Psalms Chapter 106 |
Praise the Lord for He is good;
His steadfast love is eternal.
2Who can tell the mighty acts of the Lord,
proclaim all His praises?
3Happy are those who act justly,
who do right at all times.
4Be mindful of me, O Lord, when You favor Your people;
take note of me when You deliver them,
5that I may enjoy the prosperity of Your chosen ones,
share the joy of Your nation,
glory in Your very own people.
6We have sinned like our forefathers;
we have gone astray, done evil.
7Our forefathers in Egypt did not perceive Your wonders;
they did not remember Your abundant love,
but rebelled at the sea, at the Sea of Reeds.
8Yet He saved them, as befits His name,
to make known His might.
9He sent His blast against the Sea of Reeds;
it became dry;
He led them through the deep as through a wilderness.
10He delivered them from the foe,
redeemed them from the enemy.
11Water covered their adversaries;
not one of them was left.
12Then they believed His promise,
and sang His praises.
13But they soon forgot His deeds;
they would not wait to learn His plan.
14They were seized with craving in the wilderness,
and put God to the test in the wasteland.
15He gave them what they asked for,
then made them waste away.
16There was envy of Moses in the camp,
and of Aaron, the holy one of the Lord.
17The earth opened up and swallowed Dathan,
closed over the party of Abiram.
18A fire blazed among their party,
a flame that consumed the wicked.
19They made a calf at Horeb
and bowed down to a molten image.
20They exchanged their glory
for the image of a bull that feeds on grass.
21They forgot God who saved them,
who performed great deeds in Egypt,
22wondrous deeds in the land of Ham,
awesome deeds at the Sea of Reeds.
23He would have destroyed them
had not Moses His chosen one
confronted Him in the breach
to avert His destructive wrath.
24They rejected the desirable land,
and put no faith in His promise.
25They grumbled in their tents
and disobeyed the Lord.
26So He raised His hand in oath
to make them fall in the wilderness,
27to disperse their offspring among the nations
and scatter them through the lands.
28They attached themselves to Baal Peor,
ate sacrifices offered to the dead.
29They provoked anger by their deeds,
and a plague broke out among them.
30Phinehas stepped forth and intervened,
and the plague ceased.
31It was reckoned to his merit
for all generations, to eternity.
32They provoked wrath at the waters of Meribah
and Moses suffered on their account,
33because they rebelled against Him
and he spoke rashly.
34They did not destroy the nations
as the Lord had commanded them,
35but mingled with the nations
and learned their ways.
36They worshiped their idols,
which became a snare for them.
37Their own sons and daughters
they sacrificed to demons.
38They shed innocent blood,
the blood of their sons and daughters,
whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan;
so the land was polluted with bloodguilt.
39Thus they became defiled by their acts,
debauched through their deeds.
40The Lord was angry with His people
and He abhorred His inheritance.
41He handed them over to the nations;
their foes ruled them.
42Their enemies oppressed them
and they were subject to their power.
43He saved them time and again,
but they were deliberately rebellious,
and so they were brought low by their iniquity.
44When He saw that they were in distress,
when He heard their cry,
45He was mindful of His covenant
and in His great faithfulness relented.
46He made all their captors kindly disposed toward them.
47Deliver us, O Lord our God,
and gather us from among the nations,
to acclaim Your holy name,
to glory in Your praise.
48Blessed is the Lord, God of Israel,
From eternity to eternity.
Let all the people say, “Amen.”
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