1 Praise the Lord! Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good! His faithful
love endures forever.
2 Who can list the glorious miracles of the Lord? Who can
ever praise him half enough?
3 Happy are those who deal justly with others and always do
what is right.
4 Remember me, too, Lord, when you show favor to your
people; come to me with your salvation.
5 Let me share in the prosperity of your chosen ones. Let me
rejoice in the joy of your people; let me praise you with those who are
6 Both we and our ancestors have sinned. We have done wrong!
We have acted wickedly!
7 Our ancestors in Egypt were not impressed by the Lord’s
miracles. They soon forgot his many acts of kindness to them. Instead, they
rebelled against him at the Red Sea.
8 Even so, he saved them—to defend the honor of his name and
to demonstrate his mighty power.
9 He commanded the Red Sea to divide, and a dry path
appeared. He led Israel across the sea bottom that was as dry as a
10 So he rescued them from their enemies and redeemed them
from their foes.
11 Then the water returned and covered their enemies;not one
of them survived.
12 Then at last his people believed his promises.Then they
finally sang his praise.
13 Yet how quickly they forgot what he had done! They
wouldn’t wait for his counsel!
14 In the wilderness, their desires ran wild,testing God’s
patience in that dry land.
15 So he gave them what they asked for,but he sent a plague
along with it.
16 The people in the camp were jealous of Moses and envious
of Aaron, the Lord’s holy priest.
17 Because of this, the earth opened up;it swallowed Dathan
and buried Abiram and the other rebels.
18 Fire fell upon their followers;a flame consumed the
19 The people made a calf at Mount Sinai ;they bowed before
an image made of gold.
20 They traded their glorious God for a statue of a
21 They forgot God, their savior,who had done such great
things in Egypt—
22 such wonderful things in that land,such awesome deeds at
the Red Sea.
23 So he declared he would destroy them.But Moses, his
chosen one, stepped between the Lord and the people.He begged him to turn
from his anger and not destroy them.
24 The people refused to enter the pleasant land,for they
wouldn’t believe his promise to care for them.
25 Instead, they grumbled in their tents and refused to obey
26 Therefore, he swore that he would kill them in the
27 that he would scatter their descendants among the
nations, exiling them to distant lands.
28 Then our ancestors joined in the worship of Baal at
Peor;they even ate sacrifices offered to the dead!
29 They angered the Lord with all these things,so a plague
broke out among them.
30 But Phinehas had the courage to step in,and the plague
31 So he has been regarded as a righteous man ever since
32 At Meribah, too, they angered the Lord,causing Moses
33 They made Moses angry,and he spoke foolishly.
34 Israel failed to destroy the nations in the land,as the
Lord had told them to.
35 Instead, they mingled among the pagans and adopted their
36 They worshiped their idols,and this led to their
37 They even sacrificed their sons and their daughters to
38 They shed innocent blood,the blood of their sons and
daughters.By sacrificing them to the idols of Canaan, they polluted the
land with murder.
39 They defiled themselves by their evil deeds, and their
love of idols was adultery in the Lord’s sight.
40 That is why the Lord’s anger burned against his people,
and he abhorred his own special possession.
41 He handed them over to pagan nations, and those who hated
them ruled over them.
42 Their enemies crushed them and brought them under their
43 Again and again he delivered them, but they continued to
rebel against him, and they were finally destroyed by their sin.
44 Even so, he pitied them in their distress and listened to
45 He remembered his covenant with them and relented because
of his unfailing love.
46 He even caused their captors to treat them with
47 O Lord our God, save us! Gather us back from among the
nations, so we can thank your holy name and rejoice and praise you.
48 Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel,
from everlasting to everlasting! Let all the people say, “Amen!”
Praise the Lord!