An Instruction of Asaph.
Give ear, O my people, to my law, Incline your ear to
sayings of my mouth.
I open with a simile my mouth, I bring forth hidden things
That we have heard and do know, And our fathers have
recounted to us.
We do not hide from their sons, To a later generation
recounting praises of Jehovah, And His strength, and His wonders that He hath
And He raiseth up a testimony in Jacob, And a law hath
placed in Israel, That He commanded our fathers, To make them known to their
So that a later generation doth know, Sons who are born, do
rise and recount to their sons,
And place in God their confidence, And forget not the doings
of God, But keep His commands.
And they are not like their fathers, A generation apostate
and rebellious, A generation! it hath not prepared its heart, Nor stedfast with
God is its spirit.
Sons of Ephraim -- armed bearers of bow, Have turned in a
day of conflict.
They have not kept the covenant of God, And in His law they
have refused to walk,
And they forget His doings, And His wonders that He shewed
Before their fathers He hath done wonders, In the land of
Egypt -- the field of Zoan.
He cleft a sea, and causeth them to pass over, Yea, He
causeth waters to stand as a heap.
And leadeth them with a cloud by day, And all the night with
a light of fire.
He cleaveth rocks in a wilderness, And giveth drink -- as
the great deep.
And bringeth out streams from a rock, And causeth waters to
come down as rivers.
And they add still to sin against Him, To provoke the Most
High in the dry place.
And they try God in their heart, To ask food for their lust.
And they speak against God -- they said: 'Is God able to
array a table in a wilderness?'
Lo, He hath smitten a rock, And waters flow, yea, streams
overflow. 'Also -- bread is He able to give? Doth He prepare flesh for
Therefore hath Jehovah heard, And He sheweth Himself wroth,
And fire hath been kindled against Jacob, And anger also hath gone up against
For they have not believed in God, Nor have they trusted in
And He commandeth clouds from above, Yea, doors of the
heavens He hath opened.
And He raineth on them manna to eat, Yea, corn of heaven He
hath given to them.
Food of the mighty hath each eaten, Venison He sent to them
He causeth an east wind to journey in the heavens, And
leadeth by His strength a south wind,
And He raineth on them flesh as dust, And as sand of the
seas -- winged fowl,
And causeth it to fall in the midst of His camp,
Round about His tabernacles.
And they eat, and are greatly satisfied, And their desire He
bringeth to them.
They have not been estranged from their desire, Yet is
their food in their mouth,
And the anger of God hath gone up against them, And He
slayeth among their fat ones, And youths of Israel He caused to bend.
With all this they have sinned again, And have not believed
in His wonders.
And He consumeth in vanity their days, And their years in
If He slew them, then they sought Him, And turned back, and
sought God earnestly,
And they remember that God is their rock, And God
Most High their redeemer.
And -- they deceive Him with their mouth, And with their
tongue do lie to Him,
And their heart hath not been right with Him, And they have
not been stedfast in His covenant.
And He -- the Merciful One, Pardoneth iniquity, and
destroyeth not, And hath often turned back His anger, And waketh not up all His
And He remembereth that they are flesh, A wind going
on -- and it returneth not.
How often do they provoke Him in the wilderness, Grieve Him
in the desolate place?
Yea, they turn back, and try God, And the Holy One of Israel
They have not remembered His hand The day He ransomed them
from the adversary.
When He set His signs in Egypt, And His wonders in the field
And He turneth to blood their streams, And their floods they
He sendeth among them the beetle, and it consumeth them, And
the frog, and it destroyeth them,
And giveth to the caterpillar their increase, And their
labour to the locust.
He destroyeth with hail their vine, And their sycamores with
And delivereth up to the hail their beasts, And their cattle
to the burning flames.
He sendeth on them the fury of His anger, Wrath, and
indignation, and distress -- A discharge of evil messengers.
He pondereth a path for His anger, He kept not back their
soul from death, Yea, their life to the pestilence He delivered up.
And He smiteth every first-born in Egypt, The first-fruit of
the strong in tents of Ham.
And causeth His people to journey as a flock, And guideth
them as a drove in a wilderness,
And He leadeth them confidently, And they have not been
afraid, And their enemies hath the sea covered.
And He bringeth them in unto the border of His sanctuary,
This mountain His right hand had got,
And casteth out nations from before them, And causeth them
to fall in the line of inheritance, And causeth the tribes of Israel to dwell
in their tents,
And they tempt and provoke God Most High, And His
testimonies have not kept.
And they turn back, And deal treacherously like their
fathers, They have been turned like a deceitful bow,
And make Him angry with their high places, And with their
graven images make Him zealous,
God hath heard, and sheweth Himself wroth. And kicketh
exceedingly against Israel.
And He leaveth the tabernacle of Shiloh, The tent He had
placed among men,
And He giveth His strength to captivity, And His beauty into
the hand of an adversary,
And delivereth up to the sword His people, And with His
inheritance shewed Himself angry.
His young men hath fire consumed, And His virgins have not
His priests by the sword have fallen, And their widows weep
And the Lord waketh as a sleeper, As a mighty one crying
aloud from wine.
And He smiteth His adversaries backward, A reproach
age-during He hath put on them,
And He kicketh against the tent of Joseph, And on the tribe
of Ephraim hath not fixed.
And He chooseth the tribe of Judah, With mount Zion that He
And buildeth His sanctuary as a high place, Like the earth,
He founded it to the age.
And He fixeth on David His servant, And taketh him from the
folds of a flock,
From behind suckling ones He hath brought him in, To rule
over Jacob His people, And over Israel His inheritance.
And he ruleth them according to the integrity of his heart,
And by the skilfulness of his hands leadeth them!