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Psalms 78:11-22

Context

78:11 They forgot what he had done, 1 

the amazing things he had shown them.

78:12 He did amazing things in the sight of their ancestors,

in the land of Egypt, in the region of Zoan. 2 

78:13 He divided the sea and led them across it;

he made the water stand in a heap.

78:14 He led them with a cloud by day,

and with the light of a fire all night long.

78:15 He broke open rocks in the wilderness,

and gave them enough water to fill the depths of the sea. 3 

78:16 He caused streams to flow from the rock,

and made the water flow like rivers.

78:17 Yet they continued to sin against him,

and rebelled against the sovereign One 4  in the desert.

78:18 They willfully challenged God 5 

by asking for food to satisfy their appetite.

78:19 They insulted God, saying, 6 

“Is God really able to give us food 7  in the wilderness?

78:20 Yes, 8  he struck a rock and water flowed out,

streams gushed forth.

But can he also give us food?

Will he provide meat for his people?”

78:21 When 9  the Lord heard this, he was furious.

A fire broke out against Jacob,

and his anger flared up 10  against Israel,

78:22 because they did not have faith in God,

and did not trust his ability to deliver them. 11 

Psalms 78:32

Context

78:32 Despite all this, they continued to sin,

and did not trust him to do amazing things. 12 

1 tn Heb “his deeds.”

2 sn The region of Zoan was located in the Egyptian delta, where the enslaved Israelites lived (see Num 13:22; Isa 19:11, 13; 30:4; Ezek 30:14).

3 tn Heb “and caused them to drink, like the depths, abundantly.”

4 tn Heb “rebelling [against] the Most High.”

5 tn Heb “and they tested God in their heart.” The “heart” is viewed here as the center of their volition.

6 tn Heb “they spoke against God, they said.”

7 tn Heb “to arrange a table [for food].”

8 tn Heb “look.”

9 tn Heb “therefore.”

10 tn Heb “and also anger went up.”

11 tn Heb “and they did not trust his deliverance.”

12 tn Heb “and did not believe in his amazing deeds.”



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