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The Lord Can Be Trusted

105 Praise the Lord
    and pray in his name!
    Tell everyone
    what he has done.
Sing praises to the Lord!
    Tell about his miracles.
Celebrate and worship
his holy name
    with all your heart.

Trust the Lord
    and his mighty power.
Remember his miracles
and all his wonders
    and his fair decisions.
You belong to the family
    of Abraham, his servant;
    you are his chosen ones,
    the descendants of Jacob.

The Lord is our God,
    bringing justice
    everywhere on earth.
He will never forget
his agreement or his promises,
    not in thousands of years.
God made an eternal promise
10     to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob,
11     when he said, “I’ll give you
    the land of Canaan.”

12 At the time there were
only a few of us,
    and we were homeless.
13 We wandered from nation
to nation,
    from one country
    to another.
14 God did not let anyone
    mistreat our people.
Instead he protected us
    by punishing rulers
15     and telling them,
“Don’t touch my chosen leaders
    or harm my prophets!”

16 God kept crops from growing
    until food was scarce
    everywhere in the land.
17 But he had already sent Joseph,
    sold as a slave into Egypt,
18     with chains of iron
    around his legs and neck.

19 Joseph remained a slave
until his own words
    had come true,
    and the Lord had finished
    testing him.
20 Then the king of Egypt
    set Joseph free
21     and put him in charge
    of everything he owned.
22 Joseph was in command
    of the officials,
    and he taught the leaders
    how to use wisdom.

23 Jacob and his family
    and settled in Egypt
    as foreigners.
24 They were the Lord’s people,
    so he let them grow stronger
    than their enemies.
25 They served the Lord,
and he made the Egyptians plan
    hateful things against them.
26 God sent his servant Moses.
He also chose and sent Aaron
27     to his people in Egypt,
    and they worked miracles
    and wonders there.
28 Moses and Aaron obeyed God,
    and he sent darkness
    to cover Egypt.
29 God turned their rivers
into streams of blood,
    and the fish all died.
30 Frogs were everywhere,
    even in the royal palace.
31 When God gave the command,
    flies and gnats
    swarmed all around.

32 In place of rain,
God sent hailstones
    and flashes of lightning.
33 He destroyed their grapevines
    and their fig trees,
    and he made splinters
    of all the other trees.
34 God gave the command,
and more grasshoppers came
    than could be counted.
35 They ate every green plant
    and all the crops that grew
    in the land of Egypt.
36 Then God took the life
    of every first-born son.

37 When God led Israel from Egypt,
    they took silver and gold,
    and no one was left behind.
38 The Egyptians were afraid
    and gladly let them go.
39 God hid them under a cloud
    and guided them by fire
    during the night.

40 When they asked for food,
    he sent more birds
    than they could eat.
41 God even split open a rock,
    and streams of water
    gushed into the desert.
42 God never forgot
his sacred promise
    to his servant Abraham.

43 When the Lord rescued
his chosen people from Egypt,
    they celebrated with songs.
44 The Lord gave them the land
    and everything else
    the nations had worked for.
45 He did this so that his people
    would obey all of his laws.
    Shout praises to the Lord!

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