Give Thanks to the Lord, for He Is Good1 aPraise the Lord!
bOh give thanks to the Lord, cfor he is good,
dfor his steadfast love endures forever!
2Who can utter the mighty deeds of the Lord,
or declare all his praise?
3Blessed are they who observe justice,
who edo righteousness at all times!
4 fRemember me, O Lord, when you show favor to your people;
help me when you save them, ▼
▼Or Remember me, O Lord, with the favor you show to your people; help me with your salvation
5that I may look upon the prosperity of your hchosen ones,
that I may rejoice in the gladness of your nation,
that I may glory with your inheritance.
6 iBoth we and jour fathers have sinned;
we have committed iniquity; we have done wickedness.
7Our fathers, when they were in Egypt,
did not consider your wondrous works;
they kdid not remember the abundance of your steadfast love,
but lrebelled by the sea, at the Red Sea.
8Yet he saved them mfor his name’s sake,
nthat he might make known his mighty power.
9He orebuked the Red Sea, and it pbecame dry,
and he qled them through the deep as through a desert.
10So he rsaved them from the hand of the foe
and sredeemed them from the power of the enemy.
11And tthe waters covered their adversaries;
not one of them was left.
12Then uthey believed his words;
they vsang his praise.
13 But they soon wforgot his works;
they did not wait for xhis counsel.
14But they had ya wanton craving in the wilderness,
and zput God to the test in the desert;
15he aagave them what they asked,
but sent aba wasting disease among them.
16 When men in the camp acwere jealous of Moses
and Aaron, adthe holy one of the Lord,
17 aethe earth opened and swallowed up Dathan,
and covered the company of Abiram.
18 afFire also broke out in their company;
the flame burned up the wicked.
19 They agmade a calf in Horeb
and worshiped a metal image.
20They ahexchanged the glory of God ▼
▼Hebrew exchanged their glory
for the image of an ox that eats grass.
21They ajforgot God, their Savior,
who had done great things in Egypt,
22wondrous works in akthe land of Ham,
and awesome deeds by the Red Sea.
23Therefore alhe said he would destroy them—
had not Moses, his amchosen one,
anstood in the breach before him,
to turn away his wrath from destroying them.
24 Then they aodespised apthe pleasant land,
having aqno faith in his promise.
25They armurmured in their tents,
and did not obey the voice of the Lord.
26Therefore he asraised his hand and swore to them
that he would make them fall in the wilderness,
27and would make their offspring fall among the nations,
atscattering them among the lands.
28 Then they auyoked themselves to the avBaal of Peor,
and ate sacrifices offered to awthe dead;
29they provoked the Lord to anger with their deeds,
and a plague broke out among them.
30Then axPhinehas stood up and intervened,
and the plague was stayed.
31And that was aycounted to him as righteousness
from generation to generation forever.
32 They azangered him at the waters of Meribah,
and it went ill with Moses on their account,
33for they bamade his spirit bitter ▼
▼Or they rebelled against God’s Spirit
and he bcspoke rashly with his lips.
34 They did not bddestroy the peoples,
beas the Lord commanded them,
35but they bfmixed with the nations
and learned to do as they did.
36They served their idols,
which became bga snare to them.
37They bhsacrificed their sons
and their daughters to bithe demons;
38they poured out innocent blood,
the blood of their sons and daughters,
whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan,
and the land was bjpolluted with blood.
39Thus they bkbecame unclean by their acts,
and blplayed the whore in their deeds.
40 Then bmthe anger of the Lord was kindled against bnhis people,
and he abhorred his boheritage;
41he bpgave them into the hand of the nations,
so that those who hated them ruled over them.
42Their enemies bqoppressed them,
and they were brought into subjection under their power.
43 brMany times he delivered them,
but they were rebellious in their bspurposes
and were btbrought low through their iniquity.
44 Nevertheless, he looked upon their distress,
when he buheard their cry.
45For their sake he bvremembered his covenant,
and bwrelented according to bxthe abundance of his steadfast love.
46He caused them to be bypitied
by all those who held them captive.
47 bzSave us, O Lord our God,
and cagather us from among the nations,
that we may give thanks to your holy name
and glory in your praise.
48 cbBlessed be the Lord, the God of Israel,
from everlasting to everlasting!
ccAnd let all the people say, “Amen!”
cdPraise the Lord!
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