Hear my teaching, O my people; *
incline your ears to the words of my mouth.
I will open my mouth in a parable; *
I will utter dark sayings of old,
Which we have heard and known, *
and such as our forefathers have told us;
That we should not hide them from the children of the generations to come, *
but show the honor of the Lord, his mighty and wonderful works that he has done.
He made a covenant with Jacob, and gave Israel a law, *
which he commanded our forefathers to teach their children;
That their posterity might know it, *
and the children which were yet unborn;
With the intent that when they came up *
they might show it to their children,
That they might put their trust in God, *
and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments;
And not be as their forefathers, a faithless and stubborn generation, *
a generation that did not set their heart aright, and whose spirit did not cleave steadfastly to God;
Like the children of Ephraim, archers carrying bows, *
who turned back in the day of battle.
They did not keep the covenant of God, *
and would not walk in his law;
But forgot what he had done, *
and the wonderful works that he had shown them.
Marvelous things he did in the sight of our forefathers, *
in the land of Egypt, even in the field of Zoan.
He divided the sea and let them go through; *
he made the waters to stand in a heap.
In the daytime he led them with a cloud, *
and all the night through with a light of fire.
He split the hard rocks in the wilderness *
and gave them drink in abundance, as out of the great deep.
He brought waters out of the stony rock, *
so that it gushed out like the rivers.
Yet for all this they sinned more against him, *
and provoked the Most High in the wilderness.