1 Hear my doctrine, O my people: incline

your ears unto the words of my mouth.

2 I will open my mouth in a parable: I will

declare high sentences of old.

3 Which we have heard and known, and our

fathers have told us.

4 We will not hide them from their children,

but to the generation to come we will show the praise of

the Lord, his power also, and his wonderful works

that he hath done:

5 How he established a testimony in Jacob, and

ordained a Law in Israel, which he commanded our

fathers, that they should teach their children:

6 That the posterity might know it, and the

children, which should be born, should stand up,

and declare it to their children.

7 That they might set their hope on God, and

not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments:

8 And not to be as their fathers, a disobedient

and rebellious generation: a generation that set not

9 The children of Ephraim being armed and

shooting with the bow, turned back in the day of


10 They kept not the Covenant of God, but refused

to walk in his Law,

11 And forgate his acts, and his wonderful works

that he had showed them.

12 He did marvelous things in the sight of their

fathers in the land of Egypt; even in the field of


13 He divided the Sea, and led them through: he

made also the waters to stand as an heap.

14 In the daytime also he led them with a cloud,

and all the night with a light of fire.

15 He clave the rocks in the wilderness, and gave

them drink as of the great depths.

16 He brought floods also out of the stony rock, so

that he made the waters to descend like the rivers.

17 Yet they sinned still against him, and provoked

the Highest in the wilderness,

18 And tempted God in their hearts in 1requiring

meat for their lust.

19 They spake against God also, saying, Can God

prepare a table in the wilderness?

20 Behold, he smote the rock, that the water

gushed out, and the streams overflowed: can he give

bread also? or prepare flesh for his people?

21 Therefore the Lord heard, and was angry, and

the fire was kindled in Jacob, and also wrath came

upon Israel,

22 Because they believed not in God, and trusted

not in his help.

23 Yet he had commanded the clouds above, and

had opened the doors of heaven,

24 And had rained down Manna upon them for

to eat, and had given them of the wheat of heaven.

25 Man did eat the bread of Angels: he sent them

meat enough.

26 He caused the East wind to pass in the heaven:

and through his power he brought in the South


27 He rained flesh also upon them as dust, and

feathered fowl as the sand of the sea.

28 And he made it fall in the midst of their camp,

even round about their habitations.

29 So they did eat, and were well filled: for he gave

them their desire.

30 They were not turned from their lusts, but the

meat was yet in their mouths,

31 When the wrath of God came even upon them,

and slew the strongest of them, and smote down

the chosen men of Israel.

32 For all this they sinned still, and believed not

his wondrous works.

33 Therefore their days did he consume in vanity,

and their years hastily.

34 And when he slew them, they sought him,

and they returned, and sought God early.

35 And they remembered that God was their

strength, and the most high God their redeemer.

36 But they flattered him with their mouth, and

dissembled with him with their tongue.

37 For their heart was not upright with him:

neither were they faithful in his covenant.

38 Yet he being merciful, forgave their iniquity,

and destroyed them not, but oft times called back

his anger, and did not stir up all his wrath.

39 For he remembered that they were flesh: yea,

a wind that passeth and cometh not again.

40 How oft did they provoke him in the wilderness?

and grieve him in the desert?

41 Yea, they returned and tempted God, and

limited the Holy one of Israel.

42 They remembered not his hand, nor the day

when he delivered them from the enemy,

43 Nor him that set his signs in Egypt, and his

wonders in the field of Zoan,

44 And turned their rivers into blood, and their

floods, that they could not drink.

45 He sent a swarm of flies among them, which

devoured them, and frogs, which destroyed them.

46 He gave also their fruits unto the caterpillar,

and their labor unto the grasshopper.

47 He destroyed their vines with hail, and their

wild fig trees with the hailstone.

48 He gave their cattle also to the hail, and their

flocks to the thunderbolts.

49 He cast upon them the fierceness of his anger,

indignation and wrath, and vexation by the sending

out of evil angels.

50 He made a way to his anger: he spared not

their soul from death, but gave their life to the


51 And smote all the firstborn in Egypt, even the

beginning of their strength in the tabernacles of


52 But he made his people to go out like sheep,

and led them in the wilderness like a flock.

53 Yea, he carried them out safely, and they feared

not, and the Sea covered their enemies.

54 And he brought them unto the borders of his

Sanctuary: even to this Mountain which his right

hand purchased.

55 He cast out the heathen also before them,

and caused them to fall to the lot of his inheritance,

and made the tribes of Israel to dwell in their tabernacles.

56 Yet they tempted, and provoked the most high

God, and kept not his testimonies,

57 But turned back, and dealt falsely like their

fathers: they turned like a deceitful bow.

58 And they provoked him to anger with their

high places, and moved him to wrath with their

graven images.

59 God heard this and was wroth, and greatly

abhorred Israel,

60 So that he forsook the habitation of Shiloh,

even the Tabernacle where he dwelt among men,

61 And delivered his power into captivity, and

his beauty into the enemy’s hand.

62 And he gave up his people to the sword, and

was angry with his inheritance.

63 The fire devoured their chosen men, and their

maids were not praised.

64 Their Priests fell by the sword, and their widows

lamented not.

65 But the Lord awaked as one out of sleep, and

as a strong man that after his wine crieth out,

66 And smote his enemies in the hinder parts, and

put them to a perpetual shame.

67 Yet he refused the tabernacle of Joseph, and

chose not the tribe of Ephraim:

68 But chose the tribe of Judah, and mount Zion

which he loved.

69 And he built his Sanctuary as an high palace,

like the earth, which he established forever.

70 He chose David also his servant, and took him

from the sheepfolds.

71 Even from behind the ewes with young, brought

he him to feed his people in Jacob, and his inheritance

in Israel.

72 So he fed them according to the simplicity of

his heart, and guided them by the discretion of his


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