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13 When they went from nation to nation,
From one kingdom to another people, 14 He suffered no man to injure them,
Yea, he rebuked kings for their sakes. 15 “Touch not," said he, "mine anointed, “ And do
my prophets no harm !”
16 Again when he commanded a famine in the land,
And brake the whole staff of bread, 17 He sent a man before them ;
Joseph was sold as a slave. 18 His feet they hurt with fetters;
He was laid in irons. 19 Until his prediction came to pass,
And the word of the Lord proved him. 20 Then the king sent and loosed him;
The ruler of nations set him free ; 21 He made him governor of his house,
And lord of all his possessions; 22 To bind his princes at his pleasure,
And teach his counsellors wisdom.
23 Israel also came into Egypt ;
Jacob sojourned in the land of Ham; 24 Where God multiplied his people greatly,
And made them stronger than their enemies. 25 He turned their hearts to hate his people,
And form devices against his servants. 26 Then sent he Moses his servant,
And Aaron, whom he had chosen. 27 They showed his signs among them,
And his wonders in the land of Ham. 28 He sent darkness upon them, and made it dark ;
And they did not disobey his word.
29 He turned their waters into blood,
And slew their fish. 30 Their land brought forth frogs in abundance,
Even in the chambers of their kings. 31 He spake, and there came flies,
And lice in all their coasts. 32 Instead of rain he gave them hail,
And flaming fire in their land. 33 He smote also their vines and fig-trees,
And brake the trees of their coasts. 34 He spake, and the locusts came,
And caterpillars without number, 35 Which ate up all the herbage in their land,
And devoured the fruits of their fields. 36 Then he smote all the first-born in their land;
The first fruits of all their strength. 37 He led forth his people with silver and gold ;
Nor was there one feeble person in all their tribes. 38 Egypt was glad when they departed,'
For their terror had fallen upon them.
39 He spread out a cloud for a covering,
And fire to give light by night. 40 They asked, and he brought quails,
And satisfied them with the bread of heaven. 41 He opened the rock, and the waters gushed forth,
And ran in the dry places like a river. 42 For he remembered his holy promise,
Which he had made to Abraham his servant ; 43 And he led forth his people with joy,
And his chosen with gladness. 44 He gave to them the lands of the nations,
And they inherited the labor of the Gentiles.
45 That they might observe his statutes,
And obey his laws.
Praise ye the Lord ! V. 19. And the word of the Lord, i. e. the prediction, which Joseph uttered.
Commemoration of the national sins of the Jews throughout their history,
and of God's mercies to them. This is evidently a psalm of the captivity. See vv. 46, 47.
1 PRAISE ye the Lord !
O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good ;
For his mercy endureth for ever! 2 Who can utter the mighty deeds of Jehovah ?
Who can show forth all his praise ? 3 Happy are they who regard justice;
Who practise righteousness at all times !
4 Remember me, O Lord, with the favor promised to
That I may rejoice in the joy of thy people ;
6 We have sinned with our fathers;
We have committed iniquity; we have done wickedly. 7 Our fathers in Egypt did not regard thy wonders ;
They remembered not thy numerous benefits ;
But rebelled at the sea, the Red sea. 8 Yet he saved them for his own name's sake, That he might make known his mighty power.
9 He rebuked the Red sea, and it was dried up,
And he led them through the deep as through a desert. 10 He saved them from the hand of him that hated them,
And delivered them from the hand of the enemy. 11 The waters covered their enemies ;
There was not one of them left. 12 Then believed they his words,
And sang his praise. 13 But they soon forgot his deeds,
And waited not for his counsel. 14 They gave way to appetite in the wilderness,
And tempted God in the desert; 15 And he gave them their request,
But sent upon them a plague.
16 They also envied Moses in the camp,
And Aaron, the holy one of Jehovah. 17 Then the earth opened, and swallowed up Dathan,
And covered the company of Abiram, 18 And a fire was kindled in their company;
The flames burned up the wicked.
19 They made a calf in Horeb,
And worshipped a molten image; 20 They changed their God of glory
Into the image of a grass-eating ox. 21 They forgot God, their saviour,
Who had done such great things in Egypt, 22 Such wonders in the land of Ham ;
Such terrible things by the Red sea. 23 Then he thought of destroying them; Had not Moses his chosen stood before him in the
breach, To turn away his wrath, that he might not destroy
24 They also despised the pleasant land,
And believed not his word ; 25 But murmured in their tents,
And would not listen to the voice of Jehovah. 26 Then he lifted up his hand against them, And swore that he would make them fall in the wil
derness ; 27 That he would disperse their descendants among
the nations, And scatter them in the lands.
They also devoted themselves to the worship of
Baal-peor, And ate sacrifices offered to lifeless idols. 29 Thus they provoked his anger by their practices,
And a plague broke in upon them. 30 Then stood up Phinehas, and avenged the crime,
And the plague was stayed. 31 And this was counted to him for righteousness,
To all generations for ever.
They provoked him also at the waters of Meribah, And Moses suffered on their account. 33 For they irritated his spirit,
So that he spake inconsiderately with his lips.
34 They did not destroy the nations,
As Jehovah had commanded them. 35 They mingled themselves with the heathen,
And learned their practices. 36 They even worshipped their idols,
And thus they became to them a snare. 37 Their sons and their daughters they sacrificed to de