7I will recount the steadfast love of the Lord,

the praises of the Lord,

according to all that the Lord has granted us,

and the great goodness to the house of Israel

which he has granted them according to his mercy,

according to the abundance of his steadfast love.…

9…the angel of his presence saved them;

in his love and in his pity he redeemed them;

he lifted them up and carried them all

the days of old.”

The people’s rebellion and God’s punishment

10But they rebelled

and grieved his holy Spirit;

therefore he turned to be their enemy,

and himself fought against them.”

God’s forgiveness

11Then he remembered the days of old,

of Moses his servant.…

13Like a horse in the desert,

14they did not stumble.

Like cattle that go down into the valley,

the Spirit of the Lord gave them rest.

So thou didst lead thy people,

to make for thyself a glorious name.”

Repeated rebellion and God’s punishment

17O Lord, why dost thou make us err from thy ways

and harden our heart, so that we fear thee not?.…

19We have become like those over whom

thou hast never ruled,

like those who are not called by thy name.…

5Behold, thou wast angry…

6We have all become like one who is unclean,

and all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment.

We all fade like a leaf,

and our iniquities, like the wind take us away.

7There is no one that calls upon thy name,

that bestirs himself to take hold of thee;

for thou hast hid thy face from us,

and hast delivered us into the hand of our iniquities.…”

Plea for deliverance

9Remember not iniquity for ever.

Behold, consider, we are all thy people.

10Thy holy cities have become a wilderness,

Zion has become a wilderness,

Jerusalem a desolation.

11Our holy and beautiful house,

where our fathers praised thee,

has been burned by fire,

and all our pleasant places have become ruins.

12Wilt thou restrain thyself at these things,

O Lord?

Wilt thou keep silent, and afflict us sorely?”