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Evening Prayer.


This Psalm of Afaph contains a concise account of the

Jewish people from their leaving Egypt to the times of David. Its object is an exhortation to perseverance in obedience to God.

1. GIVE ear, O my people, to my instruction; incline your ears to the words of my mouth.

2. I will open my mouth in examples, I will declare the histories of ancient times,

3. Which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told unto us.

4. We will not hide them from their children, fhewing the generation to come the praises of the Lord, and his strength, and the wonderful works which he hath done, 5.

When he established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Ifrael, which he commanded our forefathers, that they should make them known to their children:

. 6. That the generation to come might know, the children which should be born might arise and tell their fons :

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 fet not their heart aright, and whose spirit cleaved not stedfastly unto God;

9. Like the children of Ephraim, who, armed and shooting with bows, turned back in the day of battle:

10. Who kept not the covenant of God, and refused to walk in his law :

II. But forgat what he had done, and the wonderful works that he had shewed them.

12. Marvellous things did he in the sight of their fathers, in the land of Egypt, in the plain 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 day time also he led them with a cloud, and all the night through 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 stony rock; and caused waters to gush out like the rivers. 17. Yet they finned still more against him, and provoked the Most High in the wilderness.

18. They tempted God in their heart, by asking meat for their lust.

19. And they spake against God, and faid, Can God spread a table in the wilderness?

20. He fmote the stony rock indeed, that the waters gushed out, and the streams flowed withal; but can he give bread also ? Can he provide flesh for his people?

21. Then the Lord heard, and was wroth; fo a fire was kindled against Jacob, and there came up heavy displeasure against Israel.

22. Because they believed not in God, and put not their trust in his falvation.

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

24. And rained down manna upon them to eat, and gave them of the food of heaven.

25. Men did eat angels food, he sent them meat to the full

26. He caused the east wind to blow in the hea. ven, he also brought the south wind by his

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He rained flesh also upon them as thick as dust, and winged fowl like as the land of the sea.

28. And he let it fall in the midst of their camp, round about their tents.

29. So they did eat and were well filled; for he gave them their own desire.

30. They were scarcely estranged from their longing, their food yet in their mouths.

31. When the wrath of God came upon them, and flew the chief of them, and smote down the chofen men of Israel.

32. For all this they finned yet more; and believed not for his wondrous works.

33. Therefore their days did he consume in va. nity, and their years in trouble.

34. When he flew them, then they fought him; and they tạrned and entreated God.

35. And they remembered that God was their defence, and the Most High God their redeemer.

36. Nevertheless they did but flatter him with their mouth, and they dissembled with him in

their tongues.

37. For their heart was not entire with him, neither were they stedfast in his covenant.

38. But he, full of compassion, forgave their misdeeds, and destroyed them not; yea many a time turned he his anger away, and would not suffer all his displeasure to arise.

39. For he considered that they were but flesh; a wind that pafseth away, and cometh not again.

40. How oft did they provoke him in the wil. derness, and grieve him in the defart?

41. Yea, they turned back, and tempted God, and fet bounds to the holy one of Israel.


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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 turned their rivers into blood; and their streams, that they could not drink.

45. He sent divers fort of flies among them, which devoured them, and frogs which destroyed them.

46. He gave also their fruit unto the caterpillar, and their labour unto the locust.

47. He destroyed their vines also with hail-stones; and their fycamore trees with frost.

48. He gave up their cattle to the hail, and their flocks to the hot thunderbolts.

49. He cast upon them the fierceness of his anger, wrath, indignation and trouble, sending the ministers of evil among them.

50. He made an even way to his anger, he spared not their soul from death, but gave their life over to the peftilence.

51. And smote all the first born in Egypt, the first fruits of their strength, in the tents of Ham.

52. But as for his own people, he led them forth like sheep, and guided them in the wilderness like a flock.

53. He brought them out safely, fo that they feared not; but the sea overwhelmed their enemies.

54. And he brought them to the hill of his ho

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