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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.
Israel’s Unfaithfulness to God
Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good;
His faithful love endures forever. # 1Ch 16:34,41; Ps 100:5
2Who can declare the Lord’s mighty acts
or proclaim all the praise due Him? # Ps 145:4,12; 150:2
3How happy are those who uphold justice,
who practice righteousness at all times. # Ps 15:2
4Remember me, Lord,
when You show favor to Your people. # Ps 119:132
Come to me with Your salvation
5so that I may enjoy the prosperity
of Your chosen ones,
rejoice in the joy of Your nation,
and boast about Your heritage. # Dt 32:9; Ps 105:6,43
6Both we and our fathers have sinned;
we have done wrong and have acted wickedly. # Lv 26:40; Jr 3:25; 14:20
7Our fathers in Egypt did not grasp
the significance of Your wonderful works
or remember Your many acts of faithful love;
instead, they rebelled by the sea — the Red Sea. # Ex 14:10-12; Ps 78:17
8Yet He saved them because of His name,
to make His power known. # Ex 9:16; Ezk 20:9
9He rebuked the Red Sea, and it dried up;
He led them through the depths as through a desert. # Ps 18:15; 104:7; Is 63:11-13
10He saved them from the hand of the adversary;
He redeemed them from the hand of the enemy. # Ex 14:30; Ps 107:2
11Water covered their foes;
not one of them remained. # Ex 14:27-28; 15:5; Ps 78:53
12Then they believed His promises
and sang His praise. # Ex 14:31; 15:1-21; Ps 105:43
13They soon forgot His works
and would not wait for His counsel. # Ex 15:24; Ps 78:11; 107:11
14They were seized with craving in the wilderness
and tested God in the desert. # Nm 11:4; Ps 78:18
15He gave them what they asked for,
but sent a wasting disease among them. # Nm 11:31; Ps 78:29
16In the camp they were envious of Moses
and of Aaron, the Lord’s holy one. # Nm 16:1-3
17The earth opened up and swallowed Dathan;
it covered the assembly of Abiram. # Nm 16:31-32; Dt 11:6
18Fire blazed throughout their assembly;
flames consumed the wicked. # Nm 16:35
19At Horeb they made a calf
and worshiped the cast metal image. # Ex 32:4; Dt 9:8; Ac 7:41
20They exchanged their glory # Alt Jewish tradition reads His or My glory # = God
for the image of a grass-eating ox. # Jr 2:11; Rm 1:23
21They forgot God their Savior,
who did great things in Egypt, # Dt 10:21; Ps 78:11
22wonderful works in the land of Ham, # = Egypt
awe-inspiring acts at the Red Sea. # Ps 105:27
23So He said He would have destroyed them —
if Moses His chosen one
had not stood before Him in the breach
to turn His wrath away from destroying them. # Ex 32:10; Dt 9:14; Ezk 20:8
24They despised the pleasant land
and did not believe His promise. # Nm 14:31; Dt 9:23; Heb 3:19
25They grumbled in their tents
and did not listen to the Lord’s voice. # Nm 14:2; Dt 1:27
26So He raised His hand against them with an oath
that He would make them fall in the desert # Nm 14:28-35; Ezk 20:15; Heb 3:11
27and would disperse their descendants # Syr; MT reads would make their descendants fall
among the nations,
scattering them throughout the lands. # Lv 26:33; Dt 4:27; Ps 44:11
28They aligned themselves with Baal of Peor
and ate sacrifices offered to lifeless gods. # Lit sacrifices for dead ones # Nm 25:3; Dt 4:3; Hs 9:10
29They provoked the Lord with their deeds,
and a plague broke out against them. # Nm 25:4
30But Phinehas stood up and intervened,
and the plague was stopped. # Nm 25:7-8
31It was credited to him as righteousness
throughout all generations to come. # Gn 15:6; Nm 25:10-13
32They angered the Lord at the waters of Meribah,
and Moses suffered # Lit and it was evil for Moses because of them; # Nm 20:2-13; Ps 81:7
33for they embittered his spirit, # Some Hb mss, LXX, Syr, Jer; other Hb mss read they rebelled against His Spirit
and he spoke rashly with his lips. # Ps 78:40; Is 63:10
34They did not destroy the peoples
as the Lord had commanded them # Dt 7:2,16; Jdg 1:21,27-36
35but mingled with the nations
and adopted their ways. # Jdg 3:5-6
36They served their idols,
which became a snare to them. # Dt 7:16; Jdg 2:12
37They sacrificed their sons and daughters to demons. # Lv 17:7; Dt 32:17
38They shed innocent blood —
the blood of their sons and daughters
whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan;
so the land became polluted with blood. # Nm 35:33; Is 24:5
39They defiled themselves by their actions
and prostituted themselves by their deeds. # Lv 18:24; Ezk 20:18,30-31
40Therefore the Lord’s anger burned against His people,
and He abhorred His own inheritance. # Dt 32:19; Ps 78:59
41He handed them over to the nations;
those who hated them ruled them. # Jdg 2:14; Neh 9:27
42Their enemies oppressed them,
and they were subdued under their power. # Jdg 4:3; 10:12
43He rescued them many times,
but they continued to rebel deliberately
and were beaten down by their sin. # Jdg 2:16-18; Ps 81:12
44When He heard their cry,
He took note of their distress, # Jdg 3:3; 6:7; 10:10
45remembered His covenant with them,
and relented according to the riches
of His faithful love. # Lv 26:42; Ps 105:8
46He caused them to be pitied
before all their captors. # 1Kg 8:50; 2Ch 30:9; Ezr 9:9
47Save us, Yahweh our God,
and gather us from the nations,
so that we may give thanks to Your holy name
and rejoice in Your praise. # Ps 107:3; 147:2
48May Yahweh, the God of Israel, be praised
from everlasting to everlasting. # Ps 41:13; 72:18; 89:52
Let all the people say, “Amen! ”
Hallelujah! # 1Ch 16:35-36