1 Give praise to the Lord,(B) proclaim his name;(C) make known among the nations what he has done. 2 Sing to him,(D) sing praise to him;(E) tell of all his wonderful acts.(F) 3 Glory in his holy name;(G) let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice. 4 Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face(H) always.
5 Remember the wonders(I) he has done, his miracles, and the judgments he pronounced,(J) 6 you his servants, the descendants of Abraham,(K) his chosen(L) ones, the children of Jacob. 7 He is the Lord our God; his judgments are in all the earth.
8 He remembers his covenant(M) forever, the promise he made, for a thousand generations, 9 the covenant he made with Abraham,(N) the oath he swore to Isaac. 10 He confirmed it(O) to Jacob as a decree, to Israel as an everlasting covenant:(P) 11 “To you I will give the land of Canaan(Q) as the portion you will inherit.”(R)
12 When they were but few in number,(S) few indeed, and strangers in it,(T) 13 they wandered from nation to nation,(U) from one kingdom to another. 14 He allowed no one to oppress(V) them; for their sake he rebuked kings:(W) 15 “Do not touch(X) my anointed ones; do my prophets(Y) no harm.”
16 He called down famine(Z) on the land and destroyed all their supplies of food; 17 and he sent a man before them— Joseph, sold as a slave.(AA) 18 They bruised his feet with shackles,(AB) his neck was put in irons, 19 till what he foretold(AC) came to pass, till the word(AD) of the Lord proved him true. 20 The king sent and released him, the ruler of peoples set him free.(AE) 21 He made him master of his household, ruler over all he possessed, 22 to instruct his princes(AF) as he pleased and teach his elders wisdom.(AG)
23 Then Israel entered Egypt;(AH) Jacob resided(AI) as a foreigner in the land of Ham.(AJ) 24 The Lord made his people very fruitful; he made them too numerous(AK) for their foes, 25 whose hearts he turned(AL) to hate his people, to conspire(AM) against his servants. 26 He sent Moses(AN) his servant, and Aaron,(AO) whom he had chosen.(AP) 27 They performed(AQ) his signs(AR) among them, his wonders(AS) in the land of Ham. 28 He sent darkness(AT) and made the land dark— for had they not rebelled against(AU) his words? 29 He turned their waters into blood,(AV) causing their fish to die.(AW) 30 Their land teemed with frogs,(AX) which went up into the bedrooms of their rulers. 31 He spoke,(AY) and there came swarms of flies,(AZ) and gnats(BA) throughout their country. 32 He turned their rain into hail,(BB) with lightning throughout their land; 33 he struck down their vines(BC) and fig trees(BD) and shattered the trees of their country. 34 He spoke,(BE) and the locusts came,(BF) grasshoppers(BG) without number;(BH) 35 they ate up every green thing in their land, ate up the produce of their soil. 36 Then he struck down all the firstborn(BI) in their land, the firstfruits of all their manhood. 37 He brought out Israel, laden with silver and gold,(BJ) and from among their tribes no one faltered. 38 Egypt was glad when they left, because dread of Israel(BK) had fallen on them.
39 He spread out a cloud(BL) as a covering, and a fire to give light at night.(BM) 40 They asked,(BN) and he brought them quail;(BO) he fed them well with the bread of heaven.(BP) 41 He opened the rock,(BQ) and water gushed out; it flowed like a river in the desert.
42 For he remembered his holy promise(BR) given to his servant Abraham. 43 He brought out his people with rejoicing,(BS) his chosen ones with shouts of joy; 44 he gave them the lands of the nations,(BT) and they fell heir to what others had toiled(BU) for— 45 that they might keep his precepts and observe his laws.(BV)
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;(BZ) his love endures forever.(CA)
2 Who can proclaim the mighty acts(CB) of the Lord or fully declare his praise? 3 Blessed are those who act justly,(CC) who always do what is right.(CD)
4 Remember me,(CE)Lord, when you show favor(CF) to your people, come to my aid(CG) when you save them, 5 that I may enjoy the prosperity(CH) of your chosen ones,(CI) that I may share in the joy(CJ) of your nation and join your inheritance(CK) in giving praise.
6 We have sinned,(CL) even as our ancestors(CM) did; we have done wrong and acted wickedly.(CN) 7 When our ancestors were in Egypt, they gave no thought(CO) to your miracles; they did not remember(CP) your many kindnesses, and they rebelled by the sea,(CQ) the Red Sea.[c] 8 Yet he saved them(CR) for his name’s sake,(CS) to make his mighty power(CT) known. 9 He rebuked(CU) the Red Sea, and it dried up;(CV) he led them through(CW) the depths as through a desert. 10 He saved them(CX) from the hand of the foe;(CY) from the hand of the enemy he redeemed them.(CZ) 11 The waters covered(DA) their adversaries; not one of them survived. 12 Then they believed his promises and sang his praise.(DB)
13 But they soon forgot(DC) what he had done and did not wait for his plan to unfold.(DD) 14 In the desert(DE) they gave in to their craving; in the wilderness(DF) they put God to the test.(DG) 15 So he gave them(DH) what they asked for, but sent a wasting disease(DI) among them.
