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12. Then believed they his words, they sang his praise.
13. But within a while they forgat his works, and waited not for his counsel: .
14. But lusted exceedingly in the wilderness, and tempted God in the defart.
15. And he gave them their desire, but sent loathing into their soul.
16. They envied Mofes also in the camp, and Aaron the saint of the Lord.
17. So the earth opened and swallowed up Dathan, and closed upon the company of Abiram.
18. And a fire was kindled in their company, the Aame burnt up the wicked.
19. They made a calf in Horeb, and worshipped the molten image. .
20. Thus they turned their glory into the fimilitude of an ox eating grass.
21. They forgat God their Saviour, who had done so great things in Egypt:
22. Wondrous works in the land of Ham; fearful things in 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, left he should destroy.
24. Yea, they despised the pleasant land; and gave no credence to 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 cast them down in the wilderness:
27. To overthrow their seed also among the na-' tions, and to scatter them in the lands.
28. They joined hands also in honour of Baalpeor, and eat the offerings of the dead.
29. Thus they provoked him to anger with their inventions, and the plague brake in upon them.
30. Then Phinehas stood up and executed judgment, and the plague was stayed. - 31. And that was counted to him for righteous-. ness, among all posterities for evermore.
32. They angered him also at the water of Meribah, so that it went ill with Moses for their fakes.
33. Because they provoked his fpirit, 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. Insomuch that they worshipped their idols, which were unto them a snare.
37. Yea, they facrificed their fons and their daughters unto evil powers;
38. And shed innocent blood, even the blood of their sons and of their daughters, whom they facris
ficed unto the idols of Canaan : and the land was polluted with blood.
39. Thus were they stained 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 over into the hands of the heathen ;, and they that hated them, were lords over them.
42. Their enemies also oppressed them, and they were brought into subjection under their hand.
43. Many a time 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 complaint.
45. He remembered also for them his covenant ; and repented according to the multitude of þis mercies.
46. Yea, he made all those that led them away captive to pity them. .. 47. Deliver us, O Lord our God, and gather us - from among the heathen, that we may give thanks unto thy holy name, and make our boast 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.
The Psalmist bere sets forth the praises of divine Pro
vidence which extends itself to all mankind; and which he illustrates by instances of God's merciful protection, ift. to exiles, 2. to prisoners, (in which he alludes particularly to the return from the Babylonish captivity), 3. to the sick, 4. to mariners, and 5. to countries and individuals.
1. O GIVE thanks unto the Lord, for he is gracious, and his mercy endureth for ever.
2. Thus let the redeemed of the Lord say, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy;
3. And gathered them out of the lands from the east and from the west, from the north and from the south.
4. They wandered in the wilderness in a solitary way; they found no city to dwell in.
5. Hungry were they and thirsty; their souls fainted in them.
6. Then they cried unto the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them out of their distress,
7. And he led them forth by the right way, that they might go to a city of habitation:
8. Oh, that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!
9. For to the hungry he hath given a fufficiency, and the famished he hath filled with good.
10. Those that fat in darknefs and in the shadow of death, fast bound in misery and iron;
11. Because they had rebelled against the words of God, and contemned the counsel of the Most High;
12. But he brought down their hearts with forrow; they fell down and there was none to help.
13. Then they cried unto the Lord in their trouble, and he faved them out of their distress.
14. He brought them out of darkness, and the fhadow of death, and brake their bonds in funder.
15. Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodnefs, and for his wonderful works to the children of men !
16. For he hath broken the gates of brass, and cut the bars of iron in funder.
17. The foolish because of their tranfgression, and because of their iniquities, are afflicted.
18. Their soul abhorreth all manner of food, and they draw near unto the gates of death.