1Thank the Lord. Worship his name. Tell the nations about the wonderful things he does. 2Sing to the Lord. Sing praises to him. Tell about all the amazing things he does. 3Be proud of the Lord’s holy name. You people came looking for the Lord. Be happy! 4Go to the Lord for strength. Always go to him for help. 5Remember the amazing things he does. Remember his miracles and wise decisions. 6You are descendants of his servant Abraham. You are descendants of Jacob, the man God chose. 7The Lord is our God. The Lord rules the whole world. 8Remember God’s Agreement forever. Remember his commands for 1,000 generations! 9God made an Agreement with Abraham. God made a promise to Isaac. 10Then he made it a law for Jacob. God made his Agreement with Israel. It will continue forever! 11God said, ”I will give you the land of Canaan. That land will belong to you.” 12God made that promise when Abraham’s family was small. They were only strangers spending time there. 13They traveled from nation to nation, from one kingdom to another. 14But God did not let people mistreat them. God warned kings not to hurt them. 15God said, ”Don’t hurt my chosen people. Don’t do anything bad to my prophets.” 16God caused a famine in that country. People did not have enough food to eat. 17But God sent a man named Joseph to go ahead of them. Joseph was sold like a slave. 18They tied a rope around Joseph’s feet. They put an iron ring around his neck. 19Joseph was a slave until the things he said really happened. The Lord’s message proved that Joseph was right. 20So the king of Egypt set him free. That nation’s leader let him out of jail. 21He put Joseph in charge of his house. Joseph took care of everything he owned. 22Joseph gave instructions to the other leaders. Joseph taught the older men. 23Then Israel came to Egypt. Jacob lived in Ham’s country. 24Jacob’s family became very large. They became more powerful than their enemies. 25So the Egyptians began to hate Jacob’s family. They made plans against their slaves. 26So God sent his servant, Moses, and Aaron, God’s chosen priest. 27God used Moses and Aaron to do many miracles in Ham’s country. 28God sent the very dark darkness, but the Egyptians did not listen to him. 29So God changed the water into blood, and all their fish died. 30Their country was filled with frogs. Frogs were even in the king’s bedroom. 31God gave the command, and the flies and gnats came. They were everywhere! 32God made the rain become hail. Lightning struck throughout their country. 33God destroyed their vines and fig trees. God destroyed every tree in their country. 34God gave the command, and the locusts and grasshoppers came. There were too many to count! 35The locusts and grasshoppers ate all the plants in the country. They ate all the crops in the fields. 36And then God killed every firstborn in their country. God killed their oldest sons. 37Then God took his people out of Egypt. They brought gold and silver with them. None of God’s people stumbled and fell. 38Egypt was happy to see God’s people go, because they were afraid of God’s people. 39God spread out his cloud like a blanket. God used his column of fire to give his people light at night. 40The people asked for food, and God brought them quail. God gave them plenty of bread from heaven. 41God split the rock, and water came bubbling out. A river began flowing in the desert! 42God remembered his holy promise. God remembered the promise he had made to his servant Abraham. 43God brought his people out from Egypt. The people came out rejoicing and singing their happy songs! 44Then God gave his people the country where other people were living. God’s people got the things other people had worked for. 45Why did God do this? So his people could obey his laws. So they could carefully obey his teachings. Praise the Lord!