Give Thanks to the Lord, for He Is Good
1 # [See Ps. 105:45 above] Praise the Lord!
# See Ps. 105:1 Oh give thanks to the Lord, #See Ps. 100:5 for he is good,
# See 1 Chr. 16:34, 41 for his steadfast love endures forever!
2Who can utter the mighty deeds of the Lord,
or declare all his praise?
3Blessed are they who observe justice,
who #[Ps. 15:2]do righteousness at all times!
4 # [Ps. 119:132] Remember me, O Lord, when you show favor to your people;
help me when you save them,#106:4 Or Remember me, O Lord, with the favor you show to your people; help me with your salvation
5that I may look upon the prosperity of your #Ps. 105:6, 43chosen ones,
that I may rejoice in the gladness of your nation,
that I may glory with your inheritance.
1 Kgs. 8:47; Ezra 9:6; Neh. 1:6, 7; 9:16; Jer. 3:25; 14:20; Dan. 9:5 Both we and #Ps. 79:8; Lev. 26:40our fathers have sinned;
we have committed iniquity; we have done wickedness.
7Our fathers, when they were in Egypt,
did not consider your wondrous works;
they #[ver. 13, 21] did not remember the abundance of your steadfast love,
but #Ex. 14:11, 12rebelled by the sea, at the Red Sea.
8Yet he saved them #Ezek. 20:9, 14 for his name’s sake,
that he might make known his mighty power.
9He #[Ps. 18:15; 104:7] rebuked the Red Sea, and it #Ex. 14:21; [Isa. 50:2; 51:10] became dry,
and he #Isa. 63:13led them through the deep as through a desert.
10So he #Ex. 14:30 saved them from the hand of the foe
and #Ps. 107:2redeemed them from the power of the enemy.
11And #Ex. 14:28; 15:5the waters covered their adversaries;
not one of them was left.
12Then #Ex. 14:31 they believed his words;
they #See Ex. 15:1-21sang his praise.
13But they soon #Ps. 78:11; [Ex. 15:24; 16:2; 17:2] forgot his works;
they did not wait for #[Ps. 107:11]his counsel.
14But they had #Num. 11:4; 1 Cor. 10:6; [Ps. 78:18] a wanton craving in the wilderness,
and #Ex. 17:2; 1 Cor. 10:9put God to the test in the desert;
15he #Ps. 78:29 gave them what they asked,
but sent #Isa. 10:16a wasting disease among them.
16When men in the camp #See Num. 16:1-3 were jealous of Moses
and Aaron, #Deut. 33:2; Zech. 14:5; Jude 14the holy one of the Lord,
Num. 16:31, 32; Deut. 11:6 the earth opened and swallowed up Dathan,
and covered the company of Abiram.
Fire also broke out in their company;
the flame burned up the wicked.
19They #Ex. 32:4; Deut. 9:8; Acts 7:41made a calf in Horeb
and worshiped a metal image.
20They #Jer. 2:11; [Rom. 1:23]exchanged the glory of God#106:20 Hebrew exchanged their glory
for the image of an ox that eats grass.
21They #ver. 7, 13; Ps. 78:11; Deut. 32:18forgot God, their Savior,
who had done great things in Egypt,
22wondrous works in #Ps. 105:23, 27; [Ps. 78:51]the land of Ham,
and awesome deeds by the Red Sea.
23Therefore #Ex. 32:10; Deut. 9:14; Ezek. 20:8 he said he would destroy them—
had not Moses, his #Ps. 105:6 chosen one,
stood in the breach before him,
to turn away his wrath from destroying them.
24Then they #Num. 14:31 despised #Zech. 7:14 the pleasant land,
having #Deut. 1:32; 9:23no faith in his promise.
25They #Num. 14:2; Deut. 1:27murmured in their tents,
and did not obey the voice of the Lord.
26Therefore he #Ex. 6:8; Num. 14:30; Deut. 32:40; Ezek. 20:6, 15, 23; [Ps. 95:11]raised his hand and swore to them
that he would make them fall in the wilderness,
27and would make their offspring fall among the nations,
# See Ps. 44:11 scattering them among the lands.
28Then they #Num. 25:3; Hos. 9:10 yoked themselves to the #Num. 25:3; Hos. 9:10 Baal of Peor,
and ate sacrifices offered to #Isa. 8:19the dead;
29they provoked the Lord to anger with their deeds,
and a plague broke out among them.
30Then #Num. 25:7, 8Phinehas stood up and intervened,
and the plague was stayed.
31And that was #[Gen. 15:6]; See Num. 25:10-13counted to him as righteousness
from generation to generation forever.
32They #See Num. 20:2-13; Deut. 1:37angered him at the waters of Meribah,
and it went ill with Moses on their account,
33for they #Ps. 107:11; [Ps. 78:40; Isa. 63:10] made his spirit bitter,#106:33 Or they rebelled against God’s Spirit
and he #Num. 20:10spoke rashly with his lips.
34They did not #See Judg. 1:21, 27-36 destroy the peoples,
Deut. 7:2, 16; Judg. 2:2 as the Lord commanded them,
35but they #Judg. 3:5, 6; [Ezra 9:2]mixed with the nations
and learned to do as they did.
36They served their idols,
which became #Ex. 23:33; Deut. 7:16; Judg. 2:3a snare to them.
37They #2 Kgs. 16:3; Isa. 57:5; Ezek. 16:20; 20:26 sacrificed their sons
and their daughters to #Deut. 32:17; [1 Cor. 10:20]the demons;
38they poured out innocent blood,
the blood of their sons and daughters,
whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan,
and the land was #Isa. 24:5polluted with blood.
39Thus they #Ezek. 20:18, 30, 31 became unclean by their acts,
and #See Ps. 73:27played the whore in their deeds.
40Then #Ps. 78:59, 62; Judg. 2:14 the anger of the Lord was kindled against #See Ps. 28:9his people,
and he abhorred his #See Ps. 28:9heritage;
41he #Neh. 9:27gave them into the hand of the nations,
so that those who hated them ruled over them.
42Their enemies #Judg. 4:3; 10:12oppressed them,
and they were brought into subjection under their power.
Judg. 2:16 Many times he delivered them,
but they were rebellious in their #See Ps. 81:12 purposes
and were #Lev. 26:39brought low through their iniquity.
44Nevertheless, he looked upon their distress,
when he #Judg. 3:9; 4:3; 6:7; 10:10heard their cry.
45For their sake he #Ps. 105:8; Lev. 26:42 remembered his covenant,
and #See Ps. 90:13 relented according to #ver. 7; Ps. 51:1; 69:16; Isa. 63:7; Lam. 3:32the abundance of his steadfast love.
46He caused them to be #1 Kgs. 8:50; 2 Chr. 30:9; Ezra 9:9; Neh. 1:11; Jer. 42:12pitied
by all those who held them captive.
47 # For ver. 47, 48, see 1 Chr. 16:35, 36 Save us, O Lord our God,
and #See Ps. 107:3gather us from among the nations,
that we may give thanks to your holy name
and glory in your praise.
48 # See Ps. 41:13 Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel,
from everlasting to everlasting!
# See Ps. 41:13 And let all the people say, “Amen!”
# See Ps. 104:35 Praise the Lord!