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Psalm 106

Israel Forgets


Praise the Lord.[a]

Give thanks to the Lord,
for he is good,
for his mercy endures forever.

Who can tell about the mighty deeds of the Lord?
Who can cause all his praise to be heard?
Blessed are those who defend justice,
who do what is right all the time.
Remember me, O Lord,
when you show favor to your people.
Visit me with your salvation,
so that I may experience the good that belongs to your chosen ones,
so that I may rejoice in the joy of your nation,
so that I may join in praise with the people that belongs to you.

Rebellion in Egypt

We have sinned along with our fathers.
We have become guilty. We have acted wickedly.
Our fathers in Egypt did not reflect on your wonders.
They did not remember your abundant mercies,
so they rebelled beside the sea, by the Red Sea.

God’s Grace

Nevertheless, he saved them for his name’s sake,
    to make his might known.
Then he rebuked the Red Sea, and it dried up.
He caused them to go through the deep sea as if it were a desert.
10 He saved them from the hand of the one who hated them.
He redeemed them from the hand of the enemy.
11 Then the waters covered their foes.
Not one of them remained.
12 Then they believed his words. They sang his praise.

Rebellions in the Wilderness

13 They quickly forgot his deeds.
They did not wait for his plan.
14 Because they were filled with craving in the wilderness,
they challenged God in the wasteland.
15 So he gave them what they asked for,
but he made them sick so they wasted away.

16 Then they grew jealous of Moses in the camp
and of Aaron, who was holy to the Lord.
17 The earth opened up and swallowed Dathan,
and it closed over the followers of Abiram.
18 Then fire burned up their followers.
Flames consumed the wicked.

19 They made a calf at Horeb,
and they bowed down to a thing cast from metal.
20 So they exchanged their Glory for a model of an ox that eats grass.
21 They forgot the God who saved them
    by doing great things in Egypt,
22     wonders in the land of Ham,
    awesome deeds beside the Red Sea.

God’s Grace

23 So he said he would destroy them.
But Moses, his chosen one, stood between God and the people
    to turn aside his wrath, so it did not destroy them.

More Rebellions in the Wilderness

24 Then they refused the pleasant land.
They did not believe his word.
25 They grumbled in their tents.
They did not listen to the voice of the Lord.
26 So he lifted up his hand and swore to them
    that he would make them fall in the wilderness,
27     and make their descendants fall among the nations,
    and he would scatter them throughout the lands.
28 Then they yoked themselves to the Baal of Peor,
and they ate sacrifices offered to dead gods.
29 They provoked the Lord by their actions,
and a plague broke out among them.
30 But Phinehas stood up and interceded for them,
and the plague was restrained.
31 So this was credited to him as righteousness
for generation after generation, to eternity.

32 Again by the waters of Meribah they provoked the Lord,
and trouble came on Moses because of them.
33 Because they rebelled against his Spirit,[b]
Moses spoke recklessly with his lips.

Rebellion Continues in the Land

34 They did not destroy the peoples
as the Lord had commanded them,
35 but they mixed with the nations,
and they learned to do what the nations did.
36 They also served their idols,
and the idols became a snare for them.
37 They also sacrificed their sons and daughters to demons.
38 They shed innocent blood,
the blood of their sons and daughters,
whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan.
So the land was polluted by their children’s blood,
39 and they made themselves unclean by what they did.
They prostituted themselves by their actions.

The Judgment

40 Therefore the Lord burned with anger against his people,
and he loathed the people who belonged to him.
41 So he handed them over to the nations,
and those who hated them ruled over them.
42 Then their enemies oppressed them,
and they had to submit to their power.
43 Many times he delivered them,
but they deliberately rebelled,
and they sank down in their guilt.

God’s Grace

44 But he looked on them in their distress when he heard their outcry.
45 So for their sake he remembered his covenant.
Because of his great mercy, he changed his course.
46 Then he caused all their captors to have pity on them.

Closing Prayer

47 Save us, O Lord our God, and gather us from the nations,
so that we may give thanks to your holy name and praise you confidently.

Closing Doxology

48 Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, from eternity to eternity,
and all the people say, “Amen!”
Praise the Lord.


  1. Psalm 106:1 Hebrew hallelu Yah
  2. Psalm 106:33 Or made his spirit bitter