Give thanks to the LORD. Call on him. Make known among the nations what he has done.
Sing to him. Make music to praise him. Meditate on all the miracles he has performed.
Brag about his holy name. Let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice.
Search for the LORD and his strength. Always seek his presence.
Remember the miracles he performed, the amazing things he did, and the judgments he pronounced,
you descendants of his servant Abraham, you descendants of Jacob, his chosen ones.
He is the LORD our God. His judgments are pronounced throughout the earth.
He always remembers his promise, the word that he commanded for a thousand generations,
the promise that he made to Abraham, and his sworn oath to Isaac.
He confirmed it as a law for Jacob, as an everlasting promise to Israel,
by saying, "I will give you the land of Canaan. It is your share of the inheritance."
While the people of Israel were few in number, a small group of foreigners living in that land,
they wandered from nation to nation, from one kingdom to another.
He didn't permit anyone to oppress them. He warned kings about them:
"Do not touch my anointed ones or harm my prophets."
He brought famine to the land. He took away their food supply.
He sent a man ahead of them. He sent Joseph, who was sold as a slave.
They hurt his feet with shackles, and cut into his neck with an iron collar.
The LORD's promise tested him through fiery trials until his prediction came true.
The king sent someone to release him. The ruler of nations set him free.
He made Joseph the master of his palace and the ruler of all his possessions.
Joseph trained the king's officers the way he wanted and taught his respected leaders wisdom.
Then Israel came to Egypt. Jacob lived as a foreigner in the land of Ham.
The LORD made his people grow rapidly in number and stronger than their enemies.
He changed their minds so that they hated his people, and they dealt treacherously with his servants.
He sent his servant Moses, and he sent Aaron, whom he had chosen.
They displayed his miraculous signs among them and did amazing things in the land of Ham.
He sent darkness and made [their land] dark. They did not rebel against his orders.
He turned their water into blood and caused their fish to die.
He made their land swarm with frogs, even in the kings' bedrooms.
He spoke, and swarms of flies and gnats infested their whole territory.
He gave them hail and lightning instead of rain throughout their land.
He struck their grapevines and fig trees and smashed the trees in their territory.
He spoke, and countless locusts and grasshoppers came.
They devoured all the plants in the land. They devoured the crops in the fields.
He killed all the firstborn sons, the first ones born in the land when their fathers were young.
He brought Israel out with silver and gold, and no one among his tribes stumbled.
The Egyptians were terrified of Israel, so they were glad when Israel left.
He spread out a cloud as a protective covering and a fire to light up the night.
The Israelites asked, and he brought them quail and filled them with bread from heaven.
He opened a rock, and water gushed and flowed like a river through the dry places.
He remembered his holy promise to his servant Abraham.
He brought his people out with joy, his chosen ones with a song of joy.
He gave them the lands of [other] nations, and they inherited what others had worked for
so that they would obey his laws and follow his teachings. Hallelujah!
Hallelujah! Give thanks to the LORD because he is good, because his mercy endures forever.
Who can speak about all the mighty things the LORD has done? Who can announce all the things for which he is worthy of praise?
Blessed are those who defend justice and do what is right at all times.
Remember me, O LORD, when you show favor to your people. Come to help me with your salvation
so that I may see the prosperity of your chosen ones, find joy in our people's happiness, and brag with the people who belong to you.
We have sinned, and so did our ancestors. We have done wrong. We are guilty.
When our ancestors were in Egypt, they gave no thought to your miracles. They did not remember your numerous acts of mercy, so they rebelled at the sea, the Red Sea.
He saved them because of his reputation so that he could make his mighty power known.
He angrily commanded the Red Sea, and it dried up. He led them through deep water as though it were a desert.
He rescued them from the power of the one who hated them. He rescued them from the enemy.
Water covered their adversaries. Not one Egyptian survived.
Then our ancestors believed what he said. They sang his praise.
They quickly forgot what he did. They did not wait for his advice.
They had an unreasonable desire [for food] in the wilderness. In the desert they tested God.
He gave them what they asked for. He [also] gave them a degenerative disease.
In the camp certain men became envious of Moses. They also became envious of Aaron, the LORD's holy one.
