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Psalm 78
Psalm 78
TALLIS' ORDINAL  |  Bible Passage
Author: Scottish Psalter
Musician: Harm. by Thomas Tallis, c. 1505-1585

1   ATTEND, my people, to my law;
          Thereto give thou an ear;
     The words that from my mouth proceed
          Attentively do hear.
2   My mouth shall speak a parable,
          And sayings dark of old;
3   The same which we have heard and known,
          And us our fathers told.

4   We also will them not conceal
          From their posterity;
     But to the race that is to come
          Declare them faithfully.
     The praises of the Lord our God,
          And his almighty strength,
     The wondrous works that he hath done,
          We will show forth at length.

5   His testimony and his law
          In Israel he did place,
     And charged our fathers it to show
          To their succeeding race;
6   That so the race which was to come
          Might well them learn and know; 
     And sons unborn, who should arise,
          Might to their sons them show:

7   That they might set their hope in God,
          And suffer not to fall
     His mighty works out of their mind,
          But keep his precepts all:
8   And might not, like their fathers, be
          A stiff rebellious race;
     A race not right in heart; with God
          Whose spirit faithless was.

9   The sons of Ephraim nor bows
          Nor other arms did lack;
     Yet, when the day of battle came,
          Faint-hearted they turned back. 
10 They brake God's covenant, and refused
          In his commands to go;
11 His works and wonders they forgot,
          Which he to them did show.

12 Things marvellous he brought to pass;
          Their fathers them beheld 
     Within the land of Egypt done,
          Yea, even in Zoan's field.
13 The sea asunder he did cleave,
          He led them through the deep; 
     And made the waters stand on high,
          As though they were an heap.

14 With cloud by day, with light of fire
          All night, he did them guide.
15 He in the desert clave the rocks,
          And drink as floods supplied.
16 He from the rock brought streams, like floods
          Made waters down to run;
17 Yet sinned they still, in desert they
          Provoked the Highest One.

18 For in their heart they tempted God,
          And, speaking with mistrust, 
     They greedily did meat require
          To satisfy their lust.
19 Against the Lord himself they spake,
          And, murmuring, said thus,
     A table in the wilderness
          Can God prepare for us?

20 Behold, he smote the rock, and streams
          Forth gushed and waters wide: 
     But can he give his people bread,
          And flesh for them provide?
21 The Lord did hear, and waxed wroth;
          So kindled was a flame
     'Gainst Jacob, and 'gainst Israel
          Up indignation came.

22 For they believed not God, nor trust
          In his salvation had;
23 Though clouds above he did command,
          And heaven's doors open made, 
24 And manna rained on them, and gave
          Them corn of heaven to eat.
25 Man angels' food did eat; to them
          He to the full sent meat.

26 And in the heaven he did cause
          An eastern wind to blow;
     And by his power he did direct
          The southern wind to go.
27 Then flesh as thick as dust he made
          To rain down them among;
     And feathered fowls, like to the sand
          Which lies the shore along.

28 At his command amidst their camp
          These showers of flesh down fell, 
     All round about the tabernacles
          And tents where they did dwell. 
29 So they did eat abundantly,
          And had of meat their fill;
     For he did give to them what was
          Their own desire and will.

30 They from their lust had not estranged
          Their heart and their desire;
     But while the meat was in their mouths,
          Which they did so require,
31 God's wrath upon thcm camc, and slew
          The fattest of them all;
     So that the choice of Israel,
          O'erthrown by death, did fall.

32 Yet after all the Lord had done
          They still went on in sin;
     Nor did believe, although his works
          So wonderful had been.
33 Wherefore their days in vanity
          He did consume and waste;
     And by his wrath their wretched years
          Away in grief did haste.

34 But when he slew them, then they did
          To seek him show desire;
     Yea, they returned, and after God
          Right early did inquire.
35 And thus that God had been their Rock
          They did remember then;
     And that the high almighty God
          Had their Redeemer been.

36 Yet with their mouth they flattered him,
          And with their tongues they lied;
37 Their heart not steadfast was; they from
          His covenant turned aside.
38 But, full of pity, he forgave
          Their sin, them did not slay, 
     Nor stirred up all his wrath, but oft
          His anger turned away.

39 For that they were but fading flesh
          To mind he did recall;
     A wind that passeth soon away,
          Nor doth return at all.
40 How often did they him provoke
          Within the wilderness!
     And in the desert did him grieve
          With their rebelliousness!

