Turn your ear to the words of my mouth.
I will pour forth riddles of old
and our fathers have told us.
recounting them to the generation to come
the songs of praise about Yahweh,
even his strength and his wondrous works
that he has done.
yes, he placed Torah in Israel,
which he commanded our fathers,
that they should declare them to their children;
children to be born,
who should arise and recount to their children,
and not forget the works of God,
but keep his commandments,
a stubborn and disobedient generation,
a generation that did not prepare its heart,
and whose spirit was not faithful toward God.
being well-equipped archers,
turned back in the day of battle.
and they refused to walk in his Torah.
even his wondrous acts that he had shown them.
in the land of Egypt, in the field of Zoan.
and all night with a light of fire.
and gave them abundant water to drink like the deeps.
and caused waters to run down like rivers.
to rebel against the Most High in the dry land.
by asking for food according to their desire.
“Can God prepare a table in the wilderness?
and waters gushed out and streams overflowed.
Can he give food also?
Will he prepare meat for his people?”
Then a fire was kindled against Jacob,
yes, anger also went up against Israel,
and did not trust in his deliverance.
and opened the two doors of heaven.
yes, he gave them grain from heaven.
He sent them provisions in abundance.
And with his strength he made the south wind blow.
winged birds as the sand of the seas,
around their dwellings.
Yes, he brought to them their own desire.
Their food was still in their mouth
yes, he killed some of their nobles,
and he laid low the youth of Israel.
and they did not believe in his wondrous deeds.
and their years with a sudden ruin.
then they sought him.
They repented and desired God.
yes, the Most High God, their redeemer.
and lied to him with their tongue.
nor were they faithful in his covenant.
forgave their punishment and did not exterminate them.
Yes, many times he held back his anger
and did not arouse all his wrath.
a wind that moves along and does not return.
in the wilderness
yes, they hurt his feelings in the desert!
and they hurt the Holy One of Israel.
on the day that he redeemed them from their enemy;
and his wonders in the field of Zoan;
so they could not drink from their streams.
and frogs that destroyed them.
and their product of their toil to the locust.
their sycamore fig trees with a devastating flood.
and their flocks to plagues.
fury and indignation and distress,
a detachment of harmful angels.
He did not spare their soul from death,
but he delivered their life over to the pestilence
the firstfruits of their vigor in the tents of Ham.
and guided them in the wilderness like a flock.
but the sea covered their enemies.
to this mountain that his right hand had acquired.
and apportioned for them a measured territory as an inheritance,
and settled the tribes of Israel in their tents.
and they did not keep his testimonies,
They, like a slack bow, failed to function.
then he utterly rejected Israel,
the tent that he pitched among human beings,
and his beauty into the foe’s hand.
and was filled with anger at his inheritance.
and his virgins were not praised.
and his widows could not weep.
like a mighty man overcome by wine.
He gave to them a perpetual reproach.
and did not choose the tribe of Ephraim,
Mount Zion that he loved.
like the earth that he has established to last forever.
and took him from the sheepfolds;
to shepherd Jacob, his people,
and Israel, his inheritance.
and guided them by the discernment of his hands.