1Give thanks to the Lord;
call upon his name;
make his deeds known to all people!
2Sing to God;
sing praises to the Lord;
dwell on all his wondrous works!
3Give praise to God’s holy name!
Let the hearts rejoice of all those seeking the Lord!
4Pursue the Lord and his strength;
seek his face always!
5Remember the wondrous works he has done,
all his marvelous works, and the justice he declared—
6you who are the offspring of Abraham, his servant,
and the children of Jacob, his chosen ones.
7The Lord—he is our God.
His justice is everywhere throughout the whole world.
8God remembers his covenant forever,
the word he commanded to a thousand generations,
9which he made with Abraham,
the solemn pledge he swore to Isaac.
10God set it up as binding law for Jacob,
as an eternal covenant for Israel,
11promising, "I hereby give you the land of Canaan
as your allotted inheritance."
12When they were few in number—
insignificant, just immigrants—
13wandering from nation to nation,
from one kingdom to the next,
14God didn’t let anyone oppress them.
God punished kings for their sake:
15"Don’t touch my anointed ones;
don’t harm my prophets!"
16When God called for a famine in the land,
destroying every source of food,
17he sent a man ahead of them,
who was sold as a slave: it was Joseph.
18Joseph’s feet hurt in his shackles;
his neck was in an iron collar,
19until what he predicted actually happened,
until what the Lord had said proved him true.#Heb uncertain
20The king sent for Joseph and set him free;
the ruler of many people released him.
21The king made Joseph master of his house and ruler over everything he owned,
22to make sure his princes acted according to his will,
and to teach wisdom to his advisors.
23That’s how Israel came to Egypt,
how Jacob became an immigrant in the land of Ham.
24God made his people very fruitful,
more powerful than their enemies,
25whose hearts God changed so they hated his people
and dealt shrewdly with his servants.
26God sent Moses his servant
and the one he chose, Aaron.
27They put God’s signs on Egypt,#Correction; MT they put on them the words of God’s signs
his marvelous works on the land of Ham.
28God sent darkness, and it became dark,
but the Egyptians rejected his word.
29God turned their waters into blood
and killed their fish.
30God made their land swarm with frogs#Correction; DSS (11QPs a) their land swarmed with frogs—
even in the bedrooms of their king!
31God spoke, and the insects came—
gnats throughout their whole country!
32God turned their rain into hail
along with lightning flashes throughout their land.
33God destroyed their vines and their fig trees;
shattered the trees of their countryside.
34God spoke, and the locusts came—
countless grasshoppers came!
35They devoured all the plants in their land;
they devoured the fruit of their soil.
36God struck down all the oldest sons throughout their land;
struck down their very pride and joy.
37Then God brought Israel out, filled with silver and gold;
not one of its tribes stumbled.
38Egypt celebrated when they left,
because the dread of Israel had come upon them.
39God spread out clouds as a covering;
gave lightning to provide light at night.
40The people asked, and God brought quail;
God filled them full with food from heaven.
41God opened the rock and out gushed water—
flowing like a river through the desert!
42Because God remembered his holy promise
to Abraham his servant,
43God brought his people out with rejoicing,
his chosen ones with songs of joy.
44God gave them the lands of other nations;
they inherited the wealth of many peoples—
45all so that they would keep his laws
and observe his instructions.
Praise the Lord!
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