41 Yea, turning back, they tempted God,
          And limits they did place
     Upon the High and Holy One,
          The God of Israel's race.
42 They did not call to mind his power,
          Nor yet the day when he 
     Delivered them out of the hand
          Of their fierce enemy;

43 When wonders he in Egypt wrought,
          And signs m Zoan's fieId;
44 Their rivers turned he into blood,
          Their streams no drink did yield.
45 He sent the fly which them devoured,
          The frog which did them spoil; 
46 He gave the worm their increase all,
          The locust all their toil.

47 Their vines with hail, their sycamores
          He with the frost did blast;
48 Hail on their beasts, hot thunderbolts
          Upon their flocks, he cast.
49 Fierce anger he let loose on them,
          And indignation strong, 
     Distress and trouble, angels sent
          Of evil them among.

50 He for his wrath made way; their soul
          From death he did not save; 
     But over to the pestilence
          Their life in judgment gave.
51 In Egypt he the first-born all
          Did smite down everywhere; 
     Among the tents of Ham, even those
          Chief of their strength that were.

52 But his own people, like to sheep,
          Thence to go forth he made; 
     And he, amidst the wilderness,
          Them, as a flock, did lead.
53 And he in safety led them on,
          So that they did not fear; 
     Whereas their enemies by the sea
          Quite overwhelmed were.

54 Unto his holy border then
          The Lord his people led,
     Even to the mount which his fight hand
          For them had purchased.
55 The nations, which in Canaan dwelt,
          By his almighty hand
     Before his people's face he drove
          Out of their native land;

     Which for inheritance to them
          By line he did divide,
     And made the tribes of Israel
          Within their tents abide.
56 Yet God most high they did provoke,
          And him they tempted still;
     His testimonies to observe
          Did not incline their will;

57 But like their fathers turned back,
          And dealt unfaithfully:
     Aside they turned, like a bow
          That shoots deceitfully.
58 For they to anger did provoke
          Him with their places high; 
     And with their graven images
          Moved him to jealousy.

59 When God heard this he waxed wroth
          And much loathed Israel then: 
60 So Shiloh's tent he left, the tent
          Which he had pitched with men. 
61 And he his strength delivered 
          Into captivity;
     He left his glory in the hand
          Of his proud enemy.

62 His people also he gave o'er
          Unto the sword's fierce rage: 
     And hotly did his anger burn
          Against his heritage.
63 The fire consumed their choice young men;
          Their maids no marriage had;
64 And when their priests fell by the sword,
          Their wives no mourning made.

65 But then the Lord arose, as one
          Who from his sleep awakes; 
     And like a strong man who from wine
          A shout of triumph makes.
66 Upon his enemies' backs he made
          His heavy stroke to fall;
     To a perpetual reproach
          And shame he put them all.

67 Moreover, he the tabernacle
          Of Joseph did refuse;
     The mighty tribe of Ephraim
          He would in no wise choose: 
68 But he the tribe of Judah chose
          To be the rest above;
     And of mount Zion he made choice,
          Which he so much did love.

69 He also like unto the heights
          Did build his sanctuary,
     Like to the earth which he did found
          To perpetuity.
70 Of David, that his servant was,
          He also choice did make,
     And even from the folds of sheep
          Was pleased him to take:

71 From waiting on the ewes with young,
          He brought him forth to feed 
     Israel, his inheritance,
          His people, Jacob's seed.
72 And so in his integrity
          Of heart he did them feed;
     And with a wise and skilful hand
          Them prudently did lead.


