Psalm 106 Israel’s Unfaithfulness to God 106 1Hallelujah! Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His faithful love endures forever. 2Who can declare the Lord’s mighty acts or proclaim all the praise due Him? 3How happy are those who uphold justice, who practice righteousness at all times. 4Remember me, Lord, when You show favor to Your people. 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. 6Both we and our fathers have sinned; we have done wrong and have acted wickedly. 7Our fathers in Egypt did not grasp the significance of Your wonderful works or remember Your many acts of faithful love; instead, they rebelled by the sea—the Red Sea. 8Yet He saved them because of His name, to make His power known. 9He rebuked the Red Sea, and it dried up; He led them through the depths as through a desert. 10He saved them from the hand of the adversary; He redeemed them from the hand of the enemy. 11Water covered their foes; not one of them remained. 12Then they believed His promises and sang His praise. 13They soon forgot His works and would not wait for His counsel. 14They were seized with craving in the wilderness and tested God in the desert. 15He gave them what they asked for, but sent a wasting disease among them. 16In the camp they were envious of Moses and of Aaron, the Lord’s holy one. 17The earth opened up and swallowed Dathan; it covered the assembly of Abiram. 18Fire blazed throughout their assembly; flames consumed the wicked. 19At Horeb they made a calf and worshiped the cast metal image. 20They exchanged their glory[B][C] for the image of a grass-eating ox. 21They forgot God their Savior, who did great things in Egypt, 22wonderful works in the land of Ham,[D] awe-inspiring acts at the Red Sea. 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. 24They despised the pleasant land and did not believe His promise. 25They grumbled in their tents and did not listen to the Lord’s voice. 26So He raised His hand against them with an oath that He would make them fall in the desert 27and would disperse their descendants[E] among the nations, scattering them throughout the lands. 28They aligned themselves with Baal of Peor and ate sacrifices offered to lifeless gods.[F] 29They provoked the Lord with their deeds, and a plague broke out against them. 30But Phinehas stood up and intervened, and the plague was stopped. 31It was credited to him as righteousness throughout all generations to come. 32They angered the Lord at the waters of Meribah, and Moses suffered[G] because of them; 33for they embittered his spirit,[H] and he spoke rashly with his lips. 34They did not destroy the peoples as the Lord had commanded them 35but mingled with the nations and adopted their ways. 36They served their idols, which became a snare to them. 37They sacrificed their sons and daughters to demons. 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. 39They defiled themselves by their actions and prostituted themselves by their deeds. 40Therefore the Lord’s anger burned against His people, and He abhorred His own inheritance. 41He handed them over to the nations; those who hated them ruled them. 42Their enemies oppressed them, and they were subdued under their power. 43He rescued them many times, but they continued to rebel deliberately and were beaten down by their sin. 44When He heard their cry, He took note of their distress, 45remembered His covenant with them, and relented according to the riches of His faithful love. 46He caused them to be pitied before all their captors. 47Save us, Yahweh our God, and gather us from the nations, so that we may give thanks to Your holy name and rejoice in Your praise. 48May Yahweh, the God of Israel, be praised from everlasting to everlasting. Let all the people say, “Amen!” Hallelujah!
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