Thank the Lord because he is good. His ·love [loyalty] continues forever. 2 ·No one [L Who…?] can tell all the mighty things the Lord has done; ·no one [L who…?] can ·speak [declare] all his praise. 3 ·Happy [Blessed] are those who ·do [keep; observe; guard] ·right [justice], who do what is ·fair [righteous] at all times.
4 Lord, remember me when you ·are kind [show favor] to your people; ·help [come to] me when you ·save them [give them victory]. 5 Let me see the ·good things you do for [prosperity of] your chosen people. Let me ·be happy [rejoice] along with your ·happy [rejoicing] nation; let me join your ·own people [inheritance] in praising you.
6 We have sinned just as our ·ancestors [fathers] did. We have done wrong; we have done evil. 7 Our ·ancestors [fathers] in Egypt did not ·learn [grow in wisdom] from your ·miracles [wonderful acts]. They did not remember all your ·kindnesses [loyalty], so they ·turned [rebelled] against you at the ·Red [or Reed] Sea [78:13; Ex. 14–15]. 8 But the Lord ·saved them [gave them victory] ·for his own sake [L because of his name], to ·show [reveal] his great power. 9 He ·commanded [reprimanded; rebuked] the ·Red [or Reed] Sea [v. 7], and it dried up. He led them through the deep sea as if it were a ·desert [wilderness]. 10 He ·saved them [gave them victory over] from those who hated them. He ·saved [redeemed] them from the ·power [hand] of their enemies, 11 and the water covered their foes. Not one of them ·escaped [L was left]. 12 Then the people ·believed what the Lord said [L had faith in his word], and they sang praises to him.
13 But they quickly forgot what he had done; they did not wait for his ·advice [counsel]. 14 They ·became greedy for food [developed deep cravings] in the ·desert [wilderness; Num. 11], and they tested God ·there [L in desolate places; Ex. 17:7]. 15 So he gave them what they ·wanted [asked for], but he also sent ·a terrible disease [a wasting sickness; emaciation] among them [Num. 11:33–35].
16 The people in the camp were jealous of Moses and of Aaron, the holy ·priest [one] of the Lord. 17 Then the ground opened up and swallowed Dathan and closed over Abiram’s ·group [assembly]. 18 A fire burned among their ·followers [congregation], and flames burned up the wicked [Num. 16].
19 The people made a gold calf at ·Mount Sinai [L Horeb; C another name for Sinai] and ·worshiped [bowed down to] a metal statue [Ex. 32; Deut. 9:7–17]. 20 They exchanged their ·glorious God [L glory; C God’s manifest presence] for ·a statue [the image] of a bull that eats grass. 21 They forgot the God who ·saved them [had given them victory], who had done great things in Egypt, 22 who had done miracles in the land of Ham [C Egypt] and amazing things by the ·Red [or Reed] Sea [v. 7]. 23 So God said he would destroy them. But Moses, his chosen one, stood ·before him [L in the breech before him] and ·stopped God’s anger from destroying them [calmed his destructive wrath; Ex. 32:30—33:23; Deut. 9:18–21].
24 Then they refused to go into the ·beautiful land of Canaan [desired/coveted land]; they did not ·believe what God promised [L trust his word; Num. 14:1–12]. 25 They ·grumbled [complained] in their tents [Deut. 1:27; 1 Cor. 10:10] and did not ·obey [L listen to] the Lord. 26 So he ·swore [L lifted his hand; C an oath-taking gesture] to them that ·they would die [L he would make them fall] in the ·desert [wilderness]. 27 He ·said their children would be killed by [L would make their seed fall to] other nations and that they would be scattered among other countries [C as happened in the exile; Num. 14:27–35].
28 They ·joined in worshiping [L yoked themselves to] Baal at Peor and ate ·meat that had been sacrificed to lifeless statues [L sacrifices to the dead; Num. 25]. 29 They ·made the Lord angry [L provoked him] by what they did, so ·many people became sick with a terrible disease [plague broke out among them]. 30 But Phinehas ·prayed to the Lord[L stood and prayed], and the ·disease [plague] ·stopped [was restrained; Num. 25:6–9]. 31 ·Phinehas did what was right [L It was counted/credited to him as righteousness], ·and it will be remembered from now on [L throughout the generations, forever; Num. 25:10–13; Mal. 2:4–6].
32 The people also made the Lord angry at Meribah [81:7; 95:8], and Moses was in trouble because of them. 33 The people ·turned [rebelled] against ·the Spirit of God [L his Spirit/spirit], so Moses ·spoke without stopping to think [L chattered with his lips; Num. 20:10–11].
34 The people did not destroy the other nations as the Lord had told them to do [Deut. 7:16; 20:17–18]. 35 Instead, they mixed with the other nations and learned their ·customs [deeds; Judg. 3:5–6]. 36 They ·worshiped [L served] other nations’ idols [Judg. 2:19] and were ·trapped by them [L a snare to them]. 37 They even killed their sons and daughters as sacrifices to demons [Lev. 18:21; Deut. 12:31; 2 Kin. 16:1; 21:6; 23:10; Jer. 7:31; Ezek. 16:20–21; 20:31; 1 Cor. 10:20]. 38 They ·killed [L spilled the blood of] innocent people, their own sons and daughters, as sacrifices to the idols of Canaan [Jer. 19:4]. So the land was ·made unholy [polluted] by their blood. 39 The people became ·unholy [unclean; C ritually] by their ·sins [L acts]; they ·were unfaithful to God in [prostituted themselves by] what they did.
40 So the Lord became angry with his people and ·hated [was disgusted with] his own ·children [L inheritance]. 41 He ·handed them over to [L gave them over to the hand/power of] other nations and let ·their enemies [L those who hated them] ·rule over [dominate] them. 42 Their enemies ·were cruel to [oppressed] them and ·kept them [they were brought into subjection] under their ·power [L hand]. 43 The Lord ·saved [rescued] his people many times, but they continued to ·turn [rebel] against him. So they ·became even more wicked [L were brought low by their iniquity].
44 But God saw their ·misery [distress] when he heard their cry. 45 He remembered his ·agreement [treaty; covenant] with them, and he felt ·sorry [compassion] for them because of his great ·love [loyalty]. 46 He caused them to be ·pitied [shown mercy/compassion] by those who held them captive.
47 Lord our God, ·save us [give us victory] and ·bring us back [gather us] from other nations [C perhaps from the exile]. Then we will ·thank [praise] ·you [L your holy name] and will ·gladly praise you [glory in your praise].
48 ·Praise [Bless] the Lord, the God of Israel. He ·always was and always will be [is from everlasting to everlasting]. Let all the people say, “Amen!”
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