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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.
1Hallelujah! Give ye thanks unto Jehovah; for he is good; for his loving-kindness endureth for ever. 2Who can utter the mighty acts of Jehovah? who can shew forth all his praise? 3Blessed are they that keep justice, and he that doeth righteousness at all times. 4Remember me, O Jehovah, with thy favour toward thy people; visit me with thy salvation: 5That I may see the prosperity of thy chosen ones, that I may rejoice in the joy 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 in Egypt considered not thy wondrous works; they remembered not the multitude of thy loving-kindnesses; but they rebelled at the sea, at the Red Sea. 8Yet he saved them for his name's sake, that he might make known his might. 9And he rebuked the Red Sea, and it dried up; and he led them through the deeps 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 oppressors: there was not one of them left. 12Then believed they his words; they sang his praise.
13They soon forgot his works; they waited not for his counsel: 14And they lusted exceedingly in the wilderness, and tempted ·God#GodHebrew: El in the desert. 15Then he gave them their request, but sent leanness into their soul. 16And they envied Moses in the camp, and Aaron, the saint of Jehovah. 17The earth opened and swallowed up Dathan, and covered the company of Abiram; 18And fire was kindled in their company; a flame burned up the wicked. 19They made a calf in Horeb, and did homage to a molten image; 20And they changed their glory into the similitude of an ox that eateth grass. 21They forgot ·God#GodHebrew: El their Saviour, who had done great things in Egypt, 22Wondrous works in the land of Ham, terrible things by the Red Sea. 23And he said that he would destroy them, had not Moses, his chosen, stood before him in the breach, to turn away his fury, lest he should destroy them. 24And they despised the pleasant land; they believed not his word, 25But murmured in their tents: they hearkened not unto the voice of Jehovah. 26And he lifted up his hand to them, that he would make them fall in the wilderness; 27And that he would make their seed fall among the nations, and disperse them through the countries. 28And they joined themselves unto Baal-Peor, and ate the sacrifices of the dead; 29And they provoked him to anger with their doings; and a plague broke out among them. 30Then stood up Phinehas and executed judgment, and the plague was stayed; 31And that was reckoned unto him for righteousness, from generation to generation, for evermore. 32And they moved him to wrath at the waters of Meribah, and it went ill with Moses on their account; 33For they provoked his spirit, so that he spoke unadvisedly with his lips.
34They did not destroy the peoples, as Jehovah commanded them; 35But they mingled with the nations, and learned their works; 36And they served their idols; and they were a snare unto them: 37And they sacrificed their sons and their daughters unto demons, 38And shed innocent blood, the blood of their sons and of their daughters, whom they sacrificed unto the idols of Canaan; and the land was polluted with blood. 39And they were defiled with their works, and went a-whoring in their doings. 40Then was the anger 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: 42And their enemies oppressed them, and they were brought into subjection under their hand. 43Often did he deliver them; but as for them they provoked him by their counsel, and they were brought low by their iniquity. 44But he regarded their distress, when he heard their cry; 45And he remembered for them his covenant, and repented according to the multitude of his loving-kindnesses; 46And he caused them to find compassion of all those that had carried them captives. 47Save us, Jehovah our God#GodHebrew: Elohim 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#GodHebrew: Elohim of Israel, from eternity and to eternity! And let all the people say, Amen! Hallelujah!