They stood where they were and read from the Book of the Law of the LORD their God for a quarter of the day, and spent another quarter in confession and in worshiping the LORD their God.
Standing on the stairs were the Levites1--Jeshua, Bani, Kadmiel, Shebaniah, Bunni, Sherebiah, Bani and Kenani--who called with loud voices to the LORD their God.
And the Levites--Jeshua, Kadmiel, Bani, Hashabneiah, Sherebiah, Hodiah, Shebaniah and Pethahiah--said: "Stand up and praise the LORD your God,2 who is from everlasting to everlasting.a " "Blessed be your glorious name,3 and may it be exalted above all blessing and praise.
You alone are the LORD.4 You made the heavens,5 even the highest heavens, and all their starry host,6 the earth7 and all that is on it, the seas8 and all that is in them.9 You give life to everything, and the multitudes of heaven10 worship you.
"You are the LORD God, who chose Abram11 and brought him out of Ur of the Chaldeans12 and named him Abraham.138
You found his heart faithful to you, and you made a covenant with him to give to his descendants the land of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Jebusites and Girgashites.14 You have kept your promise15 because you are righteous.169
"You saw the suffering of our forefathers in Egypt;17 you heard their cry at the Red Sea.b1810
You sent miraculous signs19 and wonders20 against Pharaoh, against all his officials and all the people of his land, for you knew how arrogantly the Egyptians treated them. You made a name21 for yourself,22 which remains to this day.
You divided the sea before them,23 so that they passed through it on dry ground, but you hurled their pursuers into the depths,24 like a stone into mighty waters.2512
By day26 you led27 them with a pillar of cloud,28 and by night with a pillar of fire to give them light on the way they were to take.
"You came down on Mount Sinai;29 you spoke30 to them from heaven.31 You gave them regulations and laws that are just32 and right, and decrees and commands that are good.33