Praise to Yahweh for His Faithfulness in Israel’s History
1Praise Yah.#Hebrew hallelujah Give thanks to Yahweh, for he is good,
for his loyal love is forever.
2Who can utter the mighty deeds of Yahweh,
or proclaim all his praise?
3Blessed are those who observe justice,
he who does righteousness at all times.
4Remember me, O Yahweh, when you show favor to your people.
Look after me when you deliver,
5that I may see the good done your chosen ones,
to be glad in the joy of your nation,
to glory together with your inheritance.
6We have sinned along with our ancestors.#Or “fathers”
We have committed iniquity; we have incurred guilt.
7Our ancestors#Or “fathers” in Egypt did not understand your wonderful works.
They did not remember your many acts of loyal love,
and so they rebelled by the sea at the Red Sea.#Literally “sea of reed”
8Yet he saved them for the sake of his name,
to make known his might.
9So he rebuked the Red Sea,#Literally “sea of reed” and it dried up,
and he led them through the deep as through a desert.
10Thus he saved them from the hand of the hater
and redeemed them from the hand of the enemy.
11But waters covered their adversaries;
not one of them survived.
12Then they believed his words;
they sang his praise.
13They quickly forgot his works;
they did not wait for his counsel.
14And they craved intensely#Literally “craved a craving” in the wilderness,
and tested God in the desert.
15So he gave to them their request,
but he sent leanness into their souls.#Hebrew “soul” or “inner self”
16And they were jealous of Moses in the camp,
and of Aaron, the holy one of Yahweh.
17The earth opened and swallowed up Dathan,
and it covered over the gang of Abiram.
18Also fire burned in their assembly;
the flame devoured the wicked.
19They made a calf at Horeb
and bowed down to a cast image.
20And so they exchanged their glory
for an image of an ox that eats grass.
21They forgot God their Savior,
who had done great things in Egypt,
22wonders in the land of Ham,
awesome deeds by the Red Sea.#Literally “sea of reed”
23So he said he would exterminate them,
had not Moses, his chosen one,
stood in the breach before him,
to reverse his wrath from destroying them.
24Then they refused the desirable land;
they did not believe his word,
25but grumbled in their tents.
They did not obey the voice of Yahweh.
26So he made an oath#Literally “he lifted his hand,” an act accompanying an oath against them,
to make them drop in the wilderness,
27and to disperse#Or “let drop” their descendants#Literally “seed” among the nations
and to scatter them among the lands.
28They also attached themselves to Baal of Peor,
and they ate sacrifices offered to the dead.#Hebrew “sacrifices of dead”
29Thus they provoked to anger by their deeds,
and a plague broke out among them.
30Then Phinehas stood up and intervened,
and so the plague was stopped,
31and it was reckoned to him as righteousness
throughout all generations.#Literally “for a generation and a generation”
32They also angered God at the waters of Meribah,
and it went badly for Moses on account of them,
33because they rebelled against his Spirit,#A slightly different verbal form yields “they embittered his spirit”
and he spoke thoughtlessly with his lips.
34They did not exterminate the peoples,
as Yahweh had commanded them, #Hebrew “said to them”
35but they mingled with the nations
and learned their works,
36and served their idols,
which became#Hebrew “and they became” a snare to them.
37They even sacrificed their sons and daughters
to the demons,
38and they poured out innocent blood,
the blood of their sons and daughters,
whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan,
and so the land was defiled with the blood.#Hebrew “bloods,” that is, bloodshed
39And they became unclean by their works,
and were unfaithful in their deeds.
40So Yahweh’s anger burned against his people,
and he abhorred his inheritance.
41Then he gave them into the hand of the nations,
and those who hated them ruled over them.
42And their enemies oppressed them,
and they were subdued under their hand.
43Many times he delivered them,
but they rebelled in their counsel,
and were brought low by their iniquity.
44Yet he looked upon their distress
when he heard their cry.
45And he remembered his covenant with them,
and relented based on the abundance of his loyal love.
46And he let them find compassion#Literally “gave them to have mercies”
before all their captors.
47Save us, O Yahweh our God,
and gather us from the nations,
so that we may give thanks to your holy name
and boast in your praise.
48Blessed is Yahweh, the God of Israel,
from everlasting and to everlasting.
And let all the people say, “Amen!”
Praise Yah.#Hebrew hallelujah