Tuesday of the Third Week of Lent – Morning Prayer

Psalm 78:1-39

1 Hear my teaching, O my people;*
incline your ears to the words of my mouth.

2 I will open my mouth in a parable;*
I will declare the mysteries of ancient times.

3 That which we have heard and known,
and what our forefathers have told us,*
we will not hide from their children.

4 We will recount to generations to come
the praiseworthy deeds and the power of the LORD,*
and the wonderful works he has done.

5 He gave his decrees to Jacob
and established a law for Israel,*
which he commanded them to teach their children;

6 That the generations to come might know,
and the children yet unborn;*
that they in their turn might tell it to their children;

7 So that they might put their trust in God,*
and not forget the deeds of God,
but keep his commandments;

8 And not be like their forefathers,
a stubborn and rebellious generation,*
a generation whose heart was not steadfast,
and whose spirit was not faithful to God.

9 The people of Ephraim, armed with the bow,*
turned back in the day of battle;

10 They did not keep the covenant of God,*
and refused to walk in his law;

11 They forgot what he had done,*
and the wonders he had shown them.

12 He worked marvels in the sight of their forefathers,*
in the land of Egypt, in the field of Zoan.

13 He split open the sea and let them pass through;*
he made the waters stand up like walls.

14 He led them with a cloud by day,*
and all the night through with a glow of fire.

15 He split the hard rocks in the wilderness*
and gave them drink as from the great deep.

16 He brought streams out of the cliff,*
and the waters gushed out like rivers.

17 But they went on sinning against him,*
rebelling in the desert against the Most High.

18 They tested God in their hearts,*
demanding food for their craving.

19 They railed against God and said,*
“Can God set a table in the wilderness?

20 True, he struck the rock, the waters gushed out, and the gullies overflowed;*
but is he able to give bread
or to provide meat for his people?”

21 When the LORD heard this, he was full of wrath;*
a fire was kindled against Jacob,
and his anger mounted against Israel;

22 For they had no faith in God,*
nor did they put their trust in his saving power.

23 So he commanded the clouds above*
and opened the doors of heaven.

24 He rained down manna upon them to eat*
and gave them grain from heaven.

25 So mortals ate the bread of angels;*
he provided for them food enough.

26 He caused the east wind to blow in the heavens*
and led out the south wind by his might.

27 He rained down flesh upon them like dust*
and winge!d birds like the sand of the sea.

28 He let it fall in the midst of their camp*
and round about their dwellings.

29 So they ate and were well filled,*
for he gave them what they craved.

30 But they did not stop their craving,*
though the food was still in their mouths.

31 So God’s anger mounted against them;*
he slew their strongest men
and laid low the youth of Israel.

32 In spite of all this, they went on sinning*
and had no faith in his wonderful works.

33 So he brought their days to an end like a breath*
and their years in sudden terror.

34 Whenever he slew them, they would seek him,*
and repent, and diligently search for God.

35 They would remember that God was their rock,*
and the Most High God their redeemer.

36 But they flattered him with their mouths*
and lied to him with their tongues.

37 Their heart was not steadfast toward him,*
and they were not faithful to his covenant.

38 But he was so merciful that he forgave their sins
and did not destroy them;*
many times he held back his anger
and did not permit his wrath to be roused.

39 For he remembered that they were but flesh,*
a breath that goes forth and does not return.


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