Adonai Still Faithful to Israel
1Halleluyah! Praise Adonai, for He is good, for His lovingkindness endures forever.
2Who can speak of Adonai’s mighty acts or declare His praise?
3Blessed are those who maintain justice, who do what is right at all times.
4Remember me, Adonai, when You show favor to Your people. Visit me with Your salvation,
5so I may behold the prosperity of Your chosen ones, exult in the joy of Your nation, and give praise with Your inheritance.
6We have sinned with our fathers, we have committed iniquity, we have acted wickedly.
7Our fathers in Egypt did not ponder Your wonders. Nor did they remember Your abundant lovingkindness, but rebelled by the sea— at the Sea of Reeds.
8Yet He saved them for His Name’s sake, to make His mighty power known.
9He rebuked the Sea of Reeds and it dried up, and He led them through the depths as through a wilderness.
10So He saved them from the hand of those who hated them, redeemed them from the enemy’s hand.
11The waters covered their adversaries— not one of them was left.
12Then they believed His words. They were singing His praise.
13How quickly they forgot His works, and would not wait for His counsel!
14In the wilderness they craved ravenously, in the desert they tested God.
15So He gave them what they asked for, but sent a wasting disease among them.
16Then they envied Moses in the camp, and also Aaron, the holy one of Adonai.
17The earth opened up, swallowed Dathan, and covered the company of Abiram.
18Also a fire blazed in their company, a flame consumed the wicked.
19They made a calf in Horeb and worshipped a molten image.
20Thus they exchanged their glory for an image of a grass-eating ox.
21They forgot God their Savior, who had done great things in Egypt—
22miracles in the land of Ham, awesome things by the Sea of Reeds.
23So He commanded their extermination, had not Moses, His chosen one, stood in the breach before Him, to turn His wrath from destroying them.
24Then they scorned the pleasing land— they did not trust in His word.
25Instead, they grumbled in their tents. They would not listen to Adonai’s voice.
26Therefore He swore to them that He would make them fall in the desert,
27and disperse their offspring among the nations, and scatter them through the lands.
28Then they yoked themselves to Baal of Peor, and ate the sacrifices of dead things.
29So they provoked Him with their deeds, and a plague broke out among them.
30But Phinehas stood up and intervened, so the plague was stopped.
31It was credited to him as righteousness, from generation to generation forever.
32By the waters of Meribah they angered Him, and trouble came on Moses because of them.
33For they embittered his spirit and he spoke rashly with his lips.
34They did not destroy the peoples, as Adonai had commanded them.
35Instead they mingled with the nations and learned their practices.
36They worshipped their idols, which became a snare to them.
37They even sacrificed their sons and their daughters to demons.
38They shed innocent blood—the blood of their sons and their daughters, sacrificed to the idols of Canaan. So the land was desecrated with blood.
39So they defiled themselves by their deeds, and prostituted themselves by their practices.
40Therefore the anger of Adonai was kindled against His people, and He abhorred His inheritance.
41He handed them to the nations— those who hated them ruled over them.
42Their enemies oppressed them, so they were subdued under their hand.
43Many times He delivered them, but they kept rebelling deliberately, and so sank low into their iniquity.
44Yet He saw their distress, when He heard their cry,
45remembered His covenant to them, and relented in the greatness of His mercy.
46He caused them to be pitied in the presence of all their captors.
47Save us, Adonai our God, and gather us from the nations, so we may praise Your holy Name and triumph in Your praise.
48Blessed be Adonai, the God of Israel, from everlasting even to everlasting! Let all the people say, “Amen!” Halleluyah!