1Praise the LORD! 2Oh give thanks to the LORD, 3for he is good, 4for his steadfast love endures forever!
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Who can utter the mighty deeds of the LORD, or declare all his praise?
Blessed are they who observe justice, who 5do righteousness at all times!
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6Remember me, O LORD, when you show favor to your people; help me when you save them,
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that I may look upon the prosperity of your 7chosen ones, that I may rejoice in the gladness of your nation, that I may glory with your inheritance.
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8Both we and 9our fathers have sinned; we have committed iniquity; we have done wickedness.
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Our fathers, when they were in Egypt, did not consider your wondrous works; they 10did not remember the abundance of your steadfast love, but 11rebelled by the sea, at the Red Sea.
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Yet he saved them 12for his name's sake, 13that he might make known his mighty power.
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He 14rebuked the Red Sea, and it 15became dry, and he 16led them through the deep as through a desert.
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So he 17saved them from the hand of the foe and 18redeemed them from the power of the enemy.
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And 19the waters covered their adversaries; not one of them was left.
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Then 20they believed his words; they 21sang his praise.
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But they soon 22forgot his works; they did not wait for 23his counsel.
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But they had 24a wanton craving in the wilderness, and 25put God to the test in the desert;
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he 26gave them what they asked, but sent 27a wasting disease among them.
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When men in the camp 28were jealous of Moses and Aaron, 29the holy one of the LORD,
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30the earth opened and swallowed up Dathan, and covered the company of Abiram.
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31Fire also broke out in their company; the flame burned up the wicked.
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They 32made a calf in Horeb and worshiped a metal image.
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They 33exchanged the glory of God for the image of an ox that eats grass.
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They 34forgot God, their Savior, who had done great things in Egypt,
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wondrous works in 35the land of Ham, and awesome deeds by the Red Sea.
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Therefore 36he said he would destroy them-- had not Moses, his 37chosen one, 38stood in the breach before him, to turn away his wrath from destroying them.
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Then they 39despised 40the pleasant land, having 41no faith in his promise.
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They 42murmured in their tents, and did not obey the voice of the LORD.
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Therefore he 43raised his hand and swore to them that he would make them fall in the wilderness,
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and would make their offspring fall among the nations, 44scattering them among the lands.
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Then they 45yoked themselves to the 46Baal of Peor, and ate sacrifices offered to 47the dead;
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they provoked the LORD to anger with their deeds, and a plague broke out among them.
Then 48Phinehas stood up and intervened, and the plague was stayed.
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And that was 49counted to him as righteousness from generation to generation forever.
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They 50angered him at the waters of Meribah, and it went ill with Moses on their account,
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for they 51made his spirit bitter, and he 52spoke rashly with his lips.
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They did not 53destroy the peoples, 54as the LORD commanded them,
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but they 55mixed with the nations and learned to do as they did.
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They served their idols, which became 56a snare to them.
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They 57sacrificed their sons and their daughters to 58the demons;
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they poured out innocent blood, the blood of their sons and daughters, whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan, and the land was 59polluted with blood.
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Thus they 60became unclean by their acts, and 61played the whore in their deeds.
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Then 62the anger of the LORD was kindled against 63his people, and he abhorred his 64heritage;
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he 65gave them into the hand of the nations, so that those who hated them ruled over them.
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Their enemies 66oppressed them, and they were brought into subjection under their power.
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67Many times he delivered them, but they were rebellious in their 68purposes and were 69brought low through their iniquity.
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Nevertheless, he looked upon their distress, when he 70heard their cry.
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For their sake he 71remembered his covenant, and 72relented according to 73the abundance of his steadfast love.
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He caused them to be 74pitied by all those who held them captive.
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75Save us, O LORD our God, and 76gather us from among the nations, that we may give thanks to your holy name and glory in your praise.
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77Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting! 78And let all the people say, "Amen!" 79Praise the LORD!
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