1Praise the Lord!
Give thanks to the Lord because he is good,
because his faithful love endures forever.
2Who could possibly repeat all of the Lord’s mighty acts
or publicly recount all his praise?
3The people who uphold justice,
who always do what is right, are truly happy!
4Remember me, Lord, with the favor you show your people.
Visit me with your saving help
5so I can experience the good things your chosen ones experience,
so I can rejoice in the joy of your nation,
so I can praise along with your possession.
6We have sinned—right along with our ancestors.
We’ve done what is wrong.
We’ve acted wickedly.
7Our ancestors in Egypt didn’t understand your wondrous works.
They didn’t remember how much faithful love you have.
So they rebelled by the sea—at the Reed Sea.#Or Red Sea; also in 106:9, 22
8But God saved them for the sake of his good name,
to make known his mighty power.
9God scolded the Reed Sea, and it dried right up;
he led them through the deeps like they were a dry desert.
10God saved them from hostile powers;
he redeemed them from the power of the enemy.
11But the waters covered over their foes—
not one of them survived!
12So our ancestors trusted God’s words;
they sang God’s praise.
13But how quickly they forgot what he had done!
They wouldn’t wait for his advice.
14They were overcome with craving in the desert;
they tested God in the wastelands.
15God gave them what they asked for;
he sent food#LXX to satisfy their appetites.
16But then they were jealous of Moses in the camp,
jealous too of Aaron, the Lord’s holy one.
17So the earth opened up, swallowing Dathan,
and covering over Abiram’s crowd.
18Fire blazed throughout that whole group;
flames burned up the wicked.
19They made a calf at Horeb,
bowing down to a metal idol.
20They traded their glorious God#Or their Glory
for an image of a bull that eats grass.
21They forgot the God who saved them—
the one who had done great things in Egypt,
22wondrous works in the land of Ham,
awesome deeds at the Reed Sea.
23So God determined that he would destroy them—
except for the fact that Moses, his chosen one,
stood in the way, right in front of him,
and turned God’s destructive anger away.
24But then they rejected the land that was so desirable.
They didn’t trust God’s promise.
25They muttered in their tents
and wouldn’t listen to the Lord’s voice.
26So God raised his hand against them,
making them fall in the desert,
27scattering their offspring among the nations,
casting them across many lands.
28They joined themselves to Baal-peor
and ate sacrifices offered to the dead.
29They made God angry by what they did,
so a plague broke out against them.
30Then Phinehas stood up and prayed,
and the plague was contained.
31That’s why Phinehas is considered righteous,
generation after generation, forever.
32But they angered God at Meribah’s waters,
and things went badly for Moses because of them,
33because they made him bitter
so that he spoke rashly with his lips.
34They didn’t destroy the nations
as the Lord had ordered them to do.
35Instead, they got mixed up with the nations,
learning what they did
36and serving those false gods,
which became a trap for them.
37They sacrificed their own sons and daughters to demons!
38They shed innocent blood,
the blood of their own sons and daughters—
the ones they sacrificed to Canaan’s false gods—
so the land was defiled by the bloodshed.
39They made themselves unclean by what they did; they prostituted themselves by their actions.
40So the Lord’s anger burned against his people;
he despised his own possession.
41God handed them over to the nations;
people who hated them ruled over them.
42Their enemies oppressed them,
and they were humbled under their power.
43God delivered them numerous times,
but they were determined to rebel,
and so they were brought down by their own sin.
44But God saw their distress
when he heard their loud cries.
45God remembered his covenant for their sake,
and because of how much faithful love he has,
God changed his mind.
46God allowed them to receive compassion
from all their captors.
47Lord our God, save us!
Gather us back together from among all the nations
so we can give thanksto your holy name
and rejoice in your praise!
48Bless the Lord, the God of Israel,
from forever ago to forever from now!
And let all the people say, "Amen!"
Praise the Lord!
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