New Living Translation

Psalm 78

Psalm 78

A psalm[a] of Asaph.

O my people, listen to my instructions.
    Open your ears to what I am saying,
    for I will speak to you in a parable.
I will teach you hidden lessons from our past—
    stories we have heard and known,
    stories our ancestors handed down to us.
We will not hide these truths from our children;
    we will tell the next generation
about the glorious deeds of the Lord,
    about his power and his mighty wonders.
For he issued his laws to Jacob;
    he gave his instructions to Israel.
He commanded our ancestors
    to teach them to their children,
so the next generation might know them—
    even the children not yet born—
    and they in turn will teach their own children.
So each generation should set its hope anew on God,
    not forgetting his glorious miracles
    and obeying his commands.
Then they will not be like their ancestors—
    stubborn, rebellious, and unfaithful,
    refusing to give their hearts to God.

The warriors of Ephraim, though armed with bows,
    turned their backs and fled on the day of battle.
10 They did not keep God’s covenant
    and refused to live by his instructions.
11 They forgot what he had done—
    the great wonders he had shown them,
12 the miracles he did for their ancestors
    on the plain of Zoan in the land of Egypt.
13 For he divided the sea and led them through,
    making the water stand up like walls!
14 In the daytime he led them by a cloud,
    and all night by a pillar of fire.
15 He split open the rocks in the wilderness
    to give them water, as from a gushing spring.
16 He made streams pour from the rock,
    making the waters flow down like a river!

17 Yet they kept on sinning against him,
    rebelling against the Most High in the desert.
18 They stubbornly tested God in their hearts,
    demanding the foods they craved.
19 They even spoke against God himself, saying,
    “God can’t give us food in the wilderness.
20 Yes, he can strike a rock so water gushes out,
    but he can’t give his people bread and meat.”
21 When the Lord heard them, he was furious.
    The fire of his wrath burned against Jacob.
    Yes, his anger rose against Israel,
22 for they did not believe God
    or trust him to care for them.
23 But he commanded the skies to open;
    he opened the doors of heaven.
24 He rained down manna for them to eat;
    he gave them bread from heaven.
25 They ate the food of angels!
    God gave them all they could hold.
26 He released the east wind in the heavens
    and guided the south wind by his mighty power.
27 He rained down meat as thick as dust—
    birds as plentiful as the sand on the seashore!
28 He caused the birds to fall within their camp
    and all around their tents.
29 The people ate their fill.
    He gave them what they craved.
30 But before they satisfied their craving,
    while the meat was yet in their mouths,
31 the anger of God rose against them,
    and he killed their strongest men.
    He struck down the finest of Israel’s young men.

32 But in spite of this, the people kept sinning.
    Despite his wonders, they refused to trust him.
33 So he ended their lives in failure,
    their years in terror.
34 When God began killing them,
    they finally sought him.
    They repented and took God seriously.
35 Then they remembered that God was their rock,
    that God Most High[b] was their redeemer.
36 But all they gave him was lip service;
    they lied to him with their tongues.
37 Their hearts were not loyal to him.
    They did not keep his covenant.
38 Yet he was merciful and forgave their sins
    and did not destroy them all.
Many times he held back his anger
    and did not unleash his fury!
39 For he remembered that they were merely mortal,
    gone like a breath of wind that never returns.

40 Oh, how often they rebelled against him in the wilderness
    and grieved his heart in that dry wasteland.
41 Again and again they tested God’s patience
    and provoked the Holy One of Israel.
42 They did not remember his power
    and how he rescued them from their enemies.
43 They did not remember his miraculous signs in Egypt,
    his wonders on the plain of Zoan.
44 For he turned their rivers into blood,
    so no one could drink from the streams.
45 He sent vast swarms of flies to consume them
    and hordes of frogs to ruin them.
46 He gave their crops to caterpillars;
    their harvest was consumed by locusts.
47 He destroyed their grapevines with hail
    and shattered their sycamore-figs with sleet.
48 He abandoned their cattle to the hail,
    their livestock to bolts of lightning.
49 He loosed on them his fierce anger—
    all his fury, rage, and hostility.
He dispatched against them
    a band of destroying angels.
50 He turned his anger against them;
    he did not spare the Egyptians’ lives
    but ravaged them with the plague.
51 He killed the oldest son in each Egyptian family,
    the flower of youth throughout the land of Egypt.[c]
52 But he led his own people like a flock of sheep,
    guiding them safely through the wilderness.
53 He kept them safe so they were not afraid;
    but the sea covered their enemies.
54 He brought them to the border of his holy land,
    to this land of hills he had won for them.
55 He drove out the nations before them;
    he gave them their inheritance by lot.
    He settled the tribes of Israel into their homes.