16 In the camp they grew envious(DJ) of Moses and of Aaron, who was consecrated to the Lord. 17 The earth opened(DK) up and swallowed Dathan;(DL) it buried the company of Abiram.(DM) 18 Fire blazed(DN) among their followers; a flame consumed the wicked. 19 At Horeb they made a calf(DO) and worshiped an idol cast from metal. 20 They exchanged their glorious God(DP) for an image of a bull, which eats grass. 21 They forgot the God(DQ) who saved them, who had done great things(DR) in Egypt, 22 miracles in the land of Ham(DS) and awesome deeds(DT) by the Red Sea. 23 So he said he would destroy(DU) them— had not Moses, his chosen one, stood in the breach(DV) before him to keep his wrath from destroying them.
24 Then they despised(DW) the pleasant land;(DX) they did not believe(DY) his promise. 25 They grumbled(DZ) in their tents and did not obey the Lord. 26 So he swore(EA) to them with uplifted hand that he would make them fall in the wilderness,(EB) 27 make their descendants fall among the nations and scatter(EC) them throughout the lands.
28 They yoked themselves to the Baal of Peor(ED) and ate sacrifices offered to lifeless gods; 29 they aroused the Lord’s anger(EE) by their wicked deeds,(EF) and a plague(EG) broke out among them. 30 But Phinehas(EH) stood up and intervened, and the plague was checked.(EI) 31 This was credited to him(EJ) as righteousness for endless generations(EK) to come. 32 By the waters of Meribah(EL) they angered the Lord, and trouble came to Moses because of them; 33 for they rebelled(EM) against the Spirit(EN) of God, and rash words came from Moses’ lips.[d](EO)
34 They did not destroy(EP) the peoples as the Lord had commanded(EQ) them, 35 but they mingled(ER) with the nations and adopted their customs. 36 They worshiped their idols,(ES) which became a snare(ET) to them. 37 They sacrificed their sons(EU) and their daughters to false gods.(EV) 38 They shed innocent blood, the blood of their sons(EW) and daughters, whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan, and the land was desecrated by their blood. 39 They defiled themselves(EX) by what they did; by their deeds they prostituted(EY) themselves.
40 Therefore the Lord was angry(EZ) with his people and abhorred his inheritance.(FA) 41 He gave them into the hands(FB) of the nations, and their foes ruled over them. 42 Their enemies oppressed(FC) them and subjected them to their power. 43 Many times he delivered them,(FD) but they were bent on rebellion(FE) and they wasted away in their sin. 44 Yet he took note of their distress when he heard their cry;(FF) 45 for their sake he remembered his covenant(FG) and out of his great love(FH) he relented.(FI) 46 He caused all who held them captive to show them mercy.(FJ)
47 Save us,(FK)Lord our God, and gather us(FL) from the nations, that we may give thanks(FM) to your holy name(FN) and glory in your praise.
48 Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting.
3 Brothers and sisters, I could not address you as people who live by the Spirit(A) but as people who are still worldly(B)—mere infants(C) in Christ.2 I gave you milk, not solid food,(D) for you were not yet ready for it.(E) Indeed, you are still not ready.3 You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling(F) among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere humans?4 For when one says, “I follow Paul,” and another, “I follow Apollos,”(G) are you not mere human beings?
5 What, after all, is Apollos?(H) And what is Paul? Only servants,(I) through whom you came to believe—as the Lord has assigned to each his task.6 I planted the seed,(J) Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow.7 So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow.8 The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor.(K)9 For we are co-workers in God’s service;(L) you are God’s field,(M) God’s building.(N)
10 By the grace God has given me,(O) I laid a foundation(P) as a wise builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should build with care.11 For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.(Q)12 If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw,13 their work will be shown for what it is,(R) because the Day(S) will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work.(T)14 If what has been built survives, the builder will receive a reward.(U)15 If it is burned up, the builder will suffer loss but yet will be saved—even though only as one escaping through the flames.(V)
16 Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple(W) and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst?(X)17 If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person; for God’s temple is sacred, and you together are that temple.
18 Do not deceive yourselves. If any of you think you are wise(Y) by the standards of this age,(Z) you should become “fools” so that you may become wise.19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness(AA) in God’s sight. As it is written: “He catches the wise in their craftiness”[a];(AB)20 and again, “The Lord knows that the thoughts of the wise are futile.”[b](AC)21 So then, no more boasting about human leaders!(AD) All things are yours,(AE)22 whether Paul or Apollos(AF) or Cephas[c](AG) or the world or life or death or the present or the future(AH)—all are yours,23 and you are of Christ,(AI) and Christ is of God.
Morrinsville Baptist is a church of 250-300 people from all ages and all walks of life who live or work in and around Morrinsville, New Zealand. Our faith in Jesus Christ is our common bond, and we are committed to living by the values and principles taught by Jesus, as we actively promote his Kingdom through our shared life as a church as well as through our personal daily lives.