They made a calf in Horeb *
and worshipped the molten image.
Thus they turned their glory *
into the similitude of a calf that eateth hay.
And they forgat God their Saviour *
who had done so great things in Egypt;
Wondrous works in the land of Ham *
and fearful things by the Red sea.
So he said, he would have destroyed them, had not Moses his chosen stood before him in the gap *
to turn away his wrathful indignation, lest he should destroy them.
Yea, they thought scorn of that pleasant land *
and gave no credence unto his word;
But murmured in their tents *
and hearkened not unto the voice of the lord.
Then lift he up his hand against them *
to overthrow them in the wilderness;
To cast out their seed among the nations *
and to scatter them in the lands.
They joined themselves unto Baal-peor *
and ate the offerings of the dead.
Thus they provoked him to anger with their own inventions *
and the plague was great among them.
Then stood up Phinees and prayed *
and so the plague ceased.
And that was counted unto him for righteousness *
among all posterities for evermore.
They angered him also at the waters of strife *
so that he punished Moses for their sakes;
Because they provoked his spirit *
so that he spake unadvisedly with his lips.
Neither destroyed they the heathen *
as the Lord commanded them;
But were mingled among the heathen *
and learned their works.
Insomuch that they worshipped their idols, which turned to their own decay *
yea, they offered their sons and their daughters unto devils;
And shed innocent blood, even the blood of their sons and of their daughters *
whom they had offered unto the idols of Canaan; and the land was defiled with blood.
Thus were they stained with their own works *
and went a whoring with their own inventions.
Therefore was the wrath of the Lord kindled against his people *
insomuch that he abhorred his own inheritance.
And he gave them over into the hands of the heathen *
and they that hated them were lords over them.
Their enemies oppressed them *
and had them in subjection.
Many a time did he deliver them *
but they rebelled against him with their own inventions, and were brought down in their wickedness.
Nevertheless, when he saw their adversity *
he heard their complaint.
He thought upon his covenant, and pitied them according unto the multitude of his mercies *
yea, he made all those that led them away captive to pity them.
Deliver us, O Lord our God, and gather us from among the heathen *
that we may give thanks unto thy holy Name, and make our boast of thy praise.
Blessed be the Lord God of Israel from everlasting and world without end *
and let all the people say, Amen.