The LORD's Wonders in Behalf of Israel

1051 O give praise to the Lord; give honour to his name, talking of his doings among the peoples. 2 Let your voice be sounding in songs and melody; let all your thoughts be of the wonder of his works. 3 Have glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who are searching after the Lord be glad. 4 Let your search be for the Lord and for his strength; let your hearts ever be turned to him. 5 Keep in mind the great works which he has done; his wonders, and the decisions of his mouth; 6 O you seed of Abraham, his servant, you children of Jacob, his loved ones. 7 He is the Lord our God: he is judge of all the earth.

8 He has kept his agreement in mind for ever, the word which he gave for a thousand generations; 9 The agreement which he made with Abraham, and his oath to Isaac; 10 And he gave it to Jacob for a law, and to Israel for an eternal agreement; 11 Saying, To you will I give the land of Canaan, the measured line of your heritage: 12 When they were still small in number, and strange in the land; 13 When they went about from one nation to another, and from one kingdom to another people. 14 He would not let anyone do them wrong; he even kept back kings because of them, 15 Saying, Put not your hand on those who have been marked with my holy oil, and do my prophets no wrong. 16 And he took away all food from the land, so that the people were without bread. 17 He sent a man before them, even Joseph, who was given as a servant for a price: 18 His feet were fixed in chains; his neck was put in iron bands; 19 Till the time when his word came true; he was tested by the word of the Lord. 20 The king sent men to take off his chains; even the ruler of the people, who let him go free. 21 He made him lord of his house, and ruler over everything he had; 22 To give his chiefs teaching at his pleasure, and so that his law-givers might get wisdom from him. 23 Then Israel came into Egypt, and Jacob was living in the land of Ham. 24 And his people were greatly increased, and became stronger than those who were against them.

25 Their hearts were turned to hate against his people, so that they made secret designs against them. 26 He sent Moses, his servant, and Aaron, the man of his selection. 27 He let his signs be seen among the people, and his wonders in the land of Ham. 28 He sent black night and made it dark; and they did not go against his word. 29 At his word their waters were turned to blood, and he sent death on all their fish. 30 Their land was full of frogs, even in the rooms of the king. 31 He gave the word, and there came the dog-fly, and insects over all the land. 32 He gave them ice for rain, and flaming fire in their land. 33 He gave their vines and their fig-trees to destruction, and the trees of their land were broken down. 34 At his word the locusts came, and young locusts more than might be numbered, 35 And put an end to all the plants of their land, taking all the fruit of the earth for food. 36 He put to death the first child of every family in the land, the first-fruits of their strength. 37 He took his people out with silver and gold: there was not one feeble person among them. 38 Egypt was glad when they went; for the fear of them had come down on them. 39 A cloud was stretched over them for a cover; and he sent fire to give light in the night. 40 At the people's request he sent birds, and gave them the bread of heaven for food. 41 His hand made the rock open, and the waters came streaming out; they went down through the dry places like a river. 42 For he kept in mind his holy word, and Abraham, his servant. 43 And he took his people out with joy, the men of his selection with glad cries: 44 And gave them the lands of the nations; and they took the work of the peoples for a heritage; 45 So that they might keep his orders, and be true to his laws. Give praise to the Lord.

The Rebelliousness of Israel

1061 Let the Lord be praised. O give praise to the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy is unchanging for ever. 2 Who is able to give an account of the great acts of the Lord, or to make clear all his praise? 3 Happy are they whose decisions are upright, and he who does righteousness at all times. 4 Keep me in mind, O Lord, when you are good to your people; O let your salvation come to me; 5 So that I may see the well-being of the people of your selection, and have a part in the joy of your nation, and take pride in your heritage.

6 We are sinners like our fathers, we have done wrong, our acts are evil. 7 Our fathers did not give thought to your wonders in Egypt; they did not keep in memory the great number of your mercies, but gave you cause for wrath at the sea, even at the Red Sea. 8 But he was their saviour because of his name, so that men might see his great power. 9 By his word the Red Sea was made dry: and he took them through the deep waters as through the waste land. 10 And he took them safely out of the hands of their haters, and kept them from the attacks of those who were against them. 11 And the waters went over their haters; all of them came to an end. 12 Then they had faith in his words; they gave him songs of praise.

