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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.
Hallelujah!
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1Praise ye Jah, give thanks to Jehovah, For good, for to the age, [is] His kindness.
2Who doth utter the mighty acts of Jehovah? Soundeth all His praise?
3O the happiness of those keeping judgment, Doing righteousness at all times.
4Remember me, O Jehovah, With the favour of Thy people, Look after me in Thy salvation.
5To look on the good of Thy chosen ones, To rejoice in the joy of Thy nation, To boast myself with Thine inheritance.
6We have sinned with our fathers, We have done perversely, we have done wickedly.
7Our fathers in Egypt, Have not considered wisely Thy wonders, They have not remembered The abundance of Thy kind acts, And provoke by the sea, at the sea of Suph.
8And He saveth them for His name's sake, To make known His might,
9And rebuketh the sea of Suph, and it is dried up, And causeth them to go Through depths as a wilderness.
10And He saveth them from the hand Of him who is hating, And redeemeth them from the hand of the enemy.
11And waters cover their adversaries, One of them hath not been left.
12And they believe in His words, they sing His praise,
13They have hasted--forgotten His works, They have not waited for His counsel.
14And they lust greatly in a wilderness, And try God in a desert.
15And He giveth to them their request, And sendeth leanness into their soul.
16And they are envious of Moses in the camp, Of Aaron, Jehovah's holy one.
17Earth openeth, and swalloweth up Dathan, And covereth over the company of Abiram.
18And fire burneth among their company, A flame setteth on fire the wicked.
19They make a calf in Horeb, And bow themselves to a molten image,
20And change their Honour Into the form of an ox eating herbs.
21They have forgotten God their saviour, The doer of great things in Egypt,
22Of wonderful things in the land of Ham, Of fearful things by the sea of Suph.
23And He saith to destroy them, Unless Moses, His chosen one, Had stood in the breach before Him, To turn back His wrath from destroying.
24And they kick against the desirable land, They have not given credence to His word.
25And they murmur in their tents, They have not hearkened to the voice of Jehovah.
26And He lifteth up His hand to them, To cause them to fall in a wilderness,
27And to cause their seed to fall among nations, And to scatter them through lands.
28And they are coupled to Baal-Peor, And eat the sacrifices of the dead,
29And they provoke to anger by their actions, And a plague breaketh forth upon them,
30And Phinehas standeth, and executeth judgment, And the plague is restrained,
31And it is reckoned to him to righteousness, To all generations--unto the age.
32And they cause wrath by the waters of Meribah, And it is evil to Moses for their sakes,
33For they have provoked his spirit, And he speaketh wrongfully with his lips.
34They have not destroyed the peoples, As Jehovah had said to them,
35And mix themselves among nations, and learn their works,
36And serve their idols, And they are to them for a snare.
37And they sacrifice their sons And their daughters to destroyers,
38And they shed innocent blood--Blood of their sons and of their daughters, Whom they have sacrificed to idols of Canaan, And the land is profaned with blood.
39And they are defiled with their works, And commit whoredom in their habitual doings.
40And the anger of Jehovah Is kindled against His people, And He doth abominate His inheritance.
41And giveth them into the hand of nations, And those hating them rule over them,
42And their enemies oppress them, And they are humbled under their hand.
43Many times He doth deliver them, And they rebel in their counsel, And they are brought low in their iniquity.
44And He looketh on their distress When He heareth their cry,
45And remembereth for them His covenant, And is comforted, According to the abundance of His kindness.
46And He appointeth them for mercies Before all their captors.
47Save us, O Jehovah our God, and gather us from the nations, To give thanks to Thy holy name, To glory in Thy praise.
48Blessed [is] Jehovah, God of Israel, From the age even unto the age. And all the people said, `Amen, praise Jah!'