And the Levites--Jeshua, Kadmiel, Bani, Hashabneiah, Sherebiah, Hodiah, Shebaniah and Pethahiah--said: "Stand up and praise the LORD your God,1 who is from everlasting to everlasting.a " "Blessed be your glorious name,2 and may it be exalted above all blessing and praise.
You alone are the LORD.3 You made the heavens,4 even the highest heavens, and all their starry host,5 the earth6 and all that is on it, the seas7 and all that is in them.8 You give life to everything, and the multitudes of heaven9 worship you.
"You are the LORD God, who chose Abram10 and brought him out of Ur of the Chaldeans11 and named him Abraham.128
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.13 You have kept your promise14 because you are righteous.159
"You saw the suffering of our forefathers in Egypt;16 you heard their cry at the Red Sea.b1710
You sent miraculous signs18 and wonders19 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 name20 for yourself,21 which remains to this day.
You divided the sea before them,22 so that they passed through it on dry ground, but you hurled their pursuers into the depths,23 like a stone into mighty waters.2412
By day25 you led26 them with a pillar of cloud,27 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;28 you spoke29 to them from heaven.30 You gave them regulations and laws that are just31 and right, and decrees and commands that are good.3214
You made known to them your holy Sabbath33 and gave them commands, decrees and laws through your servant Moses.
In their hunger you gave them bread from heaven34 and in their thirst you brought them water from the rock;35 you told them to go in and take possession of the land you had sworn with uplifted hand36 to give them.37