|O give thanks to the LORD, call on his name, |
make known his deeds among the peoples!
|BOOK 5. Psalm 105(v104)|
|Sing to him, sing praises to him, |
tell of all his wonderful works!
|Glory in his holy name; |
let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice!
|Seek the LORD and his strength, |
seek his presence continually!
|Remember the wonderful works that he has done, |
his miracles, and the judgments he uttered,
|O offspring of Abraham his servant, |
sons of Jacob, his chosen ones!
|He is the LORD our God; |
his judgments are in all the earth.
|He is mindful of his covenant for ever, |
of the word that he commanded,
for a thousand generations,
|the covenant which he made with Abraham, |
his sworn promise to Isaac,
|which he confirmed to Jacob as a statute, |
to Israel as an everlasting covenant,
|saying, "To you I will give the land of Canaan |
as your portion for an inheritance."
|When they were few in number, of little account, and sojourners in it,|
|wandering from nation to nation, |
from one kingdom to another people,
|he allowed no one to oppress them; |
he rebuked kings on their account,
|saying, "Touch not my anointed ones, |
do my prophets no harm!"
|When he summoned a famine on the land, |
and broke every staff of bread,
|he had sent a man ahead of them, |
Joseph, who was sold as a slave.
|His feet were hurt with fetters, |
his neck was put in a collar of iron;
|until what he had said came to pass |
the word of the LORD tested him.
|The king sent and released him, |
the ruler of the peoples set him free;
|he made him lord of his house, |
and ruler of all his possessions,
|to instruct his princes at his pleasure, |
and to teach his elders wisdom.
|Then Israel came to Egypt; |
Jacob sojourned in the land of Ham.
|And the LORD made his people very fruitful, |
and made them stronger than their foes.
|He turned their hearts to hate his people, |
to deal craftily with his servants.
|He sent Moses his servant, |
and Aaron whom he had chosen.
|They wrought his signs among them, |
and miracles in the land of Ham.
|He sent darkness, and made the land dark; |
they rebelled against his words.
|He turned their waters into blood, |
and caused their fish to die.
|Their land swarmed with frogs, |
even in the chambers of their kings.
|He spoke, and there came swarms of flies, |
and gnats throughout their country.
|He gave them hail for rain, |
and lightning that flashed through their land.
|He smote their vines and fig trees, |
and shattered the trees of their country.
|He spoke, and the locusts came, |
and young locusts without number;
|which devoured all the vegetation in their land, |
and ate up the fruit of their ground.
|He smote all the first-born in their land, |
the first issue of all their strength.
|Then he led forth Israel with silver and gold, |
and there was none among his tribes who stumbled.
|Egypt was glad when they departed, |
for dread of them had fallen upon it.
|He spread a cloud for a covering, |
and fire to give light by night.
|They asked, and he brought quails, |
and gave them bread from heaven in abundance.
|He opened the rock, and water gushed forth; |
it flowed through the desert like a river.
|For he remembered his holy promise, |
and Abraham his servant.
|So he led forth his people with joy, |
his chosen ones with singing.
|And he gave them the lands of the nations; |
and they took possession of the fruit of the peoples' toil,
|to the end that they should keep his statutes,|
and observe his laws.
Praise the Lord!
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