God's Faithfulness to Israel
1O give thanks to the Lord, call on his name,
make known his deeds among the peoples.
2Sing to him, sing praises to him;
tell of all his wonderful works.
3Glory in his holy name;
let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.
4Seek the Lord and his strength;
seek his presence continually.
5Remember the wonderful works he has done,
his miracles, and the judgments he uttered,
6O offspring of his servant Abraham,#105.6 Another reading is Israel (compare 1 Chr 16.13)
children of Jacob, his chosen ones.
7He is the Lord our God;
his judgments are in all the earth.
8He is mindful of his covenant forever,
of the word that he commanded, for a thousand generations,
9the covenant that he made with Abraham,
his sworn promise to Isaac,
10which he confirmed to Jacob as a statute,
to Israel as an everlasting covenant,
11saying, “To you I will give the land of Canaan
as your portion for an inheritance.”
12When they were few in number,
of little account, and strangers in it,
13wandering from nation to nation,
from one kingdom to another people,
14he allowed no one to oppress them;
he rebuked kings on their account,
15saying, “Do not touch my anointed ones;
do my prophets no harm.”
16When he summoned famine against the land,
and broke every staff of bread,
17he had sent a man ahead of them,
Joseph, who was sold as a slave.
18His feet were hurt with fetters,
his neck was put in a collar of iron;
19until what he had said came to pass,
the word of the Lord kept testing him.
20The king sent and released him;
the ruler of the peoples set him free.
21He made him lord of his house,
and ruler of all his possessions,
22to instruct#105.22 Gk Syr Jerome: Heb to bind his officials at his pleasure,
and to teach his elders wisdom.
23Then Israel came to Egypt;
Jacob lived as an alien in the land of Ham.
24And the Lord made his people very fruitful,
and made them stronger than their foes,
25whose hearts he then turned to hate his people,
to deal craftily with his servants.
26He sent his servant Moses,
and Aaron whom he had chosen.
27They performed his signs among them,
and miracles in the land of Ham.
28He sent darkness, and made the land dark;
they rebelled#105.28 Cn Compare Gk Syr: Heb they did not rebel against his words.
29He turned their waters into blood,
and caused their fish to die.
30Their land swarmed with frogs,
even in the chambers of their kings.
31He spoke, and there came swarms of flies,
and gnats throughout their country.
32He gave them hail for rain,
and lightning that flashed through their land.
33He struck their vines and fig trees,
and shattered the trees of their country.
34He spoke, and the locusts came,
and young locusts without number;
35they devoured all the vegetation in their land,
and ate up the fruit of their ground.
36He struck down all the firstborn in their land,
the first issue of all their strength.
37Then he brought Israel#105.37 Heb them out with silver and gold,
and there was no one among their tribes who stumbled.
38Egypt was glad when they departed,
for dread of them had fallen upon it.
39He spread a cloud for a covering,
and fire to give light by night.
40They asked, and he brought quails,
and gave them food from heaven in abundance.
41He opened the rock, and water gushed out;
it flowed through the desert like a river.
42For he remembered his holy promise,
and Abraham, his servant.
43So he brought his people out with joy,
his chosen ones with singing.
44He gave them the lands of the nations,
and they took possession of the wealth of the peoples,
45that they might keep his statutes
and observe his laws.
Praise the Lord!