So He remembered that they were but flesh, a wind that passeth away, and cometh not again.
How oft did they rebel against Him in the wilderness, and grieve Him in the desert!
And still again they tried G-d, and set bounds to the Holy One of Israel.
They remembered not His hand, nor the day when He redeemed them from the adversary.
How He set His signs in Egypt, and His wonders in the field of Zoan;
And turned their rivers into blood, so that they could not drink their streams.
He sent among them swarms of flies, which devoured them; and frogs, which destroyed them.
He gave also their increase unto the caterpillar, and their labour unto the locust.
He destroyed their vines with hail, and their sycamore-trees with frost.
He gave over their cattle also to the hail, and their flocks to fiery bolts.
He sent forth upon them the fierceness of His anger, wrath, and indignation, and trouble, a sending of messengers of evil.
He levelled a path for His anger; He spared not their soul from death, but gave their life over to the pestilence;
And smote all the first-born in Egypt, the first-fruits of their strength in the tents of Ham;
But He made His own people to go forth like sheep, and guided them in the wilderness like a flock.
And He led them safely, and they feared not; but the sea overwhelmed their enemies.
And He brought them to His holy border, to the mountain, which His right hand had gotten.
He drove out the nations also before them, and allotted them for an inheritance by line, and made the tribes of Israel to dwell in their tents.
Yet they tried and provoked G-d, the Most High, and kept not His testimonies;
But turned back, and dealt treacherously like their fathers; they were turned aside like a deceitful bow.
For they provoked Him with their high places, and moved Him to jealousy with their graven images.
G-d heard, and was wroth, and He greatly abhorred Israel;
And He forsook the tabernacle of Shiloh, the tent which He had made to dwell among men;
And delivered His strength into captivity, and His glory into the adversary's hand.
He gave His people over also unto the sword; and was wroth with His inheritance.
Fire devoured their young men; and their virgins had no marriage-song.
Their priests fell by the sword; and their widows made no lamentation.
Then the L-rd awaked as one asleep, like a mighty man recovering from wine.
And He smote His adversaries backward; He put upon them a perpetual reproach.
Moreover He abhorred the tent of Joseph, and chose not the tribe of Ephraim;
But chose the tribe of Judah, the mount Zion which He loved.
And He built His sanctuary like the heights, like the earth which He hath founded for ever.
He chose David also His servant, and took him from the sheepfolds;
From following the ewes that give suck He brought him, to be shepherd over Jacob His people, and Israel His inheritance.
So he shepherded them according to the integrity of his heart; and lead them by the skilfulness of his hands.