43 They forgot his miraculous signs in Egypt, his wonders on the plain of Zoan.
44 For he turned their rivers into blood, so no one could drink from the streams.
45 He sent vast swarms of flies to consume them and hordes of frogs to ruin them.
46 He gave their crops to caterpillars; their harvest was consumed by locusts.
47 He destroyed their grapevines with hail and shattered their sycamores with sleet.
48 He abandoned their cattle to the hail, their livestock to bolts of lightning.
49 He loosed on them his fierce anger-- all his fury, rage, and hostility. He dispatched against them a band of destroying angels.
50 He turned his anger against them; he did not spare the Egyptians' lives but handed them over to the plague.
51 He killed the oldest son in each Egyptian family, the flower of youth throughout the land of Egypt.*1
52 But he led his own people like a flock of sheep, guiding them safely through the wilderness.
53 He kept them safe so they were not afraid; but the sea closed in upon their enemies.
54 He brought them to the border of his holy land, to this land of hills he had won for them.
55 He drove out the nations before them; he gave them their inheritance by lot. He settled the tribes of Israel into their homes.
56 Yet though he did all this for them, they continued to test his patience. They rebelled against the Most High and refused to follow his decrees.
57 They turned back and were as faithless as their parents had been. They were as useless as a crooked bow.
58 They made God angry by building altars to other gods; they made him jealous with their idols.
59 When God heard them, he was very angry, and he rejected Israel completely.
60 Then he abandoned his dwelling at Shiloh, the Tabernacle where he had lived among the people.
61 He allowed the Ark of his might to be captured; he surrendered his glory into enemy hands.
62 He gave his people over to be butchered by the sword, because he was so angry with his own people--his special possession.
63 Their young men were killed by fire; their young women died before singing their wedding songs.
64 Their priests were slaughtered, and their widows could not mourn their deaths.
65 Then the Lord rose up as though waking from sleep, like a mighty man aroused from a drunken stupor.
66 He routed his enemies and sent them to eternal shame.
67 But he rejected Joseph's descendants; he did not choose the tribe of Ephraim.
68 He chose instead the tribe of Judah, Mount Zion, which he loved.
69 There he built his towering sanctuary, as solid and enduring as the earth itself.
70 He chose his servant David, calling him from the sheep pens.
71 He took David from tending the ewes and lambs and made him the shepherd of Jacob's descendants-- God's own people, Israel.
72 He cared for them with a true heart and led them with skillful hands.
Read Psalms 79