56 But they kept testing and rebelling against God Most High.
    They did not obey his laws.
57 They turned back and were as faithless as their parents.
    They were as undependable as a crooked bow.
58 They angered God by building shrines to other gods;
    they made him jealous with their idols.
59 When God heard them, he was very angry,
    and he completely rejected Israel.
60 Then he abandoned his dwelling at Shiloh,
    the Tabernacle where he had lived among the people.
61 He allowed the Ark of his might to be captured;
    he surrendered his glory into enemy hands.
62 He gave his people over to be butchered by the sword,
    because he was so angry with his own people—his special possession.
63 Their young men were killed by fire;
    their young women died before singing their wedding songs.
64 Their priests were slaughtered,
    and their widows could not mourn their deaths.

65 Then the Lord rose up as though waking from sleep,
    like a warrior aroused from a drunken stupor.
66 He routed his enemies
    and sent them to eternal shame.
67 But he rejected Joseph’s descendants;
    he did not choose the tribe of Ephraim.
68 He chose instead the tribe of Judah,
    and Mount Zion, which he loved.
69 There he built his sanctuary as high as the heavens,
    as solid and enduring as the earth.
70 He chose his servant David,
    calling him from the sheep pens.
71 He took David from tending the ewes and lambs
    and made him the shepherd of Jacob’s descendants—
    God’s own people, Israel.
72 He cared for them with a true heart
    and led them with skillful hands.

Notas al pie

  1. 78:Title Hebrew maskil. This may be a literary or musical term.
  2. 78:35 Hebrew El-Elyon.
  3. 78:51 Hebrew in the tents of Ham.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

