New English Translation
1 Praise the LORD! Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, and his loyal love endures!
2 Who can adequately recount the LORD's mighty acts, or relate all his praiseworthy deeds?
3 How blessed are those who promote justice, and do what is right all the time!
4 Remember me, O LORD, when you show favor to your people! Pay attention to me, when you deliver,
5 so I may see the prosperity of your chosen ones, rejoice along with your nation, and boast along with the people who belong to you.
6 We have sinned like our ancestors; we have done wrong, we have done evil.
7 Our ancestors in Egypt failed to appreciate your miraculous deeds, they failed to remember your many acts of loyal love, and they rebelled at the sea, by the Red Sea.
8 Yet he delivered them for the sake of his reputation, that he might reveal his power.
9 He shouted at the Red Sea and it dried up; he led them through the deep water as if it were a desert.
10 He delivered them from the power of the one who hated them, and rescued them from the power of the enemy.
11 The water covered their enemies; not even one of them survived.
12 They believed his promises; they sang praises to him.
13 They quickly forgot what he had done; they did not wait for his instructions.
14 In the wilderness they had an insatiable craving for meat; they challenged God in the desert.
15 He granted their request, then struck them with a disease.
16 In the camp they resented Moses, and Aaron, the LORD's holy priest.
17 The earth opened up and swallowed Dathan; it engulfed the group led by Abiram.
18 Fire burned their group; the flames scorched the wicked.
19 They made an image of a calf at Horeb, and worshiped a metal idol.
20 They traded their majestic God for the image of an ox that eats grass.
21 They rejected the God who delivered them, the one who performed great deeds in Egypt,
22 amazing feats in the land of Ham, mighty acts by the Red Sea.
23 He threatened to destroy them, but Moses, his chosen one, interceded with him and turned back his destructive anger.
24 They rejected the fruitful land; they did not believe his promise.
25 They grumbled in their tents; they did not obey the LORD.
26 So he made a solemn vow that he would make them die in the desert,
27 make their descendants die among the nations, and scatter them among foreign lands.
28 They worshiped Baal of Peor, and ate sacrifices offered to the dead.
29 They made the LORD angry by their actions, and a plague broke out among them.
30 Phinehas took a stand and intervened, and the plague subsided.
31 This brought him a reward, an eternal gift.
32 They made him angry by the waters of Meribah, and Moses suffered because of them,
33 for they aroused his temper, and he spoke rashly.
34 They did not destroy the nations, as the LORD had commanded them to do.
35 They mixed in with the nations and learned their ways.
36 They worshiped their idols, which became a snare to them.
37 They sacrificed their sons and daughters to demons.
38 They shed innocent blood - the blood of their sons and daughters, whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan. The land was polluted by bloodshed.
39 They were defiled by their deeds, and unfaithful in their actions.
40 So the LORD was angry with his people and despised the people who belong to him.
41 He handed them over to the nations, and those who hated them ruled over them.
42 Their enemies oppressed them; they were subject to their authority.
43 Many times he delivered them, but they had a rebellious attitude, and degraded themselves by their sin.
44 Yet he took notice of their distress, when he heard their cry for help.
45 He remembered his covenant with them, and relented because of his great loyal love.
46 He caused all their conquerors to have pity on them.
47 Deliver us, O LORD, our God! Gather us from among the nations! Then we will give thanks to your holy name, and boast about your praiseworthy deeds.
48 The LORD God of Israel deserves praise, in the future and forevermore. Let all the people say, "We agree! Praise the LORD!"
King James Version
1 Praise ye the LORD. O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.
2 Who can utter the mighty acts of the LORD? who can shew forth all his praise?
3 Blessed are they that keep judgment, and he that doeth righteousness at all times.
4 Remember me, O LORD, with the favour that thou bearest unto thy people: O visit me with thy salvation;
5 That I may see the good 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 mercies; but provoked him 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 the wilderness.
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 enemies: 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 of the LORD.
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 the molten image.
20 Thus they changed their glory into the similitude of an ox that eateth grass.
21 They forgat God their saviour, which 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 the LORD.
26 Therefore he lifted up his hand against them, to overthrow them in the wilderness:
27 To overthrow their seed also among the nations, and to 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 inventions: 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 counted unto him for righteousness unto all generations for evermore.
32 They angered him also at the waters of strife, so that it went ill with Moses for their sakes:
33 Because they provoked his spirit, so that he spake unadvisedly with his lips.
34 They did not destroy the nations, concerning whom the LORD commanded them:
35 But were mingled among the heathen, and learned their works.
36 And they served their idols: which were a snare unto them.
37 Yea, they sacrificed their sons and their daughters unto devils,
38 And shed innocent blood, 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 own works, and went a whoring with their own inventions.
40 Therefore was the wrath of the LORD kindled against his people, insomuch that he abhorred his own inheritance.
41 And he gave them into the hand of the heathen; 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 provoked him with their counsel, and were brought low for their iniquity.
44 Nevertheless he regarded their affliction, when he heard their cry:
45 And he remembered for them his covenant, and repented according to the multitude of his mercies.
46 He made them also to be pitied of all those that carried them captives.
47 Save us, O LORD our God, and gather us from among the heathen, to give thanks unto thy holy name, and to triumph in thy praise.
48 Blessed be the LORD God of Israel from everlasting to everlasting: and let all the people say, Amen. Praise ye the LORD.