1 The Lord praise, to the Lord give thanks^
Because that good is he:
Because his mercy doth endure
2 Who can the Lord's strong acts forth tell,
Or all his praise display?
3 Bless'd they that judgment keep, and who
Doth righteousness alway.
4 With favour of thy people, Lord,
Do thou remember me:
Me visit with thy saving health,
That com«s alone from thee,
5 To see thy chosen's good, and in
Thy nation's joy rejoice;
That I with thine inheritance
May lift a glorious voice.
6 As our forefathers did, so we
Have sinned wilfully:
We practic'd have iniquity,
And acted wickedly.
7 Our fathers learn'd not wonders thine
In Egypt, did not mind
Thy many mercies: but at sea,
Red sea, rebell'd unkind.
8 Nevertheless he saved them,
Ev'n for his own name's sake,
That thereby he, his mighty pow'r
Most manifest might make.
9 The red-sea he rebuk'd also,
And up the same was dry'd:
So them, as through the wilderness,
He through the sea did guide,
10 And from his hand that hated them
He freely did them save:
He from the en'mies hand likewise
To them redemption gave.
11 The waters overwhelm'd their foes;
Of them was left not one.
12 They did believe his word, they sang
His praises thereupon.
13 They, soon forgat his works, nor would
They for his counsel stay.
14 But much in wilderness did lust,
In desart God try'd they.
15 Then he their fruit them gave, but sent
Leanness their soul into.
16 They envy'd Moses in the camp,
Aaron God's saint also.
17 The open'd earth Dathan devour'd,
And hid Abiram's troop.
18 And fire was kindled in their rout,
Flame burnt the wicked up.
19 In Horeb made a molten calf
Ador'd the image base:
20 They chang'd their glory to be like
An ox that eateth grass.
21 They God forgot their saviour who
In Egypt did great acts.
22 Works wonders in the land of Ham,
By red-sea dreadful facts.
23 Then said he'd them destroy, but that
His chosen Moses then
Stood in the breach 'fore him to turn
His wrath from wasting them.
24 Yet they, despis'd the pleasant land,
Nor did believe his word:
25 But murmur'd in their tents, the voice:
They heard not of the Lord.
26 To make them fall in desart then
Against them lift his hand:
27 Nations among disperse their seed
And fan them in the land.
28 Then to Ba'1-Peer ihey join'd themselves
Eat off'ring of the dead.
29 Their works his wrath did thus provoke
The plague among them spread.
30 Then Phineas rose and judgment wro't
And so the plague did stay.
31 Which justice to him counted was
To age and age for aye.
32 At waters of contention
They angred him also,
So that with Moses for their sake
It very ill did go.
33 Because his spirit they provok'd
With's lips he spake in haste.
34 The nations, as the Lord them charg'd
They wholly did not waste.
35 But were among the heathen mix'd,
And learn'd their works to do.
32 And did their idols serve, which them
Become a snare unto.
37 Yea unto devils they their sons,
And daughters offered.
38 And guiltless blood, blood of their sons
And of their daughters shed.
Whom unto Cana's idols they
Gave up in sacrifice:
The land with blood abundantly
Polluted was likewife.
39 Thus with the works were they defii'd
Which they themselves had done;
And they did go a whoring with
Inventions of their own.
40 Then kindled was against his folk
The anger of the Lord,
So that he the inheritance,
Which was his own abhorr'd
41 So gave he them to heathen's handm
Their haters tjeir lords were.
42 Their foes oppressed them and made
Them their hard yoke to bear.
43 Oft he deliver'd them, but they
Provok'd him bitterly
With their own counsels, and grew low
Through their iniquity
44 Yet he regarded their distress
When he heard their complaint:
45 And he did to remembrance call
For them his covenant.
And in his many mercies did
46 Repent. And made them be
Pity'd of all who led them forth
47 Save us, O Lord our God, and us,
From heathen's gathering raise
To give thanks to thy holy name,
To triumph in thy praise.
41 The Lord the God of Israel,
From aye to aye blest be ;
And let all people say Amen,
O praise Jehovah ye.