1Praise the Lord!
Oh, give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good,
for His mercy endures forever.
2#Ps 63:1; 84:2 Who can recount the mighty acts of the Lord
or declare all His praise?
3#Ps 79:10; 80:5 Blessed are those who keep justice
and who do righteousness at all times.
4#Isa 30:29; Ps 62:8 Remember me, O Lord, when You give favor to Your people;
visit me with Your deliverance,
5#Ps 42:11; 43:5 that I may see the goodness over Your chosen ones,
that I may rejoice in the gladness of Your nation,
that I may glory with Your inheritance.
6#2Sa 17:22; Dt 3:8–9 We have sinned with our fathers;
we have committed iniquity; we have done wickedly.
7#Ps 88:7; Jnh 2:3 Our fathers did not consider
Your wonders in Egypt;
they did not remember the greatness of Your mercy,
but rebelled against Him at the sea, by the Red Sea.
8#Job 35:10; Ps 63:6 Nevertheless He saved them for His name’s sake,
that He might make His mighty power known.
9#Ps 38:6; 18:2 He rebuked the Red Sea, and it was driedup,
so He led them through the depths as through the wilderness.
10#Ps 42:3; Joel 2:17 He saved them from the hand of him who hated them
and redeemed them from the hand of the enemy.
11#Ps 42:5; 43:5 The waters covered their enemies;
there was not one of them left.
12Then they believed His words;
they sang His praise.
13But they soon forgot His works;
they did not wait for His counsel,
14but they lusted exceedingly in the wilderness
and tested God in the desert.
15He gave them their request,
but He sent a wasting disease on them.
16They envied in the camp Moses
and Aaron, the holy priest of the Lord.
17The earth opened and swallowed up Dathan
and engulfed those led by Abiram.
18A fire broke out among their company;
the flame burned up the wicked.
19They made a calf at Horeb,
and worshipped the molded image.
20Thus they changed the glory of God
for the image of an ox that eats grass.
21They forgot God, their Deliverer,
who had done great things in Egypt,
22wondrous works in the land of Ham,
and marvelous deeds by the Red Sea.
23Therefore He said that He would destroy them,
had not Moses, His chosen one,
stood before Him to intercede,
to turn away His wrath from destroying them.
24Then they despised the pleasant land;
they did not believe His promise,
25but they grumbled in their tents,
and did not listen to the voice of the Lord.
26Therefore He lifted up His hand against them
and swore to overthrow them in the wilderness,
27and to overthrow their offspring among the nations,
and to scatter them in the lands.
28They joined themselves to Baal of Peor
and ate the sacrifices given for the dead.
29Thus they provoked Him to anger with their acts,
and a plague broke out upon them.
30Then Phinehas stood up and interceded,
and so the plague ceased.
31That was counted unto him for righteousness
unto all generations forever.
32They angered Him also at the waters of Meribah,
so that Moses suffered because of them,
33because they provoked his temper,
so that he spoke impulsively with his lips.
34They did not destroy the nations
as the Lord commanded them,
35but they mixed among the nations
and learned their deeds;
36they served their idols,
which were a snare to them.
37Yes, they sacrificed their sons
and their daughters to demons,
38and poured out innocent blood,
even the blood of their sons and of their daughters,
whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan,
and the land was polluted with blood.
39Thus were they defiled by their acts
and acted like whores with these actions.
40Therefore the wrath of the Lord was kindled against His people,
and He abhorred His own inheritance.
41He gave them into the hand of the nations,
and those who hated them ruled over them.
42Their enemies also oppressed them,
and Israel was brought into subjection under their powerful hand.
43Many times He delivered them,
but they were rebellious against Him with their counsel,
and were afflicted for their iniquity.
44Nevertheless, He regarded their affliction,
when He heard their cry:
45and He remembered on their behalf His covenant
and relented according to the greatness of His mercies.
46He made them pitied
among all those who held them captive.
47Save us, O Lord our God,
and gather us from among the nations,
to give thanks unto Your holy name
and to boast in Your praise.
48Blessed be the Lord God of Israel,
from everlasting to everlasting,
and let all the people say, “Amen!”
Praise the Lord!