Psalms 105

Psalm 1051

105:1 Give thanks to the Lord!

Call on his name!

Make known his accomplishments among the nations!

105:2 Sing to him!

Make music to him!

Tell about all his miraculous deeds!

105:3 Boast about his holy name!

Let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice!

105:4 Seek the Lord and the strength he gives!

Seek his presence continually!

105:5 Recall the miraculous deeds he performed,

his mighty acts and the judgments he decreed,2

105:6 O children3 of Abraham,4 God’s5 servant,

you descendants6 of Jacob, God’s7 chosen ones!

105:7 He is the Lord our God;

he carries out judgment throughout the earth.8

105:8 He always remembers his covenantal decree,

the promise he made9 to a thousand generations –

105:9 the promise10 he made to Abraham,

the promise he made by oath to Isaac!

105:10 He gave it to Jacob as a decree,

to Israel as a lasting promise,11

105:11 saying, “To you I will give the land of Canaan

as the portion of your inheritance.”

105:12 When they were few in number,

just a very few, and resident aliens within it,

105:13 they wandered from nation to nation,

and from one kingdom to another.12

105:14 He let no one oppress them;

he disciplined kings for their sake,

105:15 saying,13“Don’t touch my chosen14 ones!

Don’t harm my prophets!”

105:16 He called down a famine upon the earth;

he cut off all the food supply.15

105:17 He sent a man ahead of them16

Joseph was sold as a servant.

105:18 The shackles hurt his feet;17

his neck was placed in an iron collar,18

105:19 until the time when his prediction19 came true.

The Lord’s word20 proved him right.21

105:20 The king authorized his release;22

the ruler of nations set him free.

105:21 He put him in charge of his palace,23

and made him manager of all his property,

105:22 giving him authority to imprison his officials24

and to teach his advisers.25

105:23 Israel moved to26 Egypt;

Jacob lived for a time27 in the land of Ham.

105:24 The Lord28 made his people very fruitful,

and made them29 more numerous than their30 enemies.

105:25 He caused them31 to hate his people,

and to mistreat32 his servants.

105:26 He sent his servant Moses,

and Aaron, whom he had chosen.

105:27 They executed his miraculous signs among them,33

and his amazing deeds in the land of Ham.

105:28 He made it dark;34

they did not disobey his orders.35

105:29 He turned their water into blood,

and killed their fish.

105:30 Their land was overrun by frogs,

which even got into the rooms of their kings.

105:31 He ordered flies to come;36

gnats invaded their whole territory.

105:32 He sent hail along with the rain;37

there was lightning in their land.38

105:33 He destroyed their vines and fig trees,

and broke the trees throughout their territory.

105:34 He ordered locusts to come,39

innumerable grasshoppers.

105:35 They ate all the vegetation in their land,

and devoured the crops of their fields.40

105:36 He struck down all the firstborn in their land,

the firstfruits of their reproductive power.41

105:37 He brought his people42 out enriched43 with silver and gold;

none of his tribes stumbled.

105:38 Egypt was happy when they left,

for they were afraid of them.44

105:39 He spread out a cloud for a cover,45

and provided a fire to light up the night.

105:40 They asked for food,46 and he sent quails;

he satisfied them with food from the sky.47

105:41 He opened up a rock and water flowed out;

a river ran through dry regions.

105:42 Yes,48 he remembered the sacred promise49

he made to Abraham his servant.

105:43 When he led his people out, they rejoiced;

his chosen ones shouted with joy.50

105:44 He handed the territory of nations over to them,

and they took possession of what other peoples had produced,51

105:45 so that they might keep his commands

and obey52 his laws.

Praise the Lord!

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