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   The Book of Psalms.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
Book IV
Israel’s Rebelliousness and Jehovah’s Deliverances
[1]  PRAISE 1 ye Jehovah.
Oh give thanks unto Jehovah; for he is good;
For his lovingkindness endureth for ever.
[2]  Who can utter the mighty acts of Jehovah,
Or show forth all his praise?
[3]  Blessed are they that keep justice,
And he that doeth righteousness at all times.
[4]  Remember me, O Jehovah, with the favor that thou bearest unto thy people;
Oh visit me with thy salvation,
[5]  That I may see the prosperity of thy chosen,
That I may rejoice in the gladness of thy nation,
That I may glory with thine inheritance.
[6]  We have sinned with our fathers,
We have committed iniquity, we have done wickedly.
[7]  Our fathers understood not thy wonders in Egypt;
They remembered not the multitude of thy lovingkindnesses,
But were rebellious at the sea, even at the Red Sea.
[8]  Nevertheless he saved them for his name’s sake,
That he might make his mighty power to be known.
[9]  He rebuked the Red Sea also, and it was dried up:
So he led them through the depths, as through a wilderness. 2
[10]  And he saved them from the hand of him that hated them,
And redeemed them from the hand of the enemy.
[11]  And the waters covered their adversaries;
There was not one of them left.
[12]  Then believed they his words;
They sang his praise.
[13]  They soon forgat his works;
They waited not for his counsel,
[14]  But lusted exceedingly in the wilderness,
And tempted God in the desert.
[15]  And he gave them their request,
But sent leanness into their soul.
[16]  They envied Moses also in the camp,
And Aaron the saint 3 of Jehovah.
[17]  The earth opened and swallowed up Dathan,
And covered the company of Abiram.
[18]  And a fire was kindled in their company;
The flame burned up the wicked.
[19]  They made a calf in Horeb,
And worshipped a molten image.
[20]  Thus they changed their glory
For the likeness of an ox that eateth grass.
[21]  They forgat God their Saviour,
Who had done great things in Egypt,
[22]  Wondrous works in the land of Ham,
And terrible things by the Red Sea.
[23]  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.
[24]  Yea, they despised the pleasant land,
They believed not his word,
[25]  But murmured in their tents,
And hearkened not unto the voice of Jehovah.
[26]  Therefore he sware 4 unto them,
That he would overthrow 5 them in the wilderness,
[27]  And that he would overthrow their seed among the nations,
And scatter them in the lands.
[28]  They joined themselves also unto Baal-peor,
And ate the sacrifices of the dead.
[29]  Thus they provoked him to anger with their doings;
And the plague brake in upon them.
[30]  Then stood up Phinehas, and executed judgment;
And so the plague was stayed.
[31]  And that was reckoned unto him for righteousness,
Unto all generations for evermore.
[32]  They angered him also at the waters of Meribah, 6
So that it went ill with Moses for their sakes;
[33]  Because they were rebellious against his spirit,
And he spake unadvisedly with his lips.
[34]  They did not destroy the peoples,
As Jehovah commanded them,
[35]  But mingled themselves with the nations,
And learned their works,
[36]  And served their idols,
Which became a snare unto them.
[37]  Yea, they sacrificed their sons and their daughters unto demons,
And shed innocent blood,
[38]  Even the blood of their sons and of their daughters,
Whom they sacrificed unto the idols of Canaan;
And the land was polluted with blood.
[39]  Thus were they defiled with their works,
And played the harlot in their doings.
[40]  Therefore was the wrath of Jehovah kindled against his people,
And he abhorred his inheritance.
[41]  And he gave them into the hand of the nations;
And they that hated them ruled over them.
[42]  Their enemies also oppressed them,
And they were brought into subjection under their hand.
[43]  Many times did he deliver them;
But they were rebellious in their counsel,
And were brought low in their iniquity.
[44]  Nevertheless he regarded their distress,
When he heard their cry:
[45]  And he remembered for them his covenant,
And repented according to the multitude of his lovingkindnesses.
[46]  He made them also to be pitied
Of all those that carried them captive.
[47]  Save us, O Jehovah our God,
And gather us from among the nations,
To give thanks unto thy holy name,
And to triumph in thy praise.
[48]  Blessed be Jehovah, the God of Israel,
From everlasting even to everlasting.
And let all the people say, Amen.
Praise 7 ye Jehovah.
Note 1. Heb. Hallelujah. [back]
Note 2. Or, pasture-land. [back]
Note 3. Or, holy one. [back]
Note 4. Heb. lifted up his hand. [back]
Note 5. Heb. make them fall. [back]
Note 6. Or, strife. [back]
Note 7. Heb. Hallelujah. [back]


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