Psalm 106(A)

Praise the Lord.[a](B)

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;(C)
    his love endures forever.(D)

Who can proclaim the mighty acts(E) of the Lord
    or fully declare his praise?
Blessed are those who act justly,(F)
    who always do what is right.(G)

Remember me,(H) Lord, when you show favor(I) to your people,
    come to my aid(J) when you save them,
that I may enjoy the prosperity(K) of your chosen ones,(L)
    that I may share in the joy(M) of your nation
    and join your inheritance(N) in giving praise.

We have sinned,(O) even as our ancestors(P) did;
    we have done wrong and acted wickedly.(Q)

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Footnotes

  1. Psalm 106:1 Hebrew Hallelu Yah; also in verse 48

19 At Horeb they made a calf(A)
    and worshiped an idol cast from metal.
20 They exchanged their glorious God(B)
    for an image of a bull, which eats grass.
21 They forgot the God(C) who saved them,
    who had done great things(D) in Egypt,
22 miracles in the land of Ham(E)
    and awesome deeds(F) by the Red Sea.
23 So he said he would destroy(G) them—
    had not Moses, his chosen one,
stood in the breach(H) before him
    to keep his wrath from destroying them.

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The Covenant Confirmed

24 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Come up to the Lord, you and Aaron,(A) Nadab and Abihu,(B) and seventy of the elders(C) of Israel. You are to worship at a distance, but Moses alone is to approach(D) the Lord; the others must not come near. And the people may not come up with him.”

When Moses went and told the people all the Lord’s words and laws,(E) they responded with one voice, “Everything the Lord has said we will do.”(F) Moses then wrote(G) down everything the Lord had said.

He got up early the next morning and built an altar(H) at the foot of the mountain and set up twelve stone pillars(I) representing the twelve tribes of Israel. Then he sent young Israelite men, and they offered burnt offerings(J) and sacrificed young bulls as fellowship offerings(K) to the Lord. Moses(L) took half of the blood(M) and put it in bowls, and the other half he splashed(N) against the altar. Then he took the Book of the Covenant(O) and read it to the people. They responded, “We will do everything the Lord has said; we will obey.”(P)

Moses then took the blood, sprinkled it on the people(Q) and said, “This is the blood of the covenant(R) that the Lord has made with you in accordance with all these words.”

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To the Elders and the Flock

To the elders among you, I appeal as a fellow elder(A) and a witness(B) of Christ’s sufferings who also will share in the glory to be revealed:(C) Be shepherds of God’s flock(D) that is under your care, watching over them—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be;(E) not pursuing dishonest gain,(F) but eager to serve; not lording it over(G) those entrusted to you, but being examples(H) to the flock. And when the Chief Shepherd(I) appears, you will receive the crown of glory(J) that will never fade away.(K)

In the same way, you who are younger, submit yourselves(L) to your elders. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility(M) toward one another, because,

“God opposes the proud
    but shows favor to the humble.”[a](N)

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Footnotes

  1. 1 Peter 5:5 Prov. 3:34

Final Greetings

12 With the help of Silas,[a](A) whom I regard as a faithful brother, I have written to you briefly,(B) encouraging you and testifying that this is the true grace of God. Stand fast in it.(C)

13 She who is in Babylon, chosen together with you, sends you her greetings, and so does my son Mark.(D) 14 Greet one another with a kiss of love.(E)

Peace(F) to all of you who are in Christ.

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Footnotes

  1. 1 Peter 5:12 Greek Silvanus, a variant of Silas