New International Version
16 He called down famine(A) on the land
and destroyed all their supplies of food;
17 and he sent a man before them—
Joseph, sold as a slave.(B)
18 They bruised his feet with shackles,(C)
his neck was put in irons,
19 till what he foretold(D) came to pass,
till the word(E) of the Lord proved him true.
20 The king sent and released him,
the ruler of peoples set him free.(F)
21 He made him master of his household,
ruler over all he possessed,
22 to instruct his princes(G) as he pleased
and teach his elders wisdom.(H)
23 Then Israel entered Egypt;(I)
Jacob resided(J) as a foreigner in the land of Ham.(K)
24 The Lord made his people very fruitful;
he made them too numerous(L) for their foes,
25 whose hearts he turned(M) to hate his people,
to conspire(N) against his servants.
26 He sent Moses(O) his servant,
and Aaron,(P) whom he had chosen.(Q)
27 They performed(R) his signs(S) among them,
his wonders(T) in the land of Ham.
28 He sent darkness(U) and made the land dark—
for had they not rebelled against(V) his words?
29 He turned their waters into blood,(W)
causing their fish to die.(X)
30 Their land teemed with frogs,(Y)
which went up into the bedrooms of their rulers.
31 He spoke,(Z) and there came swarms of flies,(AA)
and gnats(AB) throughout their country.
32 He turned their rain into hail,(AC)
with lightning throughout their land;
33 he struck down their vines(AD) and fig trees(AE)
and shattered the trees of their country.
34 He spoke,(AF) and the locusts came,(AG)
grasshoppers(AH) without number;(AI)
35 they ate up every green thing in their land,
ate up the produce of their soil.
36 Then he struck down all the firstborn(AJ) in their land,
the firstfruits of all their manhood.
37 He brought out Israel, laden with silver and gold,(AK)
and from among their tribes no one faltered.
38 Egypt was glad when they left,
because dread of Israel(AL) had fallen on them.
39 He spread out a cloud(AM) as a covering,
and a fire to give light at night.(AN)
40 They asked,(AO) and he brought them quail;(AP)
he fed them well with the bread of heaven.(AQ)
41 He opened the rock,(AR) and water gushed out;
it flowed like a river in the desert.
42 For he remembered his holy promise(AS)
given to his servant Abraham.
43 He brought out his people with rejoicing,(AT)
his chosen ones with shouts of joy;
44 he gave them the lands of the nations,(AU)
and they fell heir to what others had toiled(AV) for—
45 that they might keep his precepts
and observe his laws.(AW)
4 Remember me,(BF) Lord, when you show favor(BG) to your people,
come to my aid(BH) when you save them,
5 that I may enjoy the prosperity(BI) of your chosen ones,(BJ)
that I may share in the joy(BK) of your nation
and join your inheritance(BL) in giving praise.
6 We have sinned,(BM) even as our ancestors(BN) did;
we have done wrong and acted wickedly.(BO)
7 When our ancestors were in Egypt,
they gave no thought(BP) to your miracles;
they did not remember(BQ) your many kindnesses,
and they rebelled by the sea,(BR) the Red Sea.[c]
8 Yet he saved them(BS) for his name’s sake,(BT)
to make his mighty power(BU) known.
9 He rebuked(BV) the Red Sea, and it dried up;(BW)
he led them through(BX) the depths as through a desert.
10 He saved them(BY) from the hand of the foe;(BZ)
from the hand of the enemy he redeemed them.(CA)
11 The waters covered(CB) their adversaries;
not one of them survived.
12 Then they believed his promises
and sang his praise.(CC)
13 But they soon forgot(CD) what he had done
and did not wait for his plan to unfold.(CE)
14 In the desert(CF) they gave in to their craving;
in the wilderness(CG) they put God to the test.(CH)
15 So he gave them(CI) what they asked for,
but sent a wasting disease(CJ) among them.
16 In the camp they grew envious(CK) of Moses
and of Aaron, who was consecrated to the Lord.
17 The earth opened(CL) up and swallowed Dathan;(CM)
it buried the company of Abiram.(CN)
18 Fire blazed(CO) among their followers;
a flame consumed the wicked.
19 At Horeb they made a calf(CP)
and worshiped an idol cast from metal.
20 They exchanged their glorious God(CQ)
for an image of a bull, which eats grass.
21 They forgot the God(CR) who saved them,
who had done great things(CS) in Egypt,
22 miracles in the land of Ham(CT)
and awesome deeds(CU) by the Red Sea.
23 So he said he would destroy(CV) them—
had not Moses, his chosen one,
stood in the breach(CW) before him
to keep his wrath from destroying them.
24 Then they despised(CX) the pleasant land;(CY)
they did not believe(CZ) his promise.
25 They grumbled(DA) in their tents
and did not obey the Lord.
26 So he swore(DB) to them with uplifted hand
that he would make them fall in the wilderness,(DC)
27 make their descendants fall among the nations
and scatter(DD) them throughout the lands.
28 They yoked themselves to the Baal of Peor(DE)
and ate sacrifices offered to lifeless gods;
29 they aroused the Lord’s anger(DF) by their wicked deeds,(DG)
and a plague(DH) broke out among them.
30 But Phinehas(DI) stood up and intervened,
and the plague was checked.(DJ)
31 This was credited to him(DK) as righteousness
for endless generations(DL) to come.
32 By the waters of Meribah(DM) they angered the Lord,
and trouble came to Moses because of them;
33 for they rebelled(DN) against the Spirit(DO) of God,
and rash words came from Moses’ lips.[d](DP)
34 They did not destroy(DQ) the peoples
as the Lord had commanded(DR) them,
35 but they mingled(DS) with the nations
and adopted their customs.
36 They worshiped their idols,(DT)
which became a snare(DU) to them.
37 They sacrificed their sons(DV)
and their daughters to false gods.(DW)
38 They shed innocent blood,
the blood of their sons(DX) and daughters,
whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan,
and the land was desecrated by their blood.
39 They defiled themselves(DY) by what they did;
by their deeds they prostituted(DZ) themselves.
40 Therefore the Lord was angry(EA) with his people
and abhorred his inheritance.(EB)
41 He gave them into the hands(EC) of the nations,
and their foes ruled over them.
42 Their enemies oppressed(ED) them
and subjected them to their power.
43 Many times he delivered them,(EE)
but they were bent on rebellion(EF)
and they wasted away in their sin.
44 Yet he took note of their distress
when he heard their cry;(EG)
45 for their sake he remembered his covenant(EH)
and out of his great love(EI) he relented.(EJ)
46 He caused all who held them captive
to show them mercy.(EK)
48 Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel,
from everlasting to everlasting.
Let all the people say, “Amen!”(EP)
Praise the Lord.