Give thanks to the Lord, since he is good, for his gracious love exists forever.
2 Who can fully describe the mighty acts of the Lord or proclaim all his praises? 3 How happy are those who enforce justice, who live righteously all the time. 4 Remember me, Lord, when you show favor to your people. Visit us with your deliverance, 5 to witness the prosperity of your chosen ones, to rejoice in your nation’s joy, to glory in your inheritance.
6 We have sinned, along with our ancestors; we have committed iniquity and wickedness. 7 In Egypt, our ancestors neither comprehended your awesome deeds nor remembered your abundant gracious love. Instead, they rebelled beside the sea, the Reed[a] Sea. 8 He delivered for the sake of his name,[b] to make his power known. 9 He shouted at the Reed[c] Sea and it dried up; and led them through the sea as though through a desert. 10 He delivered them from the power of their foe; redeeming them from the power of their enemy. 11 The water overwhelmed their enemies, so that not one of them survived.[d] 12 Then they believed his word and sung his praise.
13 But they quickly forgot his deeds and did not wait for his counsel. 14 They were overwhelmed with craving in the wilderness, so God tested them in the wasteland. 15 God granted them their request, but sent leanness into their lives.
16 They were envious of Moses in the camp, and of Aaron, the holy one of the Lord. 17 The earth opened and swallowed Dathan, closing over Abiram’s clan. 18 Then a fire burned among their company, a flame that set the wicked ablaze.
19 They fashioned a calf at Horeb and worshipped a carved image. 20 They exchanged their glory[e] with the image of a grass-eating bull. 21 They forgot God their Savior, who performed great things in Egypt— 22 awesome deeds in the land of Ham,[f] astonishing deeds at the Reed[g] Sea. 23 He would have destroyed them but for Moses, his chosen one, who stood in the breach before him to avert[h] his destructive wrath.
24 They rejected the desirable land, and they didn’t trust his promise. 25 They murmured in their tents, and didn’t listen to the voice of the Lord. 26 So he swore an oath concerning them— that he would cause them to die in the wilderness, 27 to cause their children to perish among the nations and be scattered among many[i] lands. 28 For they adopted the worship[j] of Baal Peor and ate sacrifices offered to the dead. 29 They had provoked anger by their deeds, so that a plague broke out against them. 30 But Phinehas intervened and prayed so that the plague was restrained. 31 And it was credited to him as a righteous act, from generation to generation—to eternity. 32 They provoked wrath at the waters of Meribah, and Moses suffered[k] on account of them. 33 For they rebelled against him,[l] so that he spoke thoughtlessly with his lips.
34 They never destroyed the people, as the Lord had commanded them. 35 Instead, they mingled among the nations and learned their ways.[m] 36 They worshipped[n] their idols, and this became a trap for them. 37 They sacrificed their sons and daughters to demons. 38 They shed innocent blood— the blood of their sons and daughters— whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan, thereby polluting the land with blood. 39 Therefore, they became unclean because of what they did; they have acted like whores by their evil deeds. 40 The Lord’s anger burned against his people, so that he despised his own inheritance. 41 He turned them over to domination by nations where those who hated them ruled over them. 42 Their enemies oppressed them, so that they were humiliated by their power. 43 He delivered them many times, but they demonstrated rebellion by their evil plans; therefore they sunk deep in their sins.
44 Yet when he saw their distress and heard their cries for help,[o] 45 he remembered his covenant with them, and so relented according to the greatness of his gracious love. 46 He caused all their captors to show compassion toward them.
47 Deliver us, Lord our God, gather us from among the nations so we may praise your holy name and rejoice in praising you. 48 Blessed are you, Lord God of Israel, from eternity to eternity; Let all the people say, “Amen!” Hallelujah!
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