1 ¶ Give ear, O my people, to my law: incline your ears to the words of my mouth.
2 I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of old:
3 Which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us.
4 We will not hide them from their children, shewing to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, and his strength, and his wonderful works that he hath done.
5 For he established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children:
6 That the generation to come might know them, even the children which should be born; who should arise and declare them to their children:
7 That they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments:
8 And might not be as their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation; a generation that set not their heart aright, and whose spirit was not stedfast with God.
9 ¶ The children of Ephraim, being armed, and carrying bows, turned back in the day of battle.
10 They kept not the covenant of God, and refused to walk in his law;
11 And forgat his works, and his wonders that he had shewed them.
12 Marvellous things did he in the sight of their fathers, in the land of Egypt, in the field of Zoan.
13 He divided the sea, and caused them to pass through; and he made 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 out of the great depths.
16 He brought streams also out of the rock, and caused waters to run down like rivers.
17 And they sinned yet more against him by provoking the most High in the wilderness.
18 And they tempted God in their heart by asking meat for their lust.
19 Yea, they spake against God; they said, Can God furnish a table in the wilderness?
20 Behold, he smote the rock, that the waters gushed out, and the streams overflowed; can he give bread also? can he provide flesh for his people?
21 Therefore the LORD heard this, and was wroth: so a fire was kindled against Jacob, and anger also came up against Israel;
22 Because they believed not in God, and trusted not in his salvation:
23 Though he had commanded the clouds from above, and opened the doors of heaven,
24 And had rained down manna upon them to eat, and had given them of the corn of heaven.
25 Man did eat angels' food: he sent them meat to the full.
26 He caused an east wind to blow in the heaven: and by his power he brought in the south wind.
27 He rained flesh also upon them as dust, and feathered fowls like as the sand of the sea:
28 And he let it fall in the midst of their camp, round about their habitations.
29 So they did eat, and were well filled: for he gave them their own desire;
30 They were not estranged from their lust. But while their meat was yet in their mouths,
31 The wrath of God came upon them, and slew the fattest of them, and smote down the chosen men of Israel.
32 For all this they sinned still, and believed not for his wondrous works.
33 Therefore their days did he consume in vanity, and their years in trouble.
34 When he slew them, then they sought him: and they returned and enquired early after God.
35 And they remembered that God was their rock, and the high God their redeemer.
36 Nevertheless they did flatter him with their mouth, and they lied unto him with their tongues.
37 For their heart was not right with him, neither were they stedfast in his covenant.
38 But he, being full of compassion, forgave their iniquity, and destroyed them not: yea, many a time turned he his anger away, and did not stir up all his wrath.
39 For he remembered that they were but flesh; a wind that passeth away, and cometh not again.
40 ¶ How oft did they provoke him in the wilderness, and grieve him in the desert!
41 Yea, they turned back 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 How he had wrought his signs in Egypt, and his wonders in the field of Zoan:
44 And had turned their rivers into blood; and their floods, that they could not drink.
45 He sent divers sorts of flies among them, which devoured them; and frogs, which destroyed them.
46 He gave also their increase unto the caterpiller, and their labour unto the locust.
47 He destroyed their vines with hail, and their sycomore trees with frost.
48 He gave up their cattle also to the hail, and their flocks to hot thunderbolts.
49 He cast upon them the fierceness of his anger, wrath, and indignation, and trouble, by sending evil angels among them.
50 He made a way to his anger; he spared not their soul from death, but gave their life over to the pestilence;
51 And smote all the firstborn in Egypt; the chief of their strength in the tabernacles of Ham:
52 But made his own people to go forth like sheep, and guided them in the wilderness like a flock.
53 And he led them on safely, so that they feared not: but the sea overwhelmed their enemies.
54 And he brought them to the border of his sanctuary, even to this mountain, which his right hand had purchased.
55 He cast out the heathen also before them, and divided them an inheritance by line, and made the tribes of Israel to dwell in their tents.
56 Yet they tempted and provoked the most high God, and kept not his testimonies:
57 But turned back, and dealt unfaithfully like their fathers: they were turned aside like a deceitful bow.
58 For they provoked him to anger with their high places, and moved him to jealousy with their graven images.
59 When God heard this, he was wroth, and greatly abhorred Israel:
60 So that he forsook the tabernacle of Shiloh, the tent which he placed among men;
61 And delivered his strength into captivity, and his glory into the enemy's hand.
62 He gave his people over also unto the sword; and was wroth with his inheritance.
63 The fire consumed their young men; and their maidens were not given to marriage.
64 Their priests fell by the sword; and their widows made no lamentation.
65 Then the Lord awaked as one out of sleep, and like a mighty man that shouteth by reason of wine.
66 And he smote his enemies in the hinder parts: he put them to a perpetual reproach.
67 Moreover he refused the tabernacle of Joseph, and chose not the tribe of Ephraim:
68 But chose the tribe of Judah, the mount Zion which he loved.
69 And he built his sanctuary like high palaces, like the earth which he hath established for ever.
70 He chose David also his servant, and took him from the sheepfolds:
71 From following the ewes great with young he brought him to feed Jacob his people, and Israel his inheritance.
72 So he fed them according to the integrity of his heart; and guided them by the skilfulness of his hands.

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