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PRAISE the Lord.
O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good;
for his mercy endures for ever.
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Who can utter the mighty acts of the LORD?
Who can show forth all his praise?
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Blessed are they that keep his judgments, and they that do righteousness at all times.
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Remember us, O LORD, with the favor that thou bearest to thy people;
O visit us with thy salvation,
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That we may see the good of thy chosen, that we may rejoice in thy joy, and be glorified with thine inheritance.
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¶ We have sinned with our fathers, we have committed iniquity, we have done wickedly.
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Our fathers understood not thy wonders in Egypt;
they remembered not the multitude of thy mercies;
but provoked him at the sea, even at the Red Sea.
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Nevertheless he saved them for his name’s sake, that he might make his mighty power to be known.
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He rebuked the Red Sea also, and it was dried up;
so he led them through the depths, as through the wilderness.
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And he saved them from the hand of the enemy and delivered them from the hand of the oppressor.
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And the waters covered their enemies;
there was not one of them left.
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Then believed they his words;
they sang his praise.
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¶ But they soon forgot God;
they trusted not in his counsel,
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But craved exceedingly in the wilderness, and tempted God in the desert.
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And he gave them their request;
and he supplied them with abundance.
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They plotted against Moses also in the camp, and Aaron the saint of the LORD.
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The earth opened and swallowed up Dathan, and covered the company of Abiram.
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And a fire was kindled in their company;
the flame burned up the wicked.
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They made a calf in Horeb, and worshipped the molten image.
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Thus they changed their Glorious One into the likeness of an ox that eats grass.
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They forgot God their Saviour, who had done great things in Egypt,
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Wondrous works in the land of Ham, and terrible things by the Red Sea.
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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.
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Yea, they despised the desired land, they believed not his word,
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But murmured in their tents, and hearkened not to the voice of the LORD.
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Therefore he lifted up his hand against them, to scatter them among the Gentiles,
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To scatter their descendants also among the nations, and to lose them in the lands.
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They worshipped also the idols of Baal-peor, and ate sacrifices offered for the dead.
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Thus they provoked him to anger with their acts;
they made him angry with their images, and the plague came upon them suddenly.
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Then Phinehas stood up and prayed, and so the plague was stopped.
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And that was counted to him for a victory to all generations for evermore.
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They angered him also at the waters of strife, so that it went ill with Moses for their sakes,
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Because they provoked his spirit, so that he spoke unadvisedly with his lips.
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¶ And they did not destroy the nations, concerning whom the LORD commanded them;
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But they were mingled among the Gentiles, and learned their works.
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And they served their idols, which were a snare to them.
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Yea, they sacrificed their sons and their daughters to demons,
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And shed innocent blood, even the blood of their sons and of their daughters, whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan;
and the land was polluted with blood.
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Thus were they defiled with their own works, and went awhoring with their own inventions.
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Therefore was the wrath of the LORD kindled against his people, insomuch that he abhorred his own inheritance.
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And he gave them into the hand of the Gentiles;
and they that hated them ruled over them.
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Their enemies also subdued them, and they were brought into subjection under their hand.
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Many times did he deliver them;
but they provoked him with their counsel, and were humbled for their iniquity.
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Nevertheless he regarded their affliction and heard their prayer.
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And he remembered his covenant, and pitied them, and led them according to the multitude of his mercies.
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He made them also to be pitied of all those that carried them captives.
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Save us, O LORD our God, and gather us from among the nations, that we may give thanks to thy holy name, and be glorified in thine inheritance.
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Blessed be the LORD God of Israel from everlasting to everlasting;
and let all the people say, Amen and Amen.
Praise the LORD.