Psalm 78:56
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New International Version
But they put God to the test and rebelled against the Most High; they did not keep his statutes.

New Living Translation
But they kept testing and rebelling against God Most High. They did not obey his laws.

English Standard Version
Yet they tested and rebelled against the Most High God and did not keep his testimonies,

New American Standard Bible
Yet they tempted and rebelled against the Most High God And did not keep His testimonies,

King James Bible
Yet they tempted and provoked the most high God, and kept not his testimonies:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But they rebelliously tested the Most High God, for they did not keep His decrees.

International Standard Version
But they tested the Most High God by rebelling against him, and they did not obey his statutes.

NET Bible
Yet they challenged and defied the sovereign God, and did not obey his commands.

New Heart English Bible
Yet they tempted and rebelled against the Most High God, and did not keep his testimonies;

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And they tempted and bitterly provoked God, The Highest, and they did not keep his testimony.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
They tested God Most High and rebelled against him. They did not obey his written instructions.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Yet they tried and provoked God, the Most High, And kept not His testimonies;

New American Standard 1977
Yet they tempted and rebelled against the Most High God,
            And did not keep His testimonies,

Jubilee Bible 2000
Yet they tempted and provoked the most high God and did not keep his testimonies:

King James 2000 Bible
Yet they tested and provoked the most high God, and kept not his testimonies:

American King James Version
Yet they tempted and provoked the most high God, and kept not his testimonies:

American Standard Version
Yet they tempted and rebelled against the Most High God, And kept not his testimonies;

Douay-Rheims Bible
Yet they tempted, and provoked the most high God: and they kept not his testimonies.

Darby Bible Translation
But they tempted and provoked God, the Most High, and kept not his testimonies,

English Revised Version
Yet they tempted and rebelled against the Most High God, and kept not his testimonies;

Webster's Bible Translation
Yet they tempted and provoked the most high God, and kept not his testimonies:

World English Bible
Yet they tempted and rebelled against the Most High God, and didn't keep his testimonies;

Young's Literal Translation
And they tempt and provoke God Most High, And His testimonies have not kept.
Study Bible
I will Open My Mouth in Parables
55He also drove out the nations before them And apportioned them for an inheritance by measurement, And made the tribes of Israel dwell in their tents. 56Yet they tempted and rebelled against the Most High God And did not keep His testimonies, 57But turned back and acted treacherously like their fathers; They turned aside like a treacherous bow.…
Cross References
Exodus 23:21
"Be on your guard before him and obey his voice; do not be rebellious toward him, for he will not pardon your transgression, since My name is in him.

Judges 2:11
Then the sons of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD and served the Baals,

1 Samuel 4:11
And the ark of God was taken; and the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, died.

Psalm 78:18
And in their heart they put God to the test By asking food according to their desire.

Psalm 78:40
How often they rebelled against Him in the wilderness And grieved Him in the desert!
Treasury of Scripture

Yet they tempted and provoked the most high God, and kept not his testimonies:

Psalm 78:40,41 How oft did they provoke him in the wilderness, and grieve him in the desert!…

Deuteronomy 31:16-20 And the LORD said to Moses, Behold, you shall sleep with your fathers; …

Deuteronomy 32:15-21 But Jeshurun waxed fat, and kicked: you are waxen fat, you are grown …

Judges 2:11,12 And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD, and …

2 Kings 17:7 For so it was, that the children of Israel had sinned against the …

Nehemiah 9:25,26 And they took strong cities, and a fat land, and possessed houses …

Ezekiel 16:15-26 But you did trust in your own beauty, and played the harlot because …

Verse 56. - Yet they tempted and provoked the most high God (comp. above, ver. 17). The Israelites continued to "tempt and provoke God" after they had obtained possession of the Holy Land, and divided it among them (see Judges 2:11-19; Judges 3:12; Judges 4:1; Judges 6:1; Judges 10:6-15; Judges 13:1, etc.). And kept not his testimonies; or, his ordinances (Cheyne). Yet they tempted and provoked the most high God,.... After the death of Joshua, and in the times of the judges, by worshipping and serving the gods of the nations, and forsaking the Lord their God, who had done such great things for them, Judges 2:11,

and kept not his testimonies; the laws of God, which testified and declared his mind and will; nor observed his word and ordinances, which testified of his grace, and of the way of salvation by Jesus Christ. 56, 57. a deceitful bow—which turns back, and so fails to project the arrow (2Sa 1:22; Ho 7:16). They relapsed.78:56-72 After the Israelites were settled in Canaan, the children were like their fathers. God gave them his testimonies, but they turned back. Presumptuous sins render even Israelites hateful to God's holiness, and exposed to his justice. Those whom the Lord forsakes become an easy prey to the destroyer. And sooner or later, God will disgrace his enemies. He set a good government over his people; a monarch after his own heart. With good reason does the psalmist make this finishing, crowning instance of God's favour to Israel; for David was a type of Christ, the great and good Shepherd, who was humbled first, and then exalted; and of whom it was foretold, that he should be filled with the Spirit of wisdom and understanding. On the uprightness of his heart, and the skilfulness of his hands, all his subjects may rely; and of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end. Every trial of human nature hitherto, confirms the testimony of Scripture, that the heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked, and nothing but being created anew by the Holy Ghost can cure the ungodliness of any.
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