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1 Hallelujah!
Give thanks to the Lord because he is good,
because his mercy endures forever.
2 Who can speak about all the mighty things the Lord has done?
Who can announce all the things for which he is worthy of praise?
3 Blessed are those who defend justice
and do what is right at all times.
4 Remember me, O Lord, when you show favor to your people.
Come to help me with your salvation
5 so that I may see the prosperity of your chosen ones,
find joy in our people’s happiness,
and brag with the people who belong to you.
6 We have sinned, and so did our ancestors.
We have done wrong.
We are guilty.
7 When our ancestors were in Egypt,
they gave no thought to your miracles.
They did not remember your numerous acts of mercy,
so they rebelled at the sea, the Red Sea.
8 He saved them because of his reputation
so that he could make his mighty power known.
9 He angrily commanded the Red Sea, and it dried up.
He led them through deep water as though it were a desert.
10 He rescued them from the power of the one who hated them.
He rescued them from the enemy.
11 Water covered their adversaries.
Not one Egyptian survived.
12 Then our ancestors believed what he said.
They sang his praise.
13 They quickly forgot what he did.
They did not wait for his advice.
14 They had an unreasonable desire ⌊for food⌋ in the wilderness.
In the desert they tested God.
15 He gave them what they asked for.
He ⌊also⌋ gave them a degenerative disease.
16 In the camp certain men became envious of Moses.
They also became envious of Aaron, the Lord’s holy one.
17 The ground split open and swallowed Dathan.
It buried Abiram’s followers.
18 A fire broke out among their followers.
Flames burned up wicked people.
19 At Mount Horeb they made ⌊a statue of⌋ a calf.
They worshiped an idol made of metal.
20 They traded their glorious God #Or “their glory.”
for the statue of a bull that eats grass.
21 They forgot God, their savior,
the one who did spectacular things in Egypt,
22 miracles in the land of Ham,
and terrifying things at the Red Sea.
23 God said he was going to destroy them,
but Moses, his chosen one, stood in his way
to prevent him from exterminating them.
24 They refused ⌊to enter⌋ the pleasant land.
They did not believe what he said.
25 They complained in their tents.
They did not obey the Lord.
26 Raising his hand, he swore
that he would kill them in the wilderness,
27 kill their descendants among the nations,
and scatter them throughout various lands.
28 They joined in worshiping the god Baal while they were at Peor,
and they ate what was sacrificed to the dead.
29 They infuriated God by what they did,
and a plague broke out among them.
30 Then Phinehas stood between God and the people,
and the plague was stopped.
31 Because of this, Phinehas was considered righteous forever,
throughout every generation.
32 They made God angry by the water at Meribah.
Things turned out badly for Moses because of what they did,
33 since they made him bitter so that he spoke recklessly.
34 They did not destroy the people as the Lord had told them.
35 Instead, they intermarried with other nations.
They learned to do what other nations did,
36 and they worshiped their idols,
which became a trap for them.
37 They sacrificed their sons and daughters to demons.
38 They shed innocent blood,
the blood of their own sons and daughters
whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan.
The land became polluted with blood.
39 They became filthy because of what they did.
They behaved like prostitutes.
40 The Lord burned with anger against his own people.
He was disgusted with those who belonged to him.
41 He handed them over to other nations,
and those who hated them ruled them.
42 Their enemies oppressed them
and made them subject to their power.
43 He rescued them many times,
but they continued to plot rebellion against him
and to sink deeper because of their sin.
44 He saw that they were suffering
when he heard their cry for help.
45 He remembered his promise #Or “covenant.” to them.
In keeping with his rich mercy, he changed his plans.
46 He let them find compassion
from all those who held them captive.
47 Rescue us, O Lord our God, and gather us from the nations
so that we may give thanks to your holy name
and make your praise our glory.
48 Thanks be to the Lord God of Israel
from everlasting to everlasting.
Let all the people say amen.
Hallelujah!
106
1Praise the Lord!
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good!
His faithful love endures forever.
2Who can list the glorious miracles of the Lord?
