December 09, 2002 Copyright © by United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
- 1 Give thanks to the LORD, invoke his name; make known among the peoples his deeds!
- Sing praise, play music; proclaim all his wondrous deeds!
- Glory in his holy name; rejoice, O hearts that seek the LORD!
- Rely on the mighty LORD; constantly seek his face.
- Recall the wondrous deeds he has done, his signs and his words of judgment,
- You descendants of Abraham his servant, offspring of Jacob the chosen one!
- The LORD is our God who rules the whole earth.
- He remembers forever his covenant, the pact imposed for a thousand generations,
- Which was made with Abraham, confirmed by oath to Isaac,
- And ratified as binding for Jacob, an everlasting covenant for Israel:
- "To you I give the land of Canaan, your own allotted heritage."
- When they were few in number, a handful, and strangers there,
- Wandering from nation to nation, from one kingdom to another,
- 2 He let no one oppress them; for their sake he rebuked kings:
- " 3 Do not touch my anointed, to my prophets do no harm."
- Then he called down a famine on the land, destroyed the grain that sustained them.
- He had sent a man ahead of them, Joseph, sold as a slave.
- They shackled his feet with chains; collared his neck in iron,
- Till his prediction came to pass, and the word of the LORD proved him true.
- The king sent and released him; the ruler of peoples set him free.
- He made him lord over his palace, ruler over all his possessions,
- To instruct his princes by his word, to teach his elders wisdom.
- 4 Then Israel entered Egypt; Jacob lived in the land of Ham.
- God greatly increased his people, made them too many for their foes.
- He turned their hearts to hate his people, to treat his servants unfairly.
- He sent his servant Moses, Aaron whom he had chosen.
- 5 They worked his signs in Egypt and wonders in the land of Ham.
- He sent darkness and it grew dark, but they rebelled against his word.
- He turned their waters into blood and killed all their fish.
- Their land swarmed with frogs, even the chambers of their kings.
- He spoke and there came swarms of flies, gnats through all their country.
- For rain he gave them hail, flashes of lightning throughout their land.
- He struck down their vines and fig trees, shattered the trees of their country.
- He spoke and the locusts came, grass hoppers without number.
- They devoured every plant in the land; they ravaged the crops of their fields.
- He struck down every firstborn in the land, the first fruits of all their vigor.
- He brought his people out, laden with silver and gold; no stragglers among the tribes.
- Egypt rejoiced when they left, for panic had seized them.
- He spread a cloud as a cover, and made a fire to light up the night.
- They asked and he brought them quail; with bread from heaven he filled them.
- He split the rock and water gushed forth; it flowed through the desert like a river.
- For he remembered his sacred word to Abraham his servant.
- He brought his people out with joy, his chosen ones with shouts of triumph.
- He gave them the lands of the nations, the wealth of the peoples to own,
- That they might keep his laws and observe his teachings. Hallelujah!
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1 [Psalm 105] A hymn to God who promised the land of Canaan to the holy people. Cf Psalm 78; 106; 136. Israel is invited to praise and seek the presence of God (Psalm 105:1-6), who is faithful to the promise of land to the ancestors (Psalm 105:7-11). In every phase of the national story--the ancestors in the land of Canaan (Psalm 105:12-15), Joseph in Egypt (Psalm 105:16-22), Israel in Egypt (Psalm 105:23-38), Israel in the desert on the way to Canaan (Psalm 105:39-45)--God remained faithful, reiterating the promise of the land to successive servants.
2  Kings: Pharaoh and Abimelech of Gerar. Cf Genesis 12:17; 20:6-7.
3  My anointed . . . my prophets: the patriarchs Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, who were "anointed" in the sense of being consecrated and recipients of God's revelation.
4 [23,27] The land of Ham: a synonym for Egypt. Cf Genesis 10:6.
5 [27-38] This psalm and Psalm 78:43-51 have an account of the plagues differing in number or in order from Exodus 7:14-12:30. Several versions of the exodus story were current.
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