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A Nation Asks for Forgiveness

106 We will celebrate
    and praise you, Lord!
    You are good to us,
    and your love never fails.
No one can praise you enough
    for all of the mighty things
    you have done.
You bless those people
who are honest and fair
    in everything they do.

Remember me, Lord,
when you show kindness
    by saving your people.
Let me prosper with the rest
    of your chosen ones,
    as they celebrate with pride
    because they belong to you.

We and our ancestors
    have sinned terribly.

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19 At Horeb your people
made and worshiped
    the statue
20     of a bull, instead of you,
    their glorious God.
21 You worked powerful miracles
    to save them from Egypt,
but they forgot about you
22     and the fearsome things
    you did at the Red Sea.[a]
23 You were angry and started
    to destroy them,
    but Moses, your chosen leader,
    begged you not to do it.

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  1. 106.7,9,22 Red Sea: Hebrew yam suph “Sea of Reeds,” one of the marshes or fresh water lakes near the eastern part of the Nile Delta. This identification is based on Exodus 13.17—14.9, which lists the towns on the route of the Israelites before crossing the sea. In the Greek translation of the Scriptures made about 200 (B).(C)., the “Sea of Reeds” was named “Red Sea.”