Psalm 78:40-55


How often they rebelled against Him in the wilderness
And grieved Him in the desert!

Again and again they tempted God,
And distressed the Holy One of Israel.

They did not remember [the miracles worked by] His [powerful] hand,
Nor the day when He redeemed them from the enemy,

How He worked His miracles in Egypt
And His wonders in the field of Zoan [where Pharaoh resided],

And turned their rivers into blood,
And their streams, so that they could not drink.

He sent among them swarms of flies which devoured them,
And frogs which destroyed them.

He also gave their crops to the grasshopper,
And the fruit of their labor to the locust.

He destroyed their vines with [great] hailstones
And their sycamore trees with frost.

He gave over their cattle also to the hailstones,
And their flocks and herds to thunderbolts.

He sent upon them His burning anger,
His fury and indignation and distress,
A band of angels of destruction [among them].

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.

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.

But God led His own people forward like sheep
And guided them in the wilderness like [a good shepherd with] a flock.

He led them safely, so that they did not fear;
But the sea engulfed their enemies.


So He brought them to His holy land,
To this mountain [Zion] which His right hand had acquired.

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].

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