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Psalms 78:55-58


78:55 He drove the nations out from before them;

he assigned them their tribal allotments 1 

and allowed the tribes of Israel to settle down. 2 

78:56 Yet they challenged and defied 3  the sovereign God, 4 

and did not obey 5  his commands. 6 

78:57 They were unfaithful 7  and acted as treacherously as 8  their ancestors;

they were as unreliable as a malfunctioning bow. 9 

78:58 They made him angry with their pagan shrines, 10 

and made him jealous with their idols.

1 tn Heb “he caused to fall [to] them with a measuring line an inheritance.”

2 tn Heb “and caused the tribes of Israel to settle down in their tents.”

3 tn Or “tested and rebelled against.”

4 tn Heb “God, the Most High.”

5 tn Or “keep.”

6 tn Heb “his testimonies” (see Ps 25:10).

7 tn Heb “they turned back.”

8 tn Or “acted treacherously like.”

9 tn Heb “they turned aside like a deceitful bow.”

10 tn Traditionally, “high places.”

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