By Gary North
O give thanks unto the LORD; for he
is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. O give
thanks unto the God of gods: for his mercy
endureth for ever. O give thanks to the Lord of
lords: for his mercy endureth for ever (Psalm
This phrase appears in many of the psalms, but when you find the same phrase three times in a row, you can safely conclude that the writer was trying to make a point,and he thought the point was important. I know of no passage in the Bible where any other phrase appears three
times in succession.
Thanksgiving Day is an old tradition in the United States. It really did have its origins in Plymouth Colony, in the fall of 1621, when the Pilgrims who had survived their first year in New England invited Chief Massasoit to a feast, and he showed up with 90 braves and five deer.
The feast lasted three days.
The first official Thanksgiving Day was celebrated on June 29, 1676, in Charlestown, Massachusetts, across the Charles River from Boston. Over a century later, George Washington proclaimed a day of thanksgiving on October 23, 1789, to be celebrated on Thursday, November 27. In 1863, Abraham Lincoln officially restored Thanksgiving as a wartime measure. He repeated this a year later. These original source documents are posted here:
The holiday then became an American tradition.
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