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Psalm 78

Psalm 78

A maskil of Asaph.

My people, listen to my teaching.
    Pay attention to what I say.
I will open my mouth and tell a story.
    I will speak about things that were hidden.
    They happened a long time ago.
We have heard about them and we know them.
    Our people who lived before us have told us about them.
We won’t hide them from our children.
    We will tell them to those who live after us.
We will tell them what the Lord has done that is worthy of praise.
    We will talk about his power and the wonderful things he has done.
He gave laws to the people of Jacob.
    He gave Israel their law.
He commanded our people who lived before us
    to teach his laws to their children.
Then those born later would know his laws.
    Even their children yet to come would know them.
    And they in turn would tell their children.
Then they would put their trust in God.
    They would not forget what he had done.
    They would obey his commands.
They would not be like their people who lived long ago.
    Those people were stubborn. They refused to obey God.
They turned away from him.
    Their spirits were not faithful to him.

The soldiers of Ephraim were armed with bows.
    But they ran away on the day of battle.
10 They didn’t keep the covenant God had made with them.
    They refused to live by his law.
11 They forgot what he had done.
    They didn’t remember the wonders he had shown them.
12 He did miracles right in front of their people who lived long ago.
    At that time they were living in Egypt, in the area of Zoan.
13 God parted the Red Sea and led them through it.
    He made the water stand up like a wall.
14 He guided them with the cloud during the day.
    He led them with the light of a fire all night long.
15 He broke the rocks open in the desert.
    He gave them as much water as there is in the oceans.
16 He brought streams out of a rocky cliff.
    He made water flow down like rivers.

17 But they continued to sin against him.
    In the desert they refused to obey the Most High God.
18 They were stubborn and tested God.
    They ordered him to give them the food they wanted.
19 They spoke against God. They said,
    “Can God really put food on a table in the desert?
20 It is true that he struck the rock, and streams of water poured out.
    Huge amounts of water flowed down.
But can he also give us bread?
    Can he supply meat for his people?”
21 When the Lord heard what they said, he was very angry.
    His anger broke out like fire against the people of Jacob.
    He became very angry with Israel.
22 That was because they didn’t believe in God.
    They didn’t trust in his power to save them.
23 But he gave a command to the skies above.
    He opened the doors of the heavens.
24 He rained down manna for the people to eat.
    He gave them the grain of heaven.
25 Mere human beings ate the bread of angels.
    He sent them all the food they could eat.
26 He made the east wind blow from the heavens.
    By his power he caused the south wind to blow.
27 He rained down meat on them like dust.
    He sent them birds like sand on the seashore.
28 He made the birds come down inside their camp.
    The birds fell all around their tents.
29 People ate until they couldn’t eat any more.
    He gave them what they had wanted.
30 But even before they had finished eating, God acted.
    He did it while the food was still in their mouths.
31 His anger rose up against them.
    He put to death the strongest among them.
    He struck down Israel’s young men.

32 But even after all that, they kept on sinning.
    Even after the wonderful things he had done, they still didn’t believe.
33 So he brought their days to an end like a puff of smoke.
    He ended their years with terror.
34 Every time God killed some of them, the others would seek him.
    They gladly turned back to him again.
35 They remembered that God was their Rock.
    They remembered that God Most High had set them free.
36 But they didn’t mean it when they praised him.
    They lied to him when they spoke.
37 They turned away from him.
    They weren’t faithful to the covenant he had made with them.
38 But he was full of tender love.
    He forgave their sins
    and didn’t destroy his people.
Time after time he held back his anger.
    He didn’t let all his burning anger blaze out.
39 He remembered that they were only human.
    He remembered they were only a breath of air
    that drifts by and doesn’t return.

40 How often they refused to obey him in the desert!
    How often they caused him sorrow in that dry and empty land!
41 Again and again they tested God.
    They made the Holy One of Israel sad and angry.
42 They didn’t remember his power.
    They forgot the day he set them free
    from those who had treated them so badly.
43 They forgot how he had shown them his signs in Egypt.
    They forgot his miracles in the area of Zoan.
44 He turned the river of Egypt into blood.
    The people of Egypt couldn’t drink water from their streams.
45 He sent large numbers of flies that bit them.
    He sent frogs that destroyed their land.
46 He gave their crops to the grasshoppers.
    He gave their food to the locusts.
47 He destroyed their vines with hail.
    He destroyed their fig trees with sleet.
48 He killed their cattle with hail.
    Their livestock were struck by lightning.
49 Because he was so angry with Egypt, he caused them to have great trouble.
    In his great anger he sent destroying angels against them.
50 God prepared a path for his anger.
    He didn’t spare their lives.
    He gave them over to the plague.
51 He killed the oldest son of each family in Egypt.
    He struck down the oldest son in every house in the land of Ham.
52 But he brought his people out like a flock.
    He led them like sheep through the desert.
53 He guided them safely, and they weren’t afraid.
    But the Red Sea swallowed up their enemies.
54 And so he brought his people to the border of his holy land.
    He led them to the central hill country he had taken by his power.
55 He drove out the nations to make room for his people.
    He gave to each family a piece of land to pass on to their children.
    He gave the tribes of Israel a place to make their homes.

56 But they tested God.
    They refused to obey the Most High God.
    They didn’t keep his laws.
57 They were like their people who lived long ago.
    They turned away from him and were not faithful.
They were like a bow that doesn’t shoot straight.
    They couldn’t be trusted.
58 They made God angry by going to their high places.
    They made him jealous by worshiping the statues of their gods.
59 When God saw what the people were doing, he was very angry.
    He turned away from them completely.
60 He deserted the holy tent at Shiloh.
    He left the tent he had set up among his people.
61 He allowed the ark to be captured.
    Into the hands of his enemies he sent the ark where his glory rested.
62 He let his people be killed by swords.
    He was very angry with them.
63 Fire destroyed their young men.
    Their young women had no one to marry.
64 Their priests were killed by swords.
    Their widows weren’t able to weep.

65 Then the Lord woke up as if he had been sleeping.
    He was like a warrior waking up from the deep sleep caused by wine.
66 He drove back his enemies.
    He put them to shame that will last forever.
67 He turned his back on the tents of the people of Joseph.
    He didn’t choose to live in the tribe of Ephraim.
68 Instead, he chose to live in the tribe of Judah.
    He chose Mount Zion, which he loved.
69 There he built his holy place as secure as the heavens.
    He built it to last forever, like the earth.
70 He chose his servant David.
    He took him from the sheep pens.
71 He brought him from tending sheep
    to be the shepherd of his people Jacob.
    He made him the shepherd of Israel, his special people.
72 David cared for them with a faithful and honest heart.
    With skilled hands he led them.

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。