The ground split open and swallowed Dathan. It buried Abiram's followers.
A fire broke out among their followers. Flames burned up wicked people.
At Mount Horeb they made [a statue of] a calf. They worshiped an idol made of metal.
They traded their glorious God for the statue of a bull that eats grass.
They forgot God, their savior, the one who did spectacular things in Egypt,
miracles in the land of Ham, and terrifying things at the Red Sea.
God said he was going to destroy them, but Moses, his chosen one, stood in his way to prevent him from exterminating them.
They refused [to enter] the pleasant land. They did not believe what he said.
They complained in their tents. They did not obey the LORD.
Raising his hand, he swore that he would kill them in the wilderness,
kill their descendants among the nations, and scatter them throughout various lands.
They joined in worshiping the god Baal while they were at Peor, and they ate what was sacrificed to the dead.
They infuriated God by what they did, and a plague broke out among them.
Then Phinehas stood between God and the people, and the plague was stopped.
Because of this, Phinehas was considered righteous forever, throughout every generation.
They made God angry by the water at Meribah. Things turned out badly for Moses because of what they did,
since they made him bitter so that he spoke recklessly.
They did not destroy the people as the LORD had told them.
Instead, they intermarried with other nations. They learned to do what other nations did,
and they worshiped their idols, which became a trap for them.
They sacrificed their sons and daughters to demons.
They shed innocent blood, the blood of their own sons and daughters whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan. The land became polluted with blood.
They became filthy because of what they did. They behaved like prostitutes.
The LORD burned with anger against his own people. He was disgusted with those who belonged to him.
He handed them over to other nations, and those who hated them ruled them.
Their enemies oppressed them and made them subject to their power.
He rescued them many times, but they continued to plot rebellion against him and to sink deeper because of their sin.
He saw that they were suffering when he heard their cry for help.
He remembered his promise to them. In keeping with his rich mercy, he changed his plans.
He let them find compassion from all those who held them captive.
Rescue us, O LORD our God, and gather us from the nations so that we may give thanks to your holy name and make your praise our glory.
Thanks be to the LORD God of Israel from everlasting to everlasting. Let all the people say amen. Hallelujah!
Brothers and sisters, I couldn't talk to you as spiritual people but as people still influenced by your corrupt nature. You were infants in your faith in Christ.
I gave you milk to drink. I didn't give you solid food because you weren't ready for it. Even now you aren't ready for it
because you're still influenced by your corrupt nature. When you are jealous and quarrel among yourselves, aren't you influenced by your corrupt nature and living by human standards?
When some of you say, "I follow Paul" and others say, "I follow Apollos," aren't you acting like [sinful] humans?
Who is Apollos? Who is Paul? They are servants who helped you come to faith. Each did what the Lord gave him to do.
I planted, and Apollos watered, but God made it grow.
So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is important because [only] God makes it grow.
The one who plants and the one who waters have the same goal, and each will receive a reward for his own work.
We are God's coworkers. You are God's field. You are God's building.
As a skilled and experienced builder, I used the gift that God gave me to lay the foundation [for that building]. However, someone else is building on it. Each person must be careful how he builds on it.
After all, no one can lay any other foundation than the one that is already laid, and that foundation is Jesus Christ.
People may build on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, or straw.
The day will make what each one does clearly visible because fire will reveal it. That fire will determine what kind of work each person has done.
If what a person has built survives, he will receive a reward.
If his work is burned up, he will suffer [the loss]. However, he will be saved, though it will be like going through a fire.
Don't you know that you are God's temple and that God's Spirit lives in you?
If anyone destroys God's temple, God will destroy him because God's temple is holy. You are that holy temple!
Don't deceive yourselves. If any of you think you are wise in the ways of this world, you should give up that wisdom in order to become really wise.
The wisdom of this world is nonsense in God's sight. That's why Scripture says, "God catches the wise in their cleverness."
Again Scripture says, "The Lord knows that the thoughts of the wise are pointless."
So don't brag about people. Everything belongs to you.
Whether it is Paul, Apollos, Cephas, the world, life or death, present or future things, everything belongs to you.
You belong to Christ, and Christ belongs to God.