^1Give praise and thanks unto the Lord,
for bountiful is he;
His tender mercy doth endure
^2God's mighty works who can express?
or shew forth all his praise?
^3Blessed are they that judgment keep,
and justly do always.
^4Remember me, Lord, with that love
which thou to thine dost bear;
With thy salvation, O my God,
to visit me draw near:
^5That I thy chosen's good may see,
and in their joy rejoice;
And may with thine inheritance
triumph with cheerful voice.
^6We with our fathers sinned have,
and of iniquity
Too long we have the workers been;
we have done wickedly.
^7The wonders great, which thou, O Lord,
didst work in Egypt land,
Our fathers, though they saw, yet them
they did not understand:
And they thy mercies' multitude
kept not in memory;
But at the sea, ev'n the Red sea,
provok'd him grievously.
^8Nevertheless he saved them,
ev'n for his own name's sake;
That so he might to be well known
his mighty power make.
^9When he the Red sea did rebuke,
then dried up it was:
Through depths, as through the wilderness,
he safely made them pass.
^10From hands of those that hated them
he did his people save;
And from the en'my's cruel hand
to them redemption gave.
^11The waters overwhelm'd their foes;
not one was left alive.
^12Then they believ'd his word, and praise
to him in songs did give.
^13But soon did they his mighty works
And on his counsel and his will
did not wait patiently;
^14But much did lust in wilderness,
and God in desert tempt.
^15He gave them what they sought, but to
their soul he leanness sent.
^16And against Moses in the camp
their envy did appear;
At Aaron they, the saint of God,
envious also were.
^17Therefore the earth did open wide,
and Dathan did devour,
And all Abiram's company
did cover in that hour.
^18Likewise among their company
a fire was kindled then;
And so the hot consuming flame
burnt up these wicked men.
^19Upon the hill of Horeb they
an idol-calf did frame,
A molten image they did make,
and worshipped the same.
^20And thus their glory, and their God,
most vainly changed they
Into the likeness of an ox
that eateth grass or hay.
^21They did forget the mighty God,
that had their saviour been,
By whom such great things brought to pass
they had in Egypt seen.
^22In Ham's land he did wondrous works,
things terrible did he,
When he his mighty hand and arm
stretch'd out at the Red sea.
^23Then said he, He would them destroy,
had not, his wrath to stay,
His chosen Moses stood in breach,
that them he should not slay.
^24Yea, they despis'd the pleasant land,
believed not his word:
^25But in their tents they murmured,
not heark'ning to the Lord.
^26Therefore in desert them to slay
he lifted up his hand:
^27'Mong nations to o'erthrow their seed,
and scatter in each land.
^28They unto Baal-peor did
The sacrifices of the dead
they did profanely eat.
^29Thus, by their lewd inventions,
they did provoke his ire;
And then upon them suddenly
the plague brake in as fire.
^30Then Phin'has rose, and justice did,
and so the plague did cease;
^31That to all ages counted was
to him for righteousness.
^32And at the waters, where they strove,
they did him angry make,
In such sort, that it fared ill
with Moses for their sake:
^33Because they there his spirit meek
So that he utter'd with his lips
^34Nor, as the Lord commanded them,
did they the nations slay:
^35But with the heathen mingled were,
and learn'd of them their way.
^36And they their idols serv'd, which did
a snare unto them turn.
^37Their sons and daughters they to dev'ls
in sacrifice did burn.
^38In their own children's guiltless blood
their hands they did imbrue,
Whom to Canaan's idols they
for sacrifices slew:
So was the land defil'd with blood.
^39They stain'd with their own way,
And with their own inventions
a whoring they did stray.
^40Against his people kindled was
the wrath of God therefore,
Insomuch that he did his own
^41He gave them to the heathen's hand;
their foes did them command.
^42Their en'mies them oppress'd, they were
made subject to their hand.
^43He many times deliver'd them;
but with their counsel so
They him provok'd, that for their sin
they were brought very low.
^44Yet their affliction he beheld,
when he did hear their cry:
^45And he for them his covenant
did call to memory;
After his mercies' multitude
^46he did repent: And made
Them to be pity'd of all those
who did them captive lead.
^47O Lord our God, us save, and gather
the heathen from among,
That we thy holy name may praise
in a triumphant song.
^48Bless'd be Jehovah, Isr'el's God,
to all eternity:
Let all the people say, Amen.
Praise to the Lord give ye.