詩篇 78

上帝引導祂的子民

亞薩的訓誨詩。

1我的百姓啊!
你們要聽我的教導,
側耳傾聽我的話。
我要開口講比喻,
道出古時的奧秘,
是我們所聞所知、世代流傳下來的事。
我們不要在子孫面前隱瞞事實,
要把耶和華當受稱頌的作為、
祂的權能和所行的奇事告訴下一代。
因為祂為雅各制定法度,
為以色列設立律法,
又吩咐我們的祖先把這些律法傳給兒女,
好讓他們也照樣教導自己的子孫後代,
世代相傳。
這樣,他們就會信靠上帝,
遵行祂的命令,
不忘記祂的作為;
也不會像自己的祖先那樣頑梗叛逆,
對上帝不忠,心懷二意。
以法蓮人備上了弓箭,
卻臨陣逃命。
10 他們不遵守上帝的約,
拒絕遵行祂的律法。
11 他們忘記了祂的作為,
忘記了祂為他們所行的奇事。
12 祂曾在埃及,在瑣安當著他們祖先的面行神蹟。
13 祂把海水分開,
帶領他們安然渡過;
祂使海水堆起如牆壁。
14 祂白天以雲柱帶領他們,
晚上用火柱引導他們。
15 祂在曠野劈開磐石,
供應他們豐沛的水源。
16 祂使水從磐石中滾滾流出,
如滔滔江河。
17 然而,他們仍舊犯罪,
在曠野反叛至高的上帝。
18 他們頑梗地試探上帝,
索要他們想吃的食物。
19 他們抱怨上帝,說:
「難道上帝可以在曠野擺宴席嗎?
20 祂擊打磐石,
水就湧出,流淌成河,
但祂能賜給我們——祂的子民食物和肉嗎?」
21 耶和華聽後大怒,
祂的怒火燒向雅各,
祂的怒氣撒向以色列。
22 因為他們不相信上帝,也不信靠祂的拯救。
23 祂向穹蒼發出命令,
又打開天門,
24 降下嗎哪給他們吃,賜下天糧。
25 他們吃了天使的食物,
上帝賜給他們豐富的食物。
26 祂使空中颳起東風,
用大能引來南風,
27 使飛鳥像雨點一般降在他們當中,多如塵埃,
使他們有多如海沙的肉吃。
28 祂使飛鳥降落在他們營中的帳篷周圍,
29 讓他們盡情地吃,
遂了他們的心願。
30 但是,他們還沒有吃完,
肉還在口中的時候,
31 上帝就向他們發怒,
殺掉了他們當中最強壯的,
消滅了以色列的青年。
32 即使如此,
他們依舊犯罪,
不相信上帝奇妙的作為。
33 所以上帝使他們虛度一生,
讓他們的歲月充滿恐懼。
34 直到上帝擊殺他們的時候,
他們才回轉,誠心尋求上帝。
35 他們才想起上帝是他們的磐石,
至高的上帝是他們的救贖主。
36 他們卻虛情假意,滿口謊言。
37 他們不忠於祂,
也不信守祂的約。
38 但上帝充滿憐憫,
赦免了他們的罪,
沒有毀滅他們。
祂多次收住怒氣,
沒有完全發出祂的烈怒。
39 祂顧念他們不過是血肉之軀,
像一陣風轉眼消逝。
40 他們在曠野屢屢反叛祂,
使祂傷心。
41 他們再三試探上帝,
惹以色列的聖者發怒。
42 他們忘記了祂的大能,
忘記了祂救他們脫離壓迫的日子,
43 也忘記了祂在埃及所行的神蹟,
在瑣安的田野所行的奇事。
44 祂曾使江河溪流變成血,
以致無人能喝。
45 祂曾使成群的蒼蠅吞沒他們,
使青蛙毀滅他們。
46 祂將他們的五穀賞給蚱蜢,
讓蝗蟲吃盡他們的收成。
47 祂用冰雹毀壞他們的葡萄樹,
用嚴霜毀壞他們的無花果樹,
48 又用冰雹毀滅他們的牛群,
用閃電毀滅他們的牲畜。
49 祂把怒火、烈怒、憤恨和禍患傾倒在他們身上,
遣下一群降災的天使。
50 祂的怒氣盡發,
使他們被瘟疫吞噬,難逃一死。
51 祂擊殺了埃及人所有的長子,
就是含帳篷中頭生的兒子。
52 祂領出自己的子民,
好像領出羊群,
引領他們經過曠野,
53 使他們一路平安,免受驚嚇,
大海卻淹沒了他們的仇敵。
54 祂帶領自己的子民來到聖地的邊界,
來到祂親手為他們預備的山區,
55 從他們面前趕出外族人,
把外族人的土地分給他們,
作為他們的產業,
使以色列各支派安頓下來。
56 可是,他們仍舊試探上帝,
反叛至高者,不遵行祂的法度。
57 他們跟祖先一樣背信棄義,
像斷弓一樣毫不可靠。
58 他們建造邱壇,惹祂發怒;
他們豎起神像,令祂憤怒。
59 上帝知道了他們的惡行,
怒不可遏,
徹底棄絕了以色列人。
60 祂離棄了設在示羅的聖幕,
就是祂在人間的居所。
61 祂任憑自己的約櫃被人擄去,
讓自己的榮耀落在敵人手中。
62 祂使自己的子民被刀劍殺戮,
向自己的產業大發怒氣。
63 青年被烈火吞噬,
少女無法婚嫁。
64 祭司喪身刀下,
寡婦無法哭喪。
65 那時,主像從睡眠中醒來,
又如酒後醒來的勇士。
66 祂擊退仇敵,
叫他們永遠蒙羞。
67 祂丟棄了約瑟的子孫,
沒有揀選以法蓮支派。
68 祂揀選了猶大支派,
祂所喜愛的錫安山。
69 祂為自己建造高聳的聖所,
使它像大地一樣長存。
70 祂揀選了祂的僕人大衛,
把他從羊圈中召來,
71 讓他離開牧羊的生活,
去牧養祂的子民雅各的後裔,
牧養祂的產業以色列。
72 於是,大衛以正直的心牧養他們,
用靈巧的手帶領他們。