When our fathers were in Egypt, they gave no thought1 to your miracles; they did not remember2 your many kindnesses, and they rebelled by the sea,3 the Red Sea.a8
Yet he saved them4 for his name's sake,5 to make his mighty power6 known.
He rebuked7 the Red Sea, and it dried up;8 he led them through9 the depths as through a desert.
He saved them10 from the hand of the foe;11 from the hand of the enemy he redeemed them.1211
The waters covered13 their adversaries; not one of them survived.
Then they believed his promises and sang his praise.1413
But they soon forgot15 what he had done and did not wait for his counsel.1614
In the desert17 they gave in to their craving; in the wasteland18 they put God to the test.1915
So he gave them20 what they asked for, but sent a wasting disease21 upon them.
In the camp they grew envious22 of Moses and of Aaron, who was consecrated to the LORD.
The earth opened23 up and swallowed Dathan;24 it buried the company of Abiram.2518
Fire blazed26 among their followers; a flame consumed the wicked.
At Horeb they made a calf27 and worshiped an idol cast from metal.
They exchanged their Glory28 for an image of a bull, which eats grass.
They forgot the God29 who saved them, who had done great things30 in Egypt,
miracles in the land of Ham31 and awesome deeds32 by the Red Sea.
So he said he would destroy33 them-- had not Moses, his chosen one, stood in the breach34 before him to keep his wrath from destroying them.
Then they despised35 the pleasant land;36 they did not believe37 his promise.
They grumbled38 in their tents and did not obey the LORD.
So he swore39 to them with uplifted hand that he would make them fall in the desert,4027
make their descendants fall among the nations and scatter41 them throughout the lands.
They yoked themselves to the Baal of Peor42 and ate sacrifices offered to lifeless gods;
they provoked the LORD to anger43 by their wicked deeds,44 and a plague45 broke out among them.
But Phinehas46 stood up and intervened, and the plague was checked.4731
This was credited to him48 as righteousness for endless generations49 to come.
By the waters of Meribah50 they angered the LORD, and trouble came to Moses because of them;
for they rebelled51 against the Spirit52 of God, and rash words came from Moses' lips.b5334
They did not destroy54 the peoples as the LORD had commanded55 them,
but they mingled56 with the nations and adopted their customs.
They worshiped their idols,57 which became a snare58 to them.
They sacrificed their sons59 and their daughters to demons.6038
They shed innocent blood, the blood of their sons61 and daughters, whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan, and the land was desecrated by their blood.
They defiled themselves62 by what they did; by their deeds they prostituted63 themselves.
Therefore the LORD was angry64 with his people and abhorred his inheritance.6541
He handed them over66 to the nations, and their foes ruled over them.
Their enemies oppressed67 them and subjected them to their power.
Many times he delivered them,68 but they were bent on rebellion69 and they wasted away in their sin.
But he took note of their distress when he heard their cry;7045
for their sake he remembered his covenant71 and out of his great love72 he relented.7346
He caused them to be pitied74 by all who held them captive.
Save us,75 O LORD our God, and gather us76 from the nations, that we may give thanks77 to your holy name78 and glory in your praise.
Praise be to the LORD, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting. Let all the people say, "Amen!"79 Praise the LORD.