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1Halelu-JAH. O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good, for his mercy endures for ever.2Who can utter the mighty acts of the Lord? Who can show forth all his praise?3Happy are those that keep judgment and he that does righteousness at all times.4Remember me, O Lord, with the favour that thou dost bear unto thy people; O visit me with thy saving health,5that I may see the good of thy chosen, that I may rejoice in the gladness of thy nation, that I may glory with thine inheritance.
6We have sinned with our fathers, we have committed iniquity; we have done wickedly.7Our fathers did not understand thy wonders in Egypt; they did not remember the multitude of thy mercies but rebelled by the sea, even at the Red sea.8Nevertheless he saved them for his name’s sake, that he might make his mighty power to be known.9He reprehended the Red sea also, and it was dried up, so he led them through the depths, as through the wilderness.10And he saved them from the hand of him that hated them and redeemed them from the hand of the enemy.11And the waters covered their enemies: there was not one of them left.12Then they believed his words; they sang his praise.
13They became rash. They soon forgot his works; they waited not for his counsel:14They gave themselves over to lust in the wilderness and tempted God in the desert.15And he gave them their request, but sent leanness into their soul.16Then they envied Moses in the camp and Aaron the saint of the Lord.17The earth opened and swallowed up Dathan and covered the company of Abiram.18And a fire was kindled in their company; the flame burned up the wicked.19They made a calf in Horeb and worshipped the molten image.20Thus they changed their glory into the similitude of an ox that eats grass.21They forgot the God of their saving health, who had done great things in Egypt,22wondrous works in the land of Ham, and terrible things upon the Red sea.23Therefore he said that he would destroy them, had not Moses his chosen stood before him in the breach, to turn away his wrath lest he should destroy them.24And they despised the pleasant land; they did not believe his word:25But murmured in their tents and did not hearken unto the voice of the Lord.26Therefore he lifted up his hand against them, to overthrow them in the wilderness,27to overthrow their seed also among the Gentiles, and to scatter them in the lands.28They also joined themselves unto Baalpeor and ate the sacrifices for the dead.29Thus they provoked him to anger with their inventions; and the plague broke in upon them.30Then Phinehas stood up and executed judgment, and so the plague was stayed.31And that was counted unto him for righteousness from generation to generation for evermore.32They angered him also at the waters of strife, so that it went ill with Moses for their sakes:33Because they provoked his spirit to rebel, and he spoke it with his lips.
34They did not destroy the nations, concerning whom the Lord commanded them:35But were mingled among the Gentiles and learned their works.36And they served their idols, which were a snare unto them.37Yea, they sacrificed their sons and their daughters unto devils38and shed innocent blood, even the blood of their sons and of their daughters, whom they sacrificed unto the idols of Canaan; and the land was polluted with blood.39Thus they were defiled with their own works and went a whoring with their own inventions.40Therefore was the wrath of the Lord kindled against his people, insomuch that he abhorred his own inheritance.41And he gave them into the hand of the Gentiles, and those that hated them ruled over them.42Their enemies oppressed them, and they were brought into subjection under their hand.43He delivered them many times, but they rebelled at his counsel and were brought low for their iniquity.44Nevertheless he would look upon their affliction and hear their cry45and remember his covenant with them and repent according to the multitude of his mercies.46He also caused those that carried them captives to have mercy upon them.47Save us, O Lord our God, and gather us from among the Gentiles, that we might lift up thy holy name, that we might glory in thy praise.48Blessed be the Lord God of Israel from everlasting to everlasting; and let all the people say, Amen. Halelu-JAH.
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1 Hallelujah!
Give thanks to the Lord because he is good,
because his mercy endures forever.
2 Who can speak about all the mighty things the Lord has done?
Who can announce all the things for which he is worthy of praise?
3 Blessed are those who defend justice
and do what is right at all times.
4 Remember me, O Lord, when you show favor to your people.
Come to help me with your salvation
5 so that I may see the prosperity of your chosen ones,
find joy in our people’s happiness,
and brag with the people who belong to you.
6 We have sinned, and so did our ancestors.
We have done wrong.
We are guilty.
7 When our ancestors were in Egypt,
they gave no thought to your miracles.
They did not remember your numerous acts of mercy,
so they rebelled at the sea, the Red Sea.
8 He saved them because of his reputation
so that he could make his mighty power known.
9 He angrily commanded the Red Sea, and it dried up.
He led them through deep water as though it were a desert.
10 He rescued them from the power of the one who hated them.
He rescued them from the enemy.
11 Water covered their adversaries.
Not one Egyptian survived.
12 Then our ancestors believed what he said.
They sang his praise.
13 They quickly forgot what he did.
They did not wait for his advice.
14 They had an unreasonable desire ⌊for food⌋ in the wilderness.
In the desert they tested God.
15 He gave them what they asked for.
He ⌊also⌋ gave them a degenerative disease.
16 In the camp certain men became envious of Moses.
They also became envious of Aaron, the Lord’s holy one.
17 The ground split open and swallowed Dathan.
It buried Abiram’s followers.
18 A fire broke out among their followers.
Flames burned up wicked people.
19 At Mount Horeb they made ⌊a statue of⌋ a calf.
They worshiped an idol made of metal.
20 They traded their glorious God #Or “their glory.”
for the statue of a bull that eats grass.
21 They forgot God, their savior,
the one who did spectacular things in Egypt,
22 miracles in the land of Ham,
and terrifying things at the Red Sea.
23 God said he was going to destroy them,
but Moses, his chosen one, stood in his way
to prevent him from exterminating them.
24 They refused ⌊to enter⌋ the pleasant land.
They did not believe what he said.
25 They complained in their tents.
They did not obey the Lord.
26 Raising his hand, he swore
that he would kill them in the wilderness,
27 kill their descendants among the nations,
and scatter them throughout various lands.
28 They joined in worshiping the god Baal while they were at Peor,
and they ate what was sacrificed to the dead.
29 They infuriated God by what they did,
and a plague broke out among them.
30 Then Phinehas stood between God and the people,
and the plague was stopped.
31 Because of this, Phinehas was considered righteous forever,
throughout every generation.
32 They made God angry by the water at Meribah.
Things turned out badly for Moses because of what they did,
33 since they made him bitter so that he spoke recklessly.
34 They did not destroy the people as the Lord had told them.
35 Instead, they intermarried with other nations.
They learned to do what other nations did,
36 and they worshiped their idols,
which became a trap for them.
37 They sacrificed their sons and daughters to demons.
38 They shed innocent blood,
the blood of their own sons and daughters
whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan.
The land became polluted with blood.
39 They became filthy because of what they did.
They behaved like prostitutes.
40 The Lord burned with anger against his own people.
He was disgusted with those who belonged to him.
41 He handed them over to other nations,
and those who hated them ruled them.
42 Their enemies oppressed them
and made them subject to their power.
43 He rescued them many times,
but they continued to plot rebellion against him
and to sink deeper because of their sin.
44 He saw that they were suffering
when he heard their cry for help.
45 He remembered his promise #Or “covenant.” to them.
In keeping with his rich mercy, he changed his plans.
46 He let them find compassion
from all those who held them captive.
47 Rescue us, O Lord our God, and gather us from the nations
so that we may give thanks to your holy name
and make your praise our glory.
48 Thanks be to the Lord God of Israel
from everlasting to everlasting.
Let all the people say amen.
Hallelujah!