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1Praise ye Jehovah.
Oh give thanks unto Jehovah; for he is good;
For his lovingkindness endureth forever.
2Who can utter the mighty acts of Jehovah,
Or show forth all his praise?
3Blessed are they that keep justice,
And he that doeth righteousness at all times.
4Remember me, O Jehovah, with the favor that thou bearest unto thy people;
Oh visit me with thy salvation,
5That I may see the prosperity 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 understood not thy wonders in Egypt;
They remembered not the multitude of thy lovingkindnesses,
But were rebellious at 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 rebuked the Red Sea also, and it was dried up:
So he led them through the depths, as through a 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 adversaries;
There was not one of them left.
12Then believed they his words;
They sang his praise.
13They soon forgat his works;
They waited not for his counsel,
14But lusted exceedingly in the wilderness,
And tempted God in the desert.
15And he gave them their request,
But sent leanness into their soul.
16They envied Moses also in the camp,
And Aaron the saint of Jehovah.
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 a molten image.
20Thus they changed their glory
For the likeness of an ox that eateth grass.
21They forgat God their Saviour,
Who had done great things in Egypt,
22Wondrous works in the land of Ham,
And terrible things by 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.
24Yea, they despised the pleasant land,
They believed not his word,
25But murmured in their tents,
And hearkened not unto the voice of Jehovah.
26Therefore he sware unto them,
That he would overthrow them in the wilderness,
27And that he would overthrow their seed among the nations,
And scatter them in the lands.
28They joined themselves also unto Baal-peor,
And ate the sacrifices of the dead.
29Thus they provoked him to anger with their doings;
And the plague brake in upon them.
30Then stood up Phinehas, and executed judgment;
And so the plague was stayed.
31And that was reckoned unto him for righteousness,
Unto all generations for evermore.
32They angered him also at the waters of Meribah,
So that it went ill with Moses for their sakes;
33Because they were rebellious against his spirit,
And he spake unadvisedly with his lips.
34They did not destroy the peoples,
As Jehovah commanded them,
35But mingled themselves with the nations,
And learned their works,
36And served their idols,
Which became a snare unto them.
37Yea, they sacrificed their sons and their daughters unto demons,
38And 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 were they defiled with their works,
And played the harlot in their doings.
40Therefore was the wrath of Jehovah kindled against his people,
And he abhorred his inheritance.
41And he gave them into the hand of the nations;
And they that hated them ruled over them.
42Their enemies also oppressed them,
And they were brought into subjection under their hand.
43Many times did he deliver them;
But they were rebellious in their counsel,
And were brought low in their iniquity.
44Nevertheless he regarded their distress,
When he heard their cry:
45And he remembered for them his covenant,
And repented according to the multitude of his lovingkindnesses.
46He made them also to be pitied
Of all those that carried them captive.
47Save us, O Jehovah our God,
And gather us from among the nations,
To give thanks unto thy holy name,
And to triumph in thy praise.
48Blessed be Jehovah, the God of Israel,
From everlasting even to everlasting.
And let all the people say, Amen.
Praise ye Jehovah.
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.