They made a calf in Horeb *
and worshipped a molten image.
Thus they exchanged their glory *
for the image of a calf that feeds on hay.
And they forgot God their Savior *
who had done 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.
Then they scorned that pleasant land *
and gave no credence to his word,
But murmured in their tents *
and did not hearken to the voice of the Lord.
Then he lifted up his hand against them *
to overthrow them in the wilderness,
To cast out their seed among the nations, *
and to scatter them in all the lands.
They joined themselves to Baal-Peor *
and ate the offerings to the dead.
Thus they provoked him to anger with their wanton deeds, *
and the plague broke out among them.
Then Phineas stood up and interceded, *
and so the plague was ended;
And that was counted to him as righteousness *
among all generations for evermore.
They angered him also at the waters of strife, *
so that he punished Moses for their misdeeds;
For they provoked him to anger, *
so that he spoke rashly with his lips.
Neither did they destroy the peoples *
as the Lord commanded them,
But intermingled among the nations *
and learned their heathen ways,
So that they worshipped their idols, which became a snare to them; *
they offered their sons and their daughters to demons,
And shed innocent blood, even the blood of their sons and of their daughters, *
whom they offered to the idols of Canaan; and the land was defiled with blood.
Thus were they defiled by their own works *
and went whoring with their own deeds.
Therefore was the wrath of the Lord kindled against his people, *
and he abhorred his own inheritance.
And he gave them over into the hands of the nations, *
and those who hated them were lords over them.
Their enemies oppressed them *
and held them in subjection.
Many a time did he deliver them, *
but they rebelled against him through their own devices, and were brought down in their wickedness.
Nevertheless, when he saw their adversity, *
when he heard their lamentation,
He remembered his covenant and pitied them, according to the multitude of his mercies; *
he made all those who led them away captive to pity them.
Deliver us, O Lord our God, and gather us from among the nations, *
that we may give thanks to your holy Name and make our boast of your praise.
Blessed be the Lord God of Israel from everlasting and world without end, *
and let all the people say, “Amen.” Praise the Lord.