13 But their memory of his works was short; not waiting to be guided by him, 14 They gave way to their evil desires in the waste land, and put God to the test in the dry places. 15 And he gave them their request, but sent a wasting disease into their souls. 16 They were full of envy against Moses among the tents, and against Aaron, the holy one of the Lord. 17 The earth opening put an end to Dathan, covering up Abiram and his band. 18 And a fire was lighted among their tents; the sinners were burned up by the flames. 19 They made a young ox in Horeb, and gave worship to an image of gold. 20 And their glory was changed into the image of an ox, whose food is grass. 21 They had no memory of God their saviour, who had done great things in Egypt; 22 Works of wonder in the land of Ham, and things of fear by the Red Sea. 23 And he was purposing to put an end to them if Moses, his special servant, had not gone up before him, between him and his people, turning back his wrath, to keep them from destruction. 24 They were disgusted with the good land; they had no belief in his word; 25 Talking against him secretly in their tents, they did not give ear to the voice of the Lord. 26 So he made an oath against them, to put an end to them in the waste land: 27 That their children might be mixed among the nations, and sent away into other lands. 28 And they were joined to Baal-peor, and took part in the offerings to the dead. 29 So they made him angry by their behaviour; and he sent disease on them. 30 Then Phinehas got up, and made prayer for them; and the disease went no farther. 31 And all the generations coming after him kept the memory of his righteousness for ever. 32 They made God angry again at the waters of Meribah, so that Moses was troubled because of them; 33 For they made his spirit bitter, and he said unwise things.

34 They did not put an end to the peoples, as the Lord had said; 35 But they were joined to the nations, learning their works. 36 And they gave worship to images; which were a danger to them: 37 They even made offerings of their sons and their daughters to evil spirits, 38 And gave the blood of their sons and their daughters who had done no wrong, offering them to the images of Canaan; and the land was made unclean with blood. 39 So they became unclean through their works, going after their evil desires. 40 Then the wrath of the Lord was burning against his people, and he was angry with his heritage. 41 And he gave them into the hands of the nations; and they were ruled by their haters. 42 By them they were crushed, and made low under their hands. 43 Again and again he made them free; but their hearts were turned against his purpose, and they were overcome by their sins. 44 But when their cry came to his ears, he had pity on their trouble: 45 And kept in mind his agreement with them, and in his great mercy gave them forgiveness. 46 He put pity into the hearts of those who made them prisoners. 47 Be our saviour, O Lord our God, and let us come back together from among the nations, so that we may give honour to your holy name, and have glory in your praise. 48 Praise be to the Lord God of Israel for ever and for ever; and let all the people say, So be it. Give praise to the Lord.

Laborers Together with God

31 And the teaching I gave you, my brothers, was such as I was able to give, not to those who have the Spirit, but to those who are still in the flesh, even to children in Christ. 2 I gave you milk and not meat, because you were, then, unable to take it, and even now you are not able; 3 Because you are still in the flesh: for when there is envy and division among you, are you not still walking after the way of the flesh, even as natural men? 4 For when one says, I am of Paul; and another says, I am of Apollos; are you not talking like natural men?

5 What then is Apollos? and what is Paul? They are but servants who gave you the good news as God gave it to them. 6 I did the planting, Apollos did the watering, but God gave the increase. 7 So then the planter is nothing, and the waterer is nothing; but God who gives the increase. 8 Now the planter and the waterer are working for the same end: but they will have their separate rewards in the measure of their work. 9 For we are workers with God: you are God's planting, God's building. 10 In the measure of the grace given to me, I, as a wise master-builder, have put the base in position, and another goes on building on it. But let every man take care what he puts on it.

11 For there is no other base for the building but that which has been put down, which is Jesus Christ. 12 But on the base a man may put gold, silver, stones of great price, wood, dry grass, cut stems; 13 Every man's work will be made clear in that day, because it will be tested by fire; and the fire itself will make clear the quality of every man's work. 14 If any man's work comes through the test, he will have a reward. 15 If the fire puts an end to any man's work, it will be his loss: but he will get salvation himself, though as by fire.

16 Do you not see that you are God's holy house, and that the Spirit of God has his place in you? 17 If anyone makes the house of God unclean, God will put an end to him; for the house of God is holy, and you are his house.

18 Let no man have a false idea. If any man seems to himself to be wise among you, let him become foolish, so that he may be wise. 19 For the wisdom of this world is foolish before God. As it is said in the holy Writings, He who takes the wise in their secret designs: 20 And again, The Lord has knowledge of the reasonings of the wise, that they are nothing.

21 So let no one take pride in men. For all things are yours; 22 Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come; all are yours; 23 And you are Christ's; and Christ is God's.