Give Thanks to the Lord, for He is Good
(1 Chronicles 16:7-36; Psalm 95:1-11; Psalm 105:1-45)
1Alleluia. Give glory to the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.
2Who shall declare the powers of the Lord? who shall set forth all his praises?
3Blessed are they that keep judgment, and do justice at all times.
4Remember us, O Lord, in the favour of thy people: visit us with thy salvation.
5That we may see the good of thy chosen, that we may rejoice in the joy of thy nation: that thou mayst be praised with thy inheritance.
6We have sinned with our fathers: we have acted unjustly, we have wrought iniquity.
7Our fathers understood not thy wonders in Egypt: they remembered not the multitude of thy mercies: And they provoked to wrath going up to the sea, even the Red Sea.
8And he saved them for his own name's sake: that he might make his power known.
9And he rebuked the Red Sea, and it was dried up: and he led them through the depths, as in a wilderness.
10And he saved them from the hand of them that hated them: and he redeemed them from the hand of the enemy.
11And the water covered them that afflicted them: there was not one of them left.
12And they believed his words: and they sang his praises.
13They had quickly done, they forgot his works: and they waited not for his counsels.
14And they coveted their desire in the desert: and they tempted God in the place without water.
15And he gave them their request: and sent fulness into their souls.
16And they provoked Moses in the camp, Aaron the holy one of the Lord.
17The earth opened and swallowed up Dathan: and covered the congregation of Abiron.
18And a fire was kindled in their congregation: the flame burned the wicked.
19They made also a calf in Horeb: and they adored the graven thing.
20And they changed their glory into the likeness of a calf that eateth grass.
21They forgot God, who saved them, who had done great things in Egypt,
22wondrous works in the land of Cham: terrible things in the Red Sea.
23And 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.
24And they set at nought the desirable land. They believed not his word,
25and they murmured in their tents: they hearkened not to the voice of the Lord.
26And he lifted up his hand over them: to overthrow them in the desert;
27And to cast down their seed among the nations, and to scatter them in the countries.
28They also were initiated to Beelphegor: and ate the sacrifices of the dead.
29And they provoked him with their inventions: and destruction was multiplied among them.
30Then Phinees stood up, and pacified him: and the slaughter ceased.
31And it was reputed to him unto justice, to generation and generation for evermore.
32They provoked him also at the waters of contradiction: and Moses was afflicted for their sakes:
33because they exasperated his spirit. And he distinguished with his lips.
34They did not destroy the nations of which the Lord spoke unto them.
35And they were mingled among the heathens, and learned their works:
36and served their idols, and it became a stumblingblock to them.
37And they sacrificed their sons, and their daughters to devils.
38And they shed innocent blood: the blood of their sons and of their daughters which they sacrificed to the idols of Chanaan. And the land was polluted with blood,
39and was defiled with their works: and they went aside after their own inventions.
40And the Lord was exceedingly angry with his people: and he abhorred his inheritance.
41And he delivered them into the hands of the nations: and they that hated them had dominion over them.
42And their enemies afflicted them: and they were humbled under their hands:
43many times did he deliver them. But they provoked him with their counsel: and they were brought low by their iniquities.
44And he saw when they were in tribulation: and he heard their prayer.
45And he was mindful of his covenant: and repented according to the multitude of his mercies.
46And he gave them unto mercies, in the sight of all those that had made them captives.
47Save us, O Lord, our God: and gather us from among nations: That we may give thanks to thy holy name, and may glory in thy praise.
48Blessed be the Lord the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting: and let all the people say: So be it, so be it.