¶ Praise the everlasting.O give thanks unto the LORD, for he is gracious, and his mercy endureth for ever. Who can express the noble acts of the LORD, or shew forth all his praise? Blessed are they that alway keep judgment, and do righteousness. Remember us, O LORD, according to the favour that thou bearest unto thy people: O visit us with thy saving health. That we might see the pleasure of thy chosen, that we might rejoice in the gladness of thy people, and give thanks with thine inheritance.
¶ We have sinned with our fathers, we have done amiss, we have dealt wickedly. Our fathers regarded not thy wonders in Egypt, they kept not thy great goodness in remembrance: but were disobedient at the sea, even at the reed sea. Nevertheless, he helped them for his name's sake, that he might make his power to be known. He rebuked the reed sea, and it was dried up: so he led them thorow the deep as in a wilderness. Thus he saved them from the hand of the hater, and delivered them from the hand of the enemy. As for those that troubled them, the waters overwhelmed them, there was not one of them left. Then believed they in his word, and sang praise unto him.
¶ But within a while they forgot his works, and would not abide his counsel. A lust came upon them in the wilderness, so that they tempted God in the desert. Yet he gave them their desire, and sent them enough at their wiles. They angered Moses in the tents, and Aaron the saint of the LORD. So the earth opened and swallowed up Dathan, and covered the congregation of Abiram. The fire was kindled in their company, the flame brent up the ungodly. They made a calf in Horeb, and worshipped the molten image. Thus they turned their glory into the similitude of a calf, that eateth hay. They forgot God their Savior, which had done so great things in Egypt. Wondrous works in the land of Ham, and fearful things in the reed sea. So he said he would have destroyed them, had not Moses his chosen stood before him in that gap: to turn away his wrathful indignation, lest he should destroy them. Yea they thought scorn of that pleasant land, and gave no credence unto his word. But murmured in their tents, and hearkened not unto the voice of the LORD. Then lift he up his hand against them, to overthrow them in the wilderness. To cast out their seed among the nations, and to scatter them in the lands. They joined themselves unto Baal Peor, and ate the offering of the dead. Thus they provoked him unto anger with their own inventions, and the plague was great among them. Then stood up Phinehas, and executed justice, and so the plague ceased. And that was counted unto him for righteousness, among all posterities for evermore. They angered him also at the waters of strife, so that Moses was punished for their sakes. Because they provoked his spirit, and he told them plainly with his lips.
¶ Neither destroyed they the Heathen, as the LORD commanded them. But were mingled among the Heathen, and learned their works. In so much that they worshipped their images, which turned to their own decay. Yea they offered their sons and their daughters unto devils. And shed the innocent blood of their sons and of their daughters, whom they offered unto the images of Canaan, so that the land was defiled with blood. Thus were they stained with their own works, and went awhoring with their own inventions. Therefore was the wrath of the LORD kindled against his people, insomuch that he abhorred his own inheritance. And gave them over into the hand of the Heathen, and they that hated them, were lords over them. Their enemies oppressed them, and had them in subjection. Many a time did he deliver them, but they provoked him with their own inventions, and were brought down for their wickedness. Nevertheless when he saw their adversity, he heard their complaint. He thought upon his covenant, and pitied them, according unto the multitude of his mercies. Yea he made all those that had led them away captive, to pity them. Deliver us, O LORD our God, and gather us from among the Heathen: that we may give thanks unto thy holy name, and make our boast of thy praise. Blessed be the LORD God of Israel from everlasting and world without end, and let all people say: Amen, Amen. Praise the everlasting.