106 1Hallelujah! Thank God! And why? Because he’s good, because his love lasts. 2But who on earth can do it— declaim God’s mighty acts, broadcast all his praises? 3You’re one happy man when you do what’s right, one happy woman when you form the habit of justice. 4Remember me, God, when you enjoy your people; include me when you save them; 5I want to see your chosen succeed, celebrate with your celebrating nation, join the Hallelujahs of your pride and joy! 6We’ve sinned a lot, both we and our parents; We’ve fallen short, hurt a lot of people. 7After our parents left Egypt, they took your wonders for granted, forgot your great and wonderful love. They were barely beyond the Red Sea when they defied the High God 8—the very place he saved them! —the place he revealed his amazing power! 9He rebuked the Red Sea so that it dried up on the spot —he paraded them right through! —no one so much as got wet feet! 10He saved them from a life of oppression, pried them loose from the grip of the enemy. 11Then the waters flowed back on their oppressors; there wasn’t a single survivor. 12Then they believed his words were true and broke out in songs of praise. 13But it wasn’t long before they forgot the whole thing, wouldn’t wait to be told what to do. 14They only cared about pleasing themselves in that desert, provoked God with their insistent demands. 15He gave them exactly what they asked for— but along with it they got an empty heart. 16One day in camp some grew jealous of Moses, also of Aaron, holy priest of God. 17The ground opened and swallowed Dathan, then buried Abiram’s gang. 18Fire flared against that rebel crew and torched them to a cinder. 19They cast in metal a bull calf at Horeb and worshiped the statue they’d made. 20They traded the Glory for a cheap piece of sculpture—a grass–chewing bull! 21They forgot God, their very own Savior, who turned things around in Egypt, 22Who created a world of wonders in the Land of Ham, who gave that stunning performance at the Red Sea. 23Fed up, God decided to get rid of them— and except for Moses, his chosen, he would have. But Moses stood in the gap and deflected God’s anger, prevented it from destroying them utterly. 24They went on to reject the Blessed Land, didn’t believe a word of what God promised. 25They found fault with the life they had and turned a deaf ear to God’s voice. 26Exasperated, God swore that he’d lay them low in the desert, 27Scattering their children hither and yon, strewing them all over the earth. 28Then they linked up with Baal Peor, attending funeral banquets and eating idol food. 29That made God so angry that a plague spread through their ranks; 30Phinehas stood up and pled their case and the plague was stopped. 31This was counted to his credit; his descendants will never forget it. 32They angered God again at Meribah Springs; this time Moses got mixed up in their evil; 33Because they defied God yet again, Moses exploded and lost his temper. 34They didn’t wipe out those godless cultures as ordered by God; 35Instead they intermarried with the heathen, and in time became just like them. 36They worshiped their idols, were caught in the trap of idols. 37They sacrificed their sons and daughters at the altars of demon gods. 38They slit the throats of their babies, murdered their infant girls and boys. They offered their babies to Canaan’s gods; the blood of their babies stained the land. 39Their way of life stank to high heaven; they lived like whores. 40And God was furious—a wildfire anger; he couldn’t stand even to look at his people. 41He turned them over to the heathen so that the people who hated them ruled them. 42Their enemies made life hard for them; they were tyrannized under that rule. 43Over and over God rescued them, but they never learned— until finally their sins destroyed them. 44Still, when God saw the trouble they were in and heard their cries for help, 45He remembered his Covenant with them, and, immense with love, took them by the hand. 46He poured out his mercy on them while their captors looked on, amazed. 47Save us, God, our God! Gather us back out of exile So we can give thanks to your holy name and join in the glory when you are praised! Bless God, Israel&rsquol;s God! 48Bless now, bless always! Oh! Let everyone say Amen! Hallelujah!
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