I will tell of the kindnesses of the LORD,
the deeds for which He is to be praised,
according to all the LORD has done for us-
yes, the many good things He has done
for the house of Israel,
according to His compassion and many kindnesses.
He said, "Surely they are my people,
sons who will not be false to me";
and so He became their Savior.
In all their distress He too was distressed,
and the angel of His presence saved them.
In His love and mercy He redeemed them;
He lifted them up and carried them
all the days of old.
Yet they rebelled
and grieved His Holy Spirit,
So He turned and became their enemy
and He Himself fought against them.