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
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
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
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
59 God heard this and was wroth, and greatly
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
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
72 So he fed them according to the simplicity of
his heart, and guided them by the discretion of his