.
58 Eles o irritaram com os altares idólatras;
com os seus ídolos lhe provocaram ciúmes.
59 Sabendo-o Deus, enfureceu-se
e rejeitou totalmente Israel;
60 abandonou o tabernáculo de Siló,
a tenda onde habitava entre os homens.
61 Entregou o símbolo do seu poder ao cativeiro,
e o seu esplendor, nas mãos do adversário.
62 Deixou que o seu povo fosse morto à espada,
pois enfureceu-se com a sua herança.
63 O fogo consumiu os seus jovens,
e as suas moças não tiveram
    canções de núpcias;
64 os sacerdotes foram mortos à espada!
As viúvas já nem podiam chorar!

65 Então o Senhor despertou
    como que de um sono,
como um guerreiro despertado do domínio do vinho.
66 Fez retroceder a golpes os seus adversários
e os entregou a permanente humilhação.
67 Também rejeitou as tendas de José,
e não escolheu a tribo de Efraim;
68 ao contrário, escolheu a tribo de Judá
e o monte Sião, o qual amou.
69 Construiu o seu santuário como as alturas;
como a terra o firmou para sempre.
70 Escolheu o seu servo Davi
e o tirou do aprisco das ovelhas,
71 do pastoreio de ovelhas,
para ser o pastor de Jacó, seu povo,
    de Israel, sua herança.
72 E de coração íntegro Davi os pastoreou;
    com mãos experientes os conduziu.

  1. 78.24 Hebraico: trigo.