Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;p
his love endures forever.q
2 Who can proclaim the mighty actsr of the Lord
or fully declare his praise?
3 Blessed are those who act justly,s
who always do what is right.t
4 Remember me,u Lord, when you show favorv to your people,
come to my aidw when you save them,
5 that I may enjoy the prosperityx of your chosen ones,y
that I may share in the joyz of your nation
and join your inheritancea in giving praise.
6 We have sinned,b even as our ancestorsc did;
we have done wrong and acted wickedly.d
7 When our ancestors were in Egypt,
they gave no thoughte to your miracles;
they did not rememberf your many kindnesses,
and they rebelled by the sea,g the Red Sea.b
8 Yet he saved themh for his name’s sake,i
to make his mighty powerj known.
9 He rebukedk the Red Sea, and it dried up;l
he led them throughm the depths as through a desert.
10 He saved themn from the hand of the foe;o
from the hand of the enemy he redeemed them.p
11 The waters coveredq their adversaries;
not one of them survived.
12 Then they believed his promises
and sang his praise.r
13 But they soon forgots what he had done
and did not wait for his plan to unfold.t
14 In the desertu they gave in to their craving;
in the wildernessv they put God to the test.w
15 So he gave themx what they asked for,
but sent a wasting diseasey among them.
16 In the camp they grew enviousz of Moses
and of Aaron, who was consecrated to the Lord.
17 The earth openeda up and swallowed Dathan;b
it buried the company of Abiram.c
18 Fire blazedd among their followers;
a flame consumed the wicked.
19 At Horeb they made a calfe
and worshiped an idol cast from metal.
20 They exchanged their glorious Godf
for an image of a bull, which eats grass.
21 They forgot the Godg who saved them,
who had done great thingsh in Egypt,
22 miracles in the land of Hami
and awesome deedsj by the Red Sea.
23 So he said he would destroyk them—
had not Moses, his chosen one,
stood in the breachl before him
to keep his wrath from destroying them.
24 Then they despisedm the pleasant land;n
they did not believeo his promise.
25 They grumbledp in their tents
and did not obey the Lord.
26 So he sworeq to them with uplifted hand
that he would make them fall in the wilderness,r
27 make their descendants fall among the nations
and scatters them throughout the lands.
28 They yoked themselves to the Baal of Peort
and ate sacrifices offered to lifeless gods;
29 they aroused the Lord’s angeru by their wicked deeds,v
and a plaguew broke out among them.
30 But Phinehasx stood up and intervened,
and the plague was checked.y
31 This was credited to himz as righteousness
for endless generationsa to come.
32 By the waters of Meribahb they angered the Lord,
and trouble came to Moses because of them;
33 for they rebelledc against the Spiritd of God,
and rash words came from Moses’ lips.c e
34 They did not destroyf the peoples
as the Lord had commandedg them,
35 but they mingledh with the nations
and adopted their customs.
36 They worshiped their idols,i
which became a snarej to them.
37 They sacrificed their sonsk
and their daughters to false gods.l
the blood of their sonsm and daughters,
whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan,
and the land was desecrated by their blood.
39 They defiled themselvesn by what they did;
by their deeds they prostitutedo themselves.
40 Therefore the Lord was angryp with his people
and abhorred his inheritance.q
41 He gave them into the handsr of the nations,
and their foes ruled over them.
42 Their enemies oppresseds them
and subjected them to their power.
43 Many times he delivered them,t
but they were bent on rebellionu
and they wasted away in their sin.
44 Yet he took note of their distress
when he heard their cry;v
45 for their sake he remembered his covenantw
and out of his great lovex he relented.y
46 He caused all who held them captive
to show them mercy.z
47 Save us,a Lord our God,
and gather usb from the nations,
that we may give thanksc to your holy named
and glory in your praise.
48 Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel,
from everlasting to everlasting.
Let all the people say, “Amen!”e
Praise the Lord.
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