1Al eluia! Give thanks to Yahweh, for he is good, his faithful love is everlasting! 2Who can recount al Yahweh's triumphs, who can ful y voice his praise? 3How blessed are those who keep to what is just, whose conduct is always upright! 4Remember me, Yahweh, in your love for your people. Come near to me with your saving power, 5let me share the happiness of your chosen ones, let me share the joy of your people, the pride ofyour heritage. 6Like our ancestors, we have sinned, we have acted wickedly, guiltily; 7our ancestors in Egypt never grasped the meaning of your wonders. They did not bear in mind yourcountless acts of love, at the Sea of Reeds they defied the Most High; 8but for the sake of his name he saved them, to make known his mighty power. 9At his rebuke the Sea of Reeds dried up, he let them pass through the deep as though it were desert, 10so he saved them from their opponents' clutches, rescued them from the clutches of their enemies. 11The waters enveloped their enemies, not one of whom was left. 12Then they believed what he had said, and sang his praises. 13But they soon forgot his achievements, they did not even wait for his plans; 14they were overwhelmed with greed in the wastelands, in the solitary wastes they challenged God. 15He gave them al they asked for, but struck them with a deep wasting sickness; 16in the camp they grew jealous of Moses, and of Aaron, Yahweh's holy one. 17The earth opened and swal owed up Dathan, closed in on Abiram's faction; 18fire flamed out against their faction, the renegades were engulfed in flames. 19At Horeb they made a calf, bowed low before cast metal; 20they exchanged their glory for the image of a grass-eating bull. 21They forgot the God who was saving them, who had done great deeds in Egypt, 22such wonders in the land of Ham, such awesome deeds at the Sea of Reeds. 23He thought of putting an end to them, had not Moses, his chosen one, taken a stand in the breachand confronted him, to turn his anger away from destroying them. 24They counted a desirable land for nothing, they put no trust in his promise; 25they stayed in their tents and grumbled, they would not listen to Yahweh's voice. 26So he lifted his hand against them, to strike them down in the desert, 27to strike down their descendants among the nations, to scatter them al over the world. 28They committed themselves to serve Baal-Peor, and ate sacrifices made to lifeless gods. 29They so provoked him by their actions that a plague broke out among them. 30Then up stood Phinehas to intervene, and the plague was checked; 31for this he is the example of uprightness, from age to age for ever. 32At the waters of Meribah they so angered Yahweh, that Moses suffered on their account, 33for they had embittered his spirit, and he spoke without due thought. 34They did not destroy the nations, as Yahweh had told them to do, 35but intermarried with them, and adopted their ways. 36They worshipped those nations' false gods, til they found themselves entrapped, 37and sacrificed their own sons and their daughters to demons. 38Innocent blood they shed, the blood of their sons and daughters; offering them to the idols ofCanaan, they pol uted the country with blood. 39They defiled themselves by such actions, their behaviour was that of a harlot. 40Yahweh's anger blazed out at his people, his own heritage fil ed him with disgust. 41He handed them over to the nations, and their opponents became their masters; 42their enemies lorded it over them, crushing them under their rule. 43Time and again he rescued them, but they stil defied him deliberately, and sank ever deeper in theirguilt; 44even so he took pity on their distress, as soon as he heard them cry out. 45Bearing his covenant with them in mind, he relented in his boundless and faithful love; 46he ensured that they received compassion, in their treatment by al their captors. 47Save us, Yahweh our God, gather us from among the nations, that we may give thanks to your holyname, and may glory in praising you. 48Blessed be Yahweh, the God of Israel, from all eternity and for ever! Let all the people say, 'Amen'.
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