From the days of our ancestors(A) until now, our guilt has been great. Because of our sins, we and our kings and our priests have been subjected to the sword(B) and captivity,(C) to pillage and humiliation(D) at the hand of foreign kings, as it is today.

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We have sinned,(A) even as our ancestors(B) did;
    we have done wrong and acted wickedly.(C)
When our ancestors were in Egypt,
    they gave no thought(D) to your miracles;
they did not remember(E) your many kindnesses,
    and they rebelled by the sea,(F) the Red Sea.[a]
Yet he saved them(G) for his name’s sake,(H)
    to make his mighty power(I) known.
He rebuked(J) the Red Sea, and it dried up;(K)
    he led them through(L) the depths as through a desert.
10 He saved them(M) from the hand of the foe;(N)
    from the hand of the enemy he redeemed them.(O)
11 The waters covered(P) their adversaries;
    not one of them survived.
12 Then they believed his promises
    and sang his praise.(Q)

13 But they soon forgot(R) what he had done
    and did not wait for his plan to unfold.(S)
14 In the desert(T) they gave in to their craving;
    in the wilderness(U) they put God to the test.(V)
15 So he gave them(W) what they asked for,
    but sent a wasting disease(X) among them.

16 In the camp they grew envious(Y) of Moses
    and of Aaron, who was consecrated to the Lord.
17 The earth opened(Z) up and swallowed Dathan;(AA)
    it buried the company of Abiram.(AB)
18 Fire blazed(AC) among their followers;
    a flame consumed the wicked.
19 At Horeb they made a calf(AD)
    and worshiped an idol cast from metal.
20 They exchanged their glorious God(AE)
    for an image of a bull, which eats grass.
21 They forgot the God(AF) who saved them,
    who had done great things(AG) in Egypt,
22 miracles in the land of Ham(AH)
    and awesome deeds(AI) by the Red Sea.
23 So he said he would destroy(AJ) them—
    had not Moses, his chosen one,
stood in the breach(AK) before him
    to keep his wrath from destroying them.

24 Then they despised(AL) the pleasant land;(AM)
    they did not believe(AN) his promise.
25 They grumbled(AO) in their tents
    and did not obey the Lord.
26 So he swore(AP) to them with uplifted hand
    that he would make them fall in the wilderness,(AQ)
27 make their descendants fall among the nations
    and scatter(AR) them throughout the lands.

28 They yoked themselves to the Baal of Peor(AS)
    and ate sacrifices offered to lifeless gods;
29 they aroused the Lord’s anger(AT) by their wicked deeds,(AU)
    and a plague(AV) broke out among them.
30 But Phinehas(AW) stood up and intervened,
    and the plague was checked.(AX)
31 This was credited to him(AY) as righteousness
    for endless generations(AZ) to come.
32 By the waters of Meribah(BA) they angered the Lord,
    and trouble came to Moses because of them;
33 for they rebelled(BB) against the Spirit(BC) of God,
    and rash words came from Moses’ lips.[b](BD)

34 They did not destroy(BE) the peoples
    as the Lord had commanded(BF) them,
35 but they mingled(BG) with the nations
    and adopted their customs.
36 They worshiped their idols,(BH)
    which became a snare(BI) to them.
37 They sacrificed their sons(BJ)
    and their daughters to false gods.(BK)
38 They shed innocent blood,
    the blood of their sons(BL) and daughters,
whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan,
    and the land was desecrated by their blood.
39 They defiled themselves(BM) by what they did;
    by their deeds they prostituted(BN) themselves.

40 Therefore the Lord was angry(BO) with his people
    and abhorred his inheritance.(BP)
41 He gave them into the hands(BQ) of the nations,
    and their foes ruled over them.
42 Their enemies oppressed(BR) them
    and subjected them to their power.
43 Many times he delivered them,(BS)
    but they were bent on rebellion(BT)
    and they wasted away in their sin.
44 Yet he took note of their distress
    when he heard their cry;(BU)
45 for their sake he remembered his covenant(BV)
    and out of his great love(BW) he relented.(BX)
46 He caused all who held them captive
    to show them mercy.(BY)

47 Save us,(BZ) Lord our God,
    and gather us(CA) from the nations,
that we may give thanks(CB) to your holy name(CC)
    and glory in your praise.

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Footnotes

  1. Psalm 106:7 Or the Sea of Reeds; also in verses 9 and 22
  2. Psalm 106:33 Or against his spirit, / and rash words came from his lips

27 They say to wood,(A) ‘You are my father,’
    and to stone,(B) ‘You gave me birth.’
They have turned their backs(C) to me
    and not their faces;(D)
yet when they are in trouble,(E) they say,
    ‘Come and save(F) us!’

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17 Like a wind(A) from the east,
    I will scatter them before their enemies;
I will show them my back and not my face(B)
    in the day of their disaster.”

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35 “Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord says: Since you have forgotten(A) me and turned your back on me,(B) you must bear(C) the consequences of your lewdness and prostitution.”

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we have sinned(A) and done wrong.(B) We have been wicked and have rebelled; we have turned away(C) from your commands and laws.(D) We have not listened(E) to your servants the prophets,(F) who spoke in your name to our kings, our princes and our ancestors,(G) and to all the people of the land.

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