He said, "Surely they are my people,1 sons who will not be false to me"; and so he became their Savior.29
In all their distress he too was distressed, and the angel3 of his presence4 saved them. In his love and mercy he redeemed5 them; he lifted them up and carried6 them all the days of old.710
Yet they rebelled8 and grieved his Holy Spirit.9 So he turned and became their enemy10 and he himself fought11 against them.
Then his people recalleda the days of old, the days of Moses and his people-- where is he who brought them through the sea,12 with the shepherd of his flock?13 Where is he who set his Holy Spirit14 among them,
who sent his glorious arm15 of power to be at Moses' right hand, who divided the waters16 before them, to gain for himself everlasting renown,1713
who led18 them through the depths?19 Like a horse in open country, they did not stumble;2014
like cattle that go down to the plain, they were given rest21 by the Spirit of the LORD. This is how you guided your people to make for yourself a glorious name.
Look down from heaven22 and see from your lofty throne,23 holy and glorious. Where are your zeal24 and your might? Your tenderness and compassion25 are withheld26 from us.
But you are our Father,27 though Abraham does not know us or Israel acknowledge28 us; you, O LORD, are our Father, our Redeemer29 from of old is your name.
Why, O LORD, do you make us wander30 from your ways and harden our hearts31 so we do not revere32 you? Return33 for the sake of your servants, the tribes that are your inheritance.3418
For a little while35 your people possessed your holy place, but now our enemies have trampled36 down your sanctuary.37