3 Blessed are those who keep judgment and who do justice at all times.
4 Remember us, O Lord, with good will for your people. Visit us with your salvation,
5 so that we may see the goodness of your elect, so that we may rejoice in the joy of your nation, so that you may be praised along with your inheritance.
6 We have sinned, as have our fathers. We have acted unjustly; we have wrought iniquity.
7 Our fathers did not understand your miracles in Egypt. They did not remember the multitude of your mercies. And they provoked you, while going up to the sea, even the Red Sea.
8 And he saved them for the sake of his name, so that he might make known his power.
9 And he rebuked the Red Sea, and it dried up. And he led them into the abyss, as if into a desert.
10 And he saved them from the hand of those who hated them. And he redeemed them from the hand of the enemy.
11 And the water covered those who troubled them. Not one of them remained.
12 And they believed his words, and they sang his praises.
13 As soon as they had finished, they forgot his works, and they would not endure his counsel.
14 And they coveted their desire in the desert, and they tempted God in a waterless place.
15 And he granted to them their request, and he sent abundance into their souls.
16 And they provoked Moses in the camp, and Aaron, the holy one of the Lord.
17 The earth opened and swallowed Dathan, and it covered the congregation of Abiram.
18 And a fire broke out in their congregation. A flame burned up the sinners.
19 And they fashioned a calf at Horeb, and they adored a graven image.
20 And they exchanged their glory for the likeness of a calf that eats hay.
21 They forgot God, who saved them, who did great things in Egypt:
22 miracles in the land of Ham, terrible things at the Red Sea.
23 And he said that he would destroy them, yet Moses, his elect, stood firm before him in the breach, in order to avert his wrath, lest he destroy them.
24 And they held the desirable land to be nothing. They did not trust in his word.
25 And they murmured in their tabernacles. They did not heed the voice of the Lord.
26 And he lifted up his hand over them, in order to prostrate them in the desert,
27 and in order to cast their offspring among the nations, and to scatter them among the regions.
28 And they were initiated into Baal of Peor, and they ate the sacrifices of the dead.
29 And they provoked him with their inventions, and ruination was multiplied in them.
30 Then Phinehas stood up and placated him: and so the violent disturbance ceased.
31 And it was reputed to him unto justice, from generation to generation, even forever.
32 And they provoked him at the Waters of Contradiction, and Moses was afflicted because of them,
33 for they exasperated his spirit. And so he divided them with his lips.
34 They did not destroy the nations, about which the Lord had spoken to them.
35 And they were mixed among the Gentiles. And they learned their works,
36 and they served their graven images, and it became a scandal to them.
37 And they sacrificed their sons and their daughters to demons.
38 And they shed innocent blood: the blood of their sons and of their daughters, which they sacrificed to the graven images of Canaan. And the land was infected with bloodshed,
39 and was contaminated with their works. And they fornicated according to their own inventions.
40 And the Lord became furiously angry with his people, and he abhorred his inheritance.
1 Kings 11:4-13
4 And when now he was old, his heart was perverted by the women, so that he followed strange gods. And his heart was not perfect with the Lord his God, as was the heart of his father David.
5 For Solomon worshipped Ashtoreth, the goddess of the Sidonians, and Milcom, the idol of the Ammonites.
6 And Solomon did what was not pleasing in the sight of the Lord. And he did not continue to follow the Lord, as his father David did.
7 Then Solomon built a shrine for Chemosh, the idol of Moab, on the mount that is opposite Jerusalem, and for Milcom, the idol of the sons of Ammon.
8 And he acted in this manner for all his foreign wives, who were burning incense and immolating to their gods.
9 And so, the Lord became angry with Solomon, because his mind had been turned away from the Lord, the God of Israel, who had appeared to him twice,
10 and who had instructed him about this matter, lest he follow strange gods. But he did not observe what the Lord commanded to him.
11 And so, the Lord said to Solomon: "Because you have this with you, and because you have not kept my covenant and my precepts, which I commanded to you, I will tear apart your kingdom, and I will give it to your servant.
12 Yet truly, I will not do it in your days, for the sake of your father David. From the hand of your son, I will tear it away.
13 Neither will I take away the whole kingdom. Instead, I will grant one tribe to your son, for the sake of David, my servant, and Jerusalem, which I have chosen."
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