Praise the Lord;
O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good :
and his mercy endures for ever.
Who can express the mighty acts of the Lord :
or fully voice his praise?
Blessed are those who act according to justice :
who at all times do the right.
Remember me, O Lord,
when you visit your people with your favour :
and come to me also with your salvation,
That I may see the prosperity of your chosen :
that I may rejoice with the rejoicing of your people,
and exult with those who are your own.
We have sinned like our fathers :
we have acted perversely and done wrong.
Our fathers when they were in Egypt :
took no heed of your wonders;
They did not remember the multitude of your loving-kindnesses :
but they rebelled at the Red Sea.
Nevertheless, he saved them for his names sake :
that he might make known his power.
He commanded the Red Sea, and it dried up :
and he led them through the deep as through a desert.
He delivered them from the hand of their adversary :
and redeemed them from the power of the enemy.
The waters closed over their oppressors :
so that not one was left alive.
Then they believed his words :
and sang him songs of praise.
But in a little while they forgot what he had done :
and would wait for his counsel no more.
Greed took hold of them in the desert :
and they put God to the test in the wilderness.
So he gave them that which they desired :
but sent a wasting sickness among them.
Then they grew envious of Moses in the camp :
and of Aaron, the holy one of the Lord;
Whereupon the earth opened and swallowed up Dathan :
it closed over the company of Abiram;
Fire flared out against their number :
and flame devoured the ungodly.
At Horeb they made themselves a calf :
and bowed down in worship to an image.
And so they exchanged the glory of God :
for the likeness of an ox that eats hay.
They forgot God who was their saviour :
that had done such great things in Egypt,
Who had worked his wonders in the land of Ham :
and his terrible deeds at the Red Sea.
Therefore he thought to destroy them :
had not Moses his servant stood before him in the breach,
to turn away his wrath from destroying them.
Then they despised the pleasant land :
and put no faith in his promise,
But murmured in their tents :
and would not obey the voice of the Lord.
So he lifted his hand to swear an oath against them :
that he would strike them down in the wilderness,
And cast out their children among the nations :
and scatter them through all the lands.
Then they joined themselves to the Baal of Peor :
and ate things sacrificed to gods that have no life.
They provoked him to anger with their wanton deeds :
and plague broke out among them.
Then stood up Phinehas and interposed :
and so the plague was ended;
And that was counted to him for righteousness :
throughout all generations for evermore.
They angered God also at the waters of Meribah :
so that Moses suffered for their misdeeds;
For they had embittered his spirit :
and he spoke rashly with his lips.
They did not destroy the peoples :
as the Lord had commanded them to do,
But they mingled themselves with the heathen :
and learned to follow their ways.
They worshipped foreign idols :
and these became their snare,
So that they sacrificed their sons :
and their own daughters to demons.
They shed innocent blood :
even the blood of their own sons and daughters,
Whom they offered to the idols of Canaan :
and the land was defiled with blood.
They made themselves foul by their acts :
and with wanton deeds whored after strange gods.
Then was the wrath of the Lord
kindled against his people :
and he loathed his own possession;
He gave them into the hands of the nations :
and their adversaries ruled over them.
Their enemies became their oppressors :
and they were brought into subjection
beneath their power.
Many a time he saved them :
but they rebelled against him to follow their own designs
and were brought down by their wickedness.
Nevertheless, he looked on their distress :
when he heard their loud crying.
He remembered his covenant with them :
and relented, according to the abundance of his loving-kindness.
And he caused them to be pitied :
even by those that held them captive.
Save 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 in your praises.
Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel,
from everlasting to everlasting :
and let all the people say, Amen. Praise the Lord.