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1Give thanks to the Lord. Worship him.
Tell the nations what he has done.
2Sing to him. Sing praise to him.
Tell about all of the wonderful things he has done.
3Praise him, because his name is holy.
Let the hearts of those who trust in the Lord be glad.
4Look to the Lord and to his strength.
Always look to him.
5Remember the wonderful things he has done.
Remember his miracles and how he judged our enemies.
6Remember what he has done, you children of his servant Abraham.
Remember it, you people of Jacob, God's chosen ones.
7He is the Lord our God.
He judges the whole earth.
8He will keep his covenant forever.
He will keep his promise for all time to come.
9He will keep the covenant he made with Abraham.
He will keep the oath he took when he made his promise to Isaac.
10He made it stand as a law for Jacob.
He made it stand as a covenant for Israel. It will last forever.
11He said, "I will give you the land of Canaan.
It will belong to you."
12At first there weren't very many of God's people.
There were only a few. And they were strangers in the land.
13They wandered from nation to nation.
They wandered from one kingdom to another.
14But God didn't allow anyone to beat them down.
To keep them safe, he gave a command to kings.
15He said to them, "Do not touch my anointed ones.
Do not harm my prophets."
16He made the people in the land go hungry.
He destroyed all their food supplies.
17He sent a man ahead of them into Egypt.
That man was Joseph. He had been sold as a slave.
18The Egyptians put his feet in chains.
They put an iron collar around his neck.
19He was in prison until what he said would happen came true.
The word of the Lord proved that he was right.
20The king of Egypt sent for Joseph and let him out of prison.
The ruler of many nations set him free.
21He put Joseph in charge of his palace.
He made him ruler over everything he owned.
22Joseph was in charge of teaching the princes.
He taught the elders how to think and live wisely.
23Then the rest of Jacob's family went to Egypt.
The people of Israel lived as outsiders in the land of Ham.
24The Lord gave his people so many children
that there were too many of them for their enemies.
25He made the Egyptians hate his people.
The Egyptians made evil plans against them.
26The Lord sent his servant Moses to the king of Egypt.
He sent Aaron, his chosen one, along with him.
27The Lord gave them the power to do miraculous signs among the Egyptians.
They did his wonders in the land of Ham.
28He sent darkness over the land.
He did it because the Egyptians had refused to obey his words.
29He turned their rivers and streams into blood.
He caused the fish in them to die.
30Their land was covered with frogs.
Frogs even went into the bedrooms of the rulers.
31The Lord spoke, and large numbers of flies came.
Gnats filled the whole country.
32He turned their rain into hail.
Lightning flashed all through their land.
33He destroyed their vines and fig trees.
He broke down the trees in Egypt.
34He spoke, and the locusts came.
There were so many of them they couldn't be counted.
35They ate up every green thing in the land.
They ate up what the land produced.
36Then he killed the oldest son of every family in Egypt.
He struck down the oldest of all of their sons.
37He brought the people of Israel out of Egypt.
The Egyptians loaded them down with silver and gold.
From among the tribes of Israel no one got tired or fell down.
38The Egyptians were glad when the people of Israel left.
They were terrified because of Israel.
39The Lord spread out a cloud to cover his people.
He gave them a fire to light up the night.
40They asked for meat, and he brought them quail.
He satisfied them with manna, the bread of heaven.
41He broke open a rock, and streams of water poured out.
They flowed like a river in the desert.
42He remembered the holy promise
he had made to his servant Abraham.
43His chosen people shouted for joy
as he brought them out of Egypt.
44He gave them the lands of other nations.
He let them take over what others had worked for.
45He did it so they might obey his rules
and follow his laws. Praise the Lord.
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