Psalm 78:56
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,

Berean Study Bible
But they tested and disobeyed God Most High, for they did not keep His decrees.

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:

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

Contemporary English Version
But the people tested God Most High, and they refused to obey his laws.

Good News Translation
But they rebelled against Almighty God and put him to the test. They did not obey his commandments,

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;

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Yet they tempted and provoked 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 drove out nations before them and apportioned their inheritance; He settled the tribes of Israel in their tents. 56But they tested and disobeyed God Most High, for they did not keep His decrees. 57They turned back and were faithless like their fathers, twisted like a faulty bow.…
Cross References
Exodus 23:21
Pay attention to him and listen to his voice; do not defy him, for he will not forgive rebellion, since My Name is in him.

Judges 2:11
And the Israelites did evil in the sight of the LORD and served the Baals.

1 Samuel 4:11
The ark of God was captured, and Eli's two sons, Hophni and Phinehas, died.

Psalm 78:18
They willfully tested God by demanding the food they craved.

Psalm 78:40
How often they disobeyed 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 unto Moses, Behold, thou shalt sleep with thy fathers; and this people will rise up, and go a whoring after the gods of the strangers of the land, whither they go to be among them, and will forsake me, and break my covenant which I have made with them…

Deuteronomy 32:15-21
But Jeshurun waxed fat, and kicked: thou art waxen fat, thou art grown thick, thou art covered with fatness; then he forsook God which made him, and lightly esteemed the Rock of his salvation…







Lexicon
But they tested
וַיְנַסּ֣וּ (way·nas·sū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Piel - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 5254: To test, to attempt

and disobeyed
וַ֭יַּמְרוּ (way·yam·rū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Hifil - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 4784: To be contentious or rebellious

God
אֱלֹהִ֣ים (’ĕ·lō·hîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 430: gods -- the supreme God, magistrates, a superlative

Most High,
עֶלְי֑וֹן (‘el·yō·wn)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5945: An elevation, lofty, as title, the Supreme

for they did not
לֹ֣א (lō)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's Hebrew 3808: Not, no

keep
שָׁמָֽרוּ׃ (šā·mā·rū)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 8104: To hedge about, guard, to protect, attend to

His decrees.
וְ֝עֵדוֹתָ֗יו (wə·‘ê·ḏō·w·ṯāw)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - feminine plural construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5713: Testimony, witness
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). 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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