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136. Psalm 136

1Oh give thanks unto Jehovah; for he is good;

For his lovingkindness endureth for ever.

2Oh give thanks unto the God of gods;

For his lovingkindness endureth for ever.

3Oh give thanks unto the Lord of lords;

For his lovingkindness endureth for ever:

4To him who alone doeth great wonders;

For his lovingkindness endureth for ever:

5To him that by understanding made the heavens;

For his lovingkindness endureth for ever:

6To him that spread forth the earth above the waters;

For his lovingkindness endureth for ever:

7To him that made great lights;

For his lovingkindness endureth for ever:

8The sun to rule by day;

For his lovingkindness endureth for ever;

9The moon and stars to rule by night;

For his lovingkindness endureth for ever:

10To him that smote Egypt in their first-born;

For his lovingkindness endureth for ever;

11And brought out Israel from among them;

For his lovingkindness endureth for ever;

12With a strong hand, and with an outstretched arm;

For his lovingkindness endureth for ever:

13To him that divided the Red Sea in sunder;

For his lovingkindness endureth for ever;

14And made Israel to pass through the midst of it;

For his lovingkindness endureth for ever;

15But overthrew Pharaoh and his host in the Red Sea;

For his lovingkindness endureth for ever:

16To him that led his people through the wilderness;

For his lovingkindness endureth for ever:

17To him that smote great kings;

For his lovingkindness endureth for ever;

18And slew famous kings;

For his lovingkindness endureth for ever:

19Sihon king of the Amorites;

For his lovingkindness endureth forever;

20And Og king of Bashan;

For his lovingkindness endureth for ever;

21And gave their land for a heritage;

For his lovingkindness endureth for ever;

22Even a heritage unto Israel his servant;

For his lovingkindness endureth for ever:

23Who remembered us in our low estate;

For his lovingkindness endureth for ever;

24And hath delivered us from our adversaries;

For his lovingkindness endureth for ever:

25Who giveth food to all flesh;

For his lovingkindness endureth for ever.

26Oh give thanks unto the God of heaven;

For his lovingkindness endureth for ever.

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10. Who smote the Egyptians in, their first-born Some read with their first-born, but the other rendering reads better. As we do not mean to sermonize upon the passage, it is unnecessary to detain the reader here with many words, as nothing is mentioned but what has been treated elsewhere. Only we may notice that the Egyptians are well said to have been smitten in their first-born, because they continued in their outrageous obstinacy under the other plagues, though occasionally terrified by them, but were broken and subdued by this last plague, and submitted. As it was not intended to recount all the wonders successively done in Egypt, the whole is summed up in one word when it is said, that he led his people forth from the midst of it with a mighty and a stretched out arm. For pressed down as they were on every side, it was only by a wonderful display of divine power that they could effect an escape. The figure of an outstretched arm is appropriate, for we stretch out the arm when any great effort is required; so that this implies that God put forth an extraordinary and not a common or slight display of his power in redeeming his people. 175175     “Dieu en deliverant son peuple n’a point monstre une petite puissance,” etc. — Fr.




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