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Psalms 106

Psalm 106
Israel’s Unfaithfulness to God
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
his faithful love endures forever.#1Ch 16:34,41; Ps 100:5
2Who can declare the Lord’s mighty acts
or proclaim all the praise due him?#Ps 145:4,12; 150:2
3How happy are those who uphold justice,
who practice righteousness at all times.#Ps 15:2
4Remember me, Lord,
when you show favor to your people.#Ps 119:132
Come to me with your salvation
5so that I may enjoy the prosperity
of your chosen ones,
rejoice in the joy of your nation,
and boast about your heritage.#Dt 32:9; Ps 105:6,43
6Both we and our ancestors have sinned;
we have done wrong and have acted wickedly.#Lv 26:40; Jr 3:25; 14:20
7Our ancestors in Egypt did not grasp
the significance of your wondrous works
or remember your many acts of faithful love;
instead, they rebelled by the sea — the Red Sea.#Ex 14:10–12; Ps 78:17
8Yet he saved them for his name’s sake,
to make his power known.#Ex 9:16; Ezk 20:9
9He rebuked the Red Sea, and it dried up;
he led them through the depths as through a desert.#Ps 18:15; 104:7; Is 63:11–13
10He saved them from the power of the adversary;
he redeemed them from the power of the enemy.#Ex 14:30; Ps 107:2
11Water covered their foes;
not one of them remained.#Ex 14:27–28; 15:5; Ps 78:53
12Then they believed his promises
and sang his praise.#Ex 14:31; 15:1–21; Ps 105:43
13They soon forgot his works
and would not wait for his counsel.#Ex 15:24; Ps 78:11; 107:11
14They were seized with craving in the wilderness
and tested God in the desert.#Nm 11:4; Ps 78:18
15He gave them what they asked for,
but sent a wasting disease among them.#Nm 11:31; Ps 78:29
16In the camp they were envious of Moses
and of Aaron, the Lord’s holy one.#Nm 16:1–3
17The earth opened up and swallowed Dathan;
it covered the assembly of Abiram.#Nm 16:31–32; Dt 11:6
18Fire blazed throughout their assembly;
flames consumed the wicked.#Nm 16:35
19At Horeb they made a calf
and worshiped the cast metal image.#Ex 32:4; Dt 9:8; Ac 7:41
20They exchanged their glory#106:20 Alt Hb tradition reads his glory, or my glory#106:20 = God
for the image of a grass-eating ox.#Jr 2:11; Rm 1:23
21They forgot God their Savior,
who did great things in Egypt,#Dt 10:21; Ps 78:11
22wondrous works in the land of Ham,#106:22 = Egypt
awe-inspiring acts at the Red Sea.#Ps 105:27
23So he said he would have destroyed them —
if Moses his chosen one
had not stood before him in the breach
to turn his wrath away from destroying them.#Ex 32:10; Dt 9:14; Ezk 20:8
24They despised the pleasant land
and did not believe his promise.#Nm 14:31; Dt 9:23; Heb 3:19
25They grumbled in their tents
and did not listen to the Lord.#Nm 14:2; Dt 1:27
26So he raised his hand against them with an oath
that he would make them fall in the desert#Nm 14:28–35; Ezk 20:15; Heb 3:11
27and would disperse their descendants#106:27 Syr; MT reads would make their descendants fall
among the nations,
scattering them throughout the lands.#Lv 26:33; Dt 4:27; Ps 44:11
28They aligned themselves with Baal of Peor
and ate sacrifices offered to lifeless gods.#106:28 Lit sacrifices for dead ones#Nm 25:3; Dt 4:3; Hs 9:10
29They angered the Lord with their deeds,
and a plague broke out against them.#Nm 25:4
30But Phinehas stood up and intervened,
and the plague was stopped.#Nm 25:7–8
31It was credited to him as righteousness
throughout all generations to come.#Gn 15:6; Nm 25:10–13
32They angered the Lord at the Waters of Meribah,
and Moses suffered#106:32 Lit and it was evil for Moses because of them,#Nm 20:2–13; Ps 81:7
33for they embittered his spirit,#106:33 Some Hb mss, LXX, Syr, Jer; other Hb mss read they rebelled against his Spirit
and he spoke rashly with his lips.#Ps 78:40; Is 63:10
34They did not destroy the peoples
as the Lord had commanded them#Dt 7:2,16; Jdg 1:21,27–36
35but mingled with the nations
and adopted their ways.#Jdg 3:5–6
36They served their idols,
which became a snare to them.#Dt 7:16; Jdg 2:12
37They sacrificed their sons and daughters to demons.#Lv 17:7; Dt 32:17
38They shed innocent blood —
the blood of their sons and daughters
whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan;
so the land became polluted with blood.#Nm 35:33; Is 24:5
39They defiled themselves by their actions
and prostituted themselves by their deeds.#Lv 18:24; Ezk 20:18,30–31
40Therefore the Lord’s anger burned against his people,
and he abhorred his own inheritance.#Dt 32:19; Ps 78:59
41He handed them over to the nations;
those who hated them ruled over them.#Jdg 2:14; Neh 9:27
42Their enemies oppressed them,
and they were subdued under their power.#Jdg 4:3; 10:12
43He rescued them many times,
but they continued to rebel deliberately
and were beaten down by their iniquity.#Jdg 2:16–18; Ps 81:12
44When he heard their cry,
he took note of their distress,#Jdg 3:3; 6:7; 10:10
45remembered his covenant with them,
and relented according to the abundance
of his faithful love.#Lv 26:42; Ps 105:8
46He caused them to be pitied
before all their captors.#1Kg 8:50; 2Ch 30:9; Ezr 9:9
47Save us, Lord our God,
and gather us from the nations,
so that we may give thanks to your holy name
and rejoice in your praise.#Ps 107:3; 147:2
48Blessed be the Lord God of Israel,
from everlasting to everlasting.#Ps 41:13; 72:18; 89:52
Let all the people say, “Amen!”
Hallelujah!#1Ch 16:35–36
(Psalms 107–150)

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