Who can ever praise him enough?
3There is joy for those who deal justly with others
and always do what is right.
4Remember me, Lord, when you show favor to your people;
come near and rescue me.
5Let me share in the prosperity of your chosen ones.
Let me rejoice in the joy of your people;
let me praise you with those who are your heritage.
6Like our ancestors, we have sinned.
We have done wrong! We have acted wickedly!
7Our ancestors in Egypt
were not impressed by the Lord’s miraculous deeds.
They soon forgot his many acts of kindness to them.
Instead, they rebelled against him at the Red Sea.#106:7 Hebrew at the sea, the sea of reeds.
8Even so, he saved them—
to defend the honor of his name
and to demonstrate his mighty power.
9He commanded the Red Sea#106:9 Hebrew sea of reeds; also in 106:22. to dry up.
He led Israel across the sea as if it were a desert.
10So he rescued them from their enemies
and redeemed them from their foes.
11Then the water returned and covered their enemies;
not one of them survived.
12Then his people believed his promises.
Then they sang his praise.
13Yet how quickly they forgot what he had done!
They wouldn’t wait for his counsel!
14In the wilderness their desires ran wild,
testing God’s patience in that dry wasteland.
15So he gave them what they asked for,
but he sent a plague along with it.
16The people in the camp were jealous of Moses
and envious of Aaron, the Lord’s holy priest.
17Because of this, the earth opened up;
it swallowed Dathan
and buried Abiram and the other rebels.
18Fire fell upon their followers;
a flame consumed the wicked.
19The people made a calf at Mount Sinai#106:19 Hebrew at Horeb, another name for Sinai.;
they bowed before an image made of gold.
20They traded their glorious God
for a statue of a grass-eating bull.
21They forgot God, their savior,
who had done such great things in Egypt—
22such wonderful things in the land of Ham,
such awesome deeds at the Red Sea.
23So he declared he would destroy them.
But Moses, his chosen one, stepped between the Lord and the people.
He begged him to turn from his anger and not destroy them.
24The people refused to enter the pleasant land,
for they wouldn’t believe his promise to care for them.
25Instead, they grumbled in their tents
and refused to obey the Lord.
26Therefore, he solemnly swore
that he would kill them in the wilderness,
27that he would scatter their descendants#106:27 As in Syriac version; Hebrew reads he would cause their descendants to fall. among the nations,
exiling them to distant lands.
28Then our ancestors joined in the worship of Baal at Peor;
they even ate sacrifices offered to the dead!
29They angered the Lord with all these things,
so a plague broke out among them.
30But Phinehas had the courage to intervene,
and the plague was stopped.
31So he has been regarded as a righteous man
ever since that time.
32At Meribah, too, they angered the Lord,
causing Moses serious trouble.
33They made Moses angry,#106:33 Hebrew They embittered his spirit.
and he spoke foolishly.
34Israel failed to destroy the nations in the land,
as the Lord had commanded them.
35Instead, they mingled among the pagans
and adopted their evil customs.
36They worshiped their idols,
which led to their downfall.
37They even sacrificed their sons
and their daughters to the demons.
38They shed innocent blood,
the blood of their sons and daughters.
By sacrificing them to the idols of Canaan,
they polluted the land with murder.
39They defiled themselves by their evil deeds,
and their love of idols was adultery in the Lord’s sight.
40That is why the Lord’s anger burned against his people,
and he abhorred his own special possession.
41He handed them over to pagan nations,
and they were ruled by those who hated them.
42Their enemies crushed them
and brought them under their cruel power.
43Again and again he rescued them,
but they chose to rebel against him,
and they were finally destroyed by their sin.
44Even so, he pitied them in their distress
and listened to their cries.
45He remembered his covenant with them
and relented because of his unfailing love.
46He even caused their captors
to treat them with kindness.
47Save us, O Lord our God!
Gather us back from among the nations,
so we can thank your holy name
and rejoice and praise you.
48Praise the Lord, the God of Israel,
who lives from everlasting to everlasting!
Let all the people say, “Amen!”
Praise the Lord!