The Book of Psalms
Praise ye the LORD. O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his lovingkindness endureth for ever.
2 Who can utter the mighty acts of the LORD? who can shew forth all his praise?
3 Blessed are they that keep justice, and he that doeth righteousness at all times.
4 Remember me, O LORD, with the favour that thou shewest unto thy people: visit me with thy salvation;
5 That I may see the prosperity of thy chosen, that I may rejoice in the gladness of thy nation, that I may glory with thine inheritance.
6 We have sinned like unto our fathers, we have committed iniquity, we have done wickedly.
7 Our fathers understood not thy wonders in Egypt; they remembered not the multitude of thy lovingkindnesses; but rebelled at the sea, even at the Red sea.
8 Nevertheless he saved them for his name's sake, that he might make his mighty power to be known.
9 He rebuked the Red sea also, and it was dried up: and he led them through the depths, as through the wilderness.
10 So he saved them from the hand of him that hated them, and redeemed them from the hand of the enemy.
11 And the waters covered their enemies: there was not one of them left.
12 Then believed they his words; they sang his praise.
13 But they soon forgot his works; they waited not for his counsel:
14 But lusted exceedingly in the wilderness, and tempted God in the desert.
15 And he gave them their request; but sent a wasting disease among them.
16 They envied Moses also in the camp, and Aaron the saint of the LORD.
17 The earth opened and swallowed up Dathan and covered the company of Abiram.
18 And a fire was kindled in their company; the flame burned up the wicked.
19 They made a calf in Horeb, and worshipped the molten image.
20 Thus they changed their glory into the similitude of an ox that eateth grass.
21 They forgat God their saviour, which had done great things in Egypt;
22 Wondrous works in the land of Ham, and terrible things by the Red sea.
23 Therefore he said that he would destroy them, had not Moses his chosen stood before him in the breach, to turn away his wrath, lest he should destroy them.
24 Yea, they despised the pleasant land, they believed not his word:
25 But murmured in their tents, and hearkened not unto the voice of the LORD.
26 Therefore he lifted up his hand and swore to them, to overthrow them in the wilderness:
27 To cast their seed also among the nations, and to scatter them in the lands.
28 They joined themselves also unto Baalpeor, and ate the sacrifices offered to the dead.
29 Thus they provoked him to anger with their deeds: and the plague broke out among them.
30 Then stood up Phinehas, and came betwixt: and so the plague was stayed.
31 And that was counted unto him for righteousness unto all generations for evermore.
32 They angered him also at the waters of Meribah, so that it went ill with Moses for their sakes:
33 Because they rebelled against his spirit, so that he spake unadvisedly with his lips.
34 They did not destroy the nations, concerning whom the LORD commanded them:
35 But were mingled among the nations, and learned their customs.
36 And they served their idols: which were a snare unto them.
37 Yea, they sacrificed their sons and their daughters unto devils,
38 And shed innocent blood, even the blood of their sons and of their daughters, whom they sacrificed unto the idols of Canaan: and the land was polluted with blood.
39 Thus were they defiled with their own works, and went a whoring with their own deeds.
40 Therefore was the wrath of the LORD kindled against his people, and he abhorred his inheritance.
41 And he gave them into the hand of the nations; and they that hated them ruled over them.
42 Their enemies also oppressed them, and they were brought into subjection under their power.
43 Many times did he deliver them; but they were rebellious in their counsel, and were brought low by their iniquity.
44 Nevertheless he regarded their affliction, when he heard their cry:
45 And he remembered for their sake his covenant, and repented according to the abundance of his lovingkindness.
46 He made them also to be pitied of all those that carried them captives.
47 Save us, O LORD our God, and gather us from among the nations, to give thanks unto thy holy name, and to glory in thy praise.
48 Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting: and let all the people say, Amen. Praise ye the LORD.