1 O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is gracious,*
and his mercy endures for ever.
2 Who can express the mighty acts of the Lord,*
or show forth all his praise?
3 Blessed are those who act with justice,*
and who always do righteousness.
4 Remember me, O Lord, according to the favor that you show to your people; *
O visit me with your salvation,
5 That I may see the felicity of your chosen,*
and rejoice in the gladness of your people, and give thanks with your inheritance.
6 We have sinned like our fathers;*
we have done wrong and dealt wickedly.
7 Our fathers regarded not your wonders in Egypt, neither did they keep your great goodness in remembrance,*
but were disobedient at the sea, even at the Red Sea.
8 Nevertheless, he saved them for his Name's sake,*
that he might make his power known.
9 He rebuked the Red Sea, and it was dried up;*
so he led them through the deep as through a wilderness.
10 And he saved them from the adversary's hand,*
and delivered them from the hand of the enemy.
11 As for those who troubled them, the waters overwhelmed them;*
there was not one of them left.
12 Then they believed his words*
and sang praises unto him.
13 But soon they forgot his works*
and would not wait for his counsel.
14 A craving came upon them in the wilderness,*
and they tempted God in the desert.
15 So he gave them their desire,*
and sent leanness into their soul.
16 They were envious of Moses also in the camp,*
and of Aaron the holy one of the Lord.
17 So the earth opened and swallowed up Dathan*
and covered the company of Abiram,
18 And fire was kindled in their company;*
the flame burnt up the ungodly.
19 They made a calf in Horeb*
and worshiped a molten image.
20 Thus they exchanged their glory*
for the image of a calf that feeds on hay.
21 And they forgot God their Savior,*
who had done great things in Egypt,
22 Wondrous works in the land of Ham,*
and fearful things by the Red Sea.
23 So he said he would have destroyed them, had not Moses his chosen stood before him in the gap*
to turn away his wrathful indignation, lest he should destroy them.
24 Then they scorned that pleasant land*
and gave no credence to his word,
25 But murmured in their tents*
and did not hearken to the voice of the Lord.
26 Then he lifted up his hand against them*
to overthrow them in the wilderness,
27 To cast out their seed among the nations,*
and to scatter them in all the lands.
28 They joined themselves to Baal-Peor*
and ate the offerings to the dead.
29 Thus they provoked him to anger with their wanton deeds,*
and the plague broke out among them.
30 Then Phineas stood up and interceded,*
and so the plague was ended;
31 And that was counted to him as righteousness*
among all generations for evermore.
32 They angered him also at the waters of strife,*
so that he punished Moses for their misdeeds;
33 For they provoked him to anger,*
so that he spoke rashly with his lips.
34 Neither did they destroy the peoples*
as the Lord commanded them,
35 But intermingled among the nations*
and learned their heathen ways,
36 So that they worshiped their idols, which became a snare to them;*
they offered their sons and their daughters to demons,
37 And shed innocent blood, even the blood of their sons and of their daughters,*
whom they offered to the idols of Canaan; and the land was defiled with blood.
38 Thus were they defiled by their own works*
and went whoring with their own deeds.
39 Therefore was the wrath of the Lord kindled against his people,*
and he abhorred his own inheritance,
40 And he gave them over into the hands of the nations,*
and those who hated them were lords over them.
41 Their enemies oppressed them*
and held them in subjection.
42 Many a time did he deliver them,*
but they rebelled against him through their own devices, and were brought down in their wickedness.
43 Nevertheless, when he saw their adversity,*
when he heard their lamentation,
44 He remembered his covenant and pitied them, according to the multitude of his mercies;*
he made all those who led them away captive to pity them.
45 Deliver us, O Lord our God, and gather us from among the nations,*
that we may give thanks to your holy Name and make our boast of your praise.
46 Blessed be the Lord God of Israel from everlasting and world without end,*
and let all the people say, "Amen." Praise the Lord.
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