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Psalms 78:17

    Psalms 78:17 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And they sinned yet more against him by provoking the most High in the wilderness.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And they sinned yet more against him by provoking the most High in the wilderness.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Yet went they on still to sin against him, To rebel against the Most High in the desert.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And they went on sinning against him even more, turning away from the Most High in the waste land;

    Webster's Revision

    Yet went they on still to sin against him, To rebel against the Most High in the desert.

    World English Bible

    Yet they still went on to sin against him, to rebel against the Most High in the desert.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Yet went they on still to sin against him, to rebel against the Most High in the desert.

    Barnes' Notes on Psalms 78:17

    And they sinned yet more against him - literally, "They added to sin against him." The idea is, that his mercies, and the proofs of his presence were only made the occasion of greater sin on their part. This may have been in two ways;

    (1) their sin was thus more aggravated, as being committed against greater light; and

    (2) they evinced more and more their depravity, in proportion as he bestowed mercies on them - not an uncommon thing with people.

    By provoking the Most High - literally, "embittering." They rebelled against him. They refused to submit to him. They forgot his mercies. Compare Deuteronomy 9:22.

    In the wilderness - literally, "in the dry place;" in the desert. In the very place where they were most manifestly dependent on him - where there were no natural streams of water - where their needs were met by a miraculous supply - even there did they provoke him, and rebel against him. If he had simply stopped that miraculous supply of water they must have perished. But sinners forget how dependent they are on God, when they sin against him. On what can they rely, if he withdraws from them, and leaves them to themselves?

    Wesley's Notes on Psalms 78:17

    78:17 Wilderness - Where they had such singular obligations to obedience. This was a great aggravation of their sins.