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Psalm 106 Expanded Bible (EXB)

Israel’s Failure to Trust God

106 Praise the Lord!

Thank the Lord because he is good.
    His ·love [loyalty] continues forever.
·No one [L Who…?] can tell all the mighty things the Lord has done;
    ·no one [L who…?] can ·speak [declare] all his praise.
·Happy [Blessed] are those who ·do [keep; observe; guard] ·right [justice],
    who do what is ·fair [righteous] at all times.

Lord, remember me when you ·are kind [show favor] to your people;
    ·help [come to] me when you ·save them [give them victory].
Let me see the ·good things you do for [prosperity of] your chosen people.
    Let me ·be happy [rejoice] along with your ·happy [rejoicing] nation;
let me join your ·own people [inheritance] in praising you.

We have sinned just as our ·ancestors [fathers] did.
    We have done wrong; we have done evil.
Our ·ancestors [fathers] in Egypt
    did not ·learn [grow in wisdom] from your ·miracles [wonderful acts].
They did not remember all your ·kindnesses [loyalty],
    so they ·turned [rebelled] against you at the ·Red [or Reed] Sea [78:13; Ex. 14–15].
But the Lord ·saved them [gave them victory] ·for his own sake [L because of his name],
    to ·show [reveal] his great power.
He ·commanded [reprimanded; rebuked] the ·Red [or Reed] Sea [v. 7], and it dried up.
    He led them through the deep sea as if it were a ·desert [wilderness].
10 He ·saved them [gave them victory over] from those who hated them.
    He ·saved [redeemed] them from the ·power [hand] of their enemies,
11 and the water covered their foes.
    Not one of them ·escaped [L was left].
12 Then the people ·believed what the Lord said [L had faith in his word],
    and they sang praises to him.

13 But they quickly forgot what he had done;
    they did not wait for his ·advice [counsel].
14 They ·became greedy for food [developed deep cravings] in the ·desert [wilderness; Num. 11],
    and they tested God ·there [L in desolate places; Ex. 17:7].
15 So he gave them what they ·wanted [asked for],
    but he also sent ·a terrible disease [a wasting sickness; emaciation] among them [Num. 11:33–35].

16 The people in the camp were jealous of Moses
    and of Aaron, the holy ·priest [one] of the Lord.
17 Then the ground opened up and swallowed Dathan
    and closed over Abiram’s ·group [assembly].
18 A fire burned among their ·followers [congregation],
    and flames burned up the wicked [Num. 16].

19 The people made a gold calf at ·Mount Sinai [L Horeb; C another name for Sinai]
    and ·worshiped [bowed down to] a metal statue [Ex. 32; Deut. 9:7–17].
20 They exchanged their ·glorious God [L glory; C God’s manifest presence]
    for ·a statue [the image] of a bull that eats grass.
21 They forgot the God who ·saved them [had given them victory],
    who had done great things in Egypt,
22 who had done miracles in the land of Ham [C Egypt]
    and amazing things by the ·Red [or Reed] Sea [v. 7].
23 So God said he would destroy them.
    But Moses, his chosen one, stood ·before him [L in the breech before him]
and ·stopped God’s anger from destroying them [calmed his destructive wrath; Ex. 32:30—33:23; Deut. 9:18–21].

24 Then they refused to go into the ·beautiful land of Canaan [desired/coveted land];
    they did not ·believe what God promised [L trust his word; Num. 14:1–12].
25 They ·grumbled [complained] in their tents [Deut. 1:27; 1 Cor. 10:10]
    and did not ·obey [L listen to] the Lord.
26 So he ·swore [L lifted his hand; C an oath-taking gesture] to them
    that ·they would die [L he would make them fall] in the ·desert [wilderness].
27 He ·said their children would be killed by [L would make their seed fall to] other nations
    and that they would be scattered among other countries [C as happened in the exile; Num. 14:27–35].

28 They ·joined in worshiping [L yoked themselves to] Baal at Peor
    and ate ·meat that had been sacrificed to lifeless statues [L sacrifices to the dead; Num. 25].
29 They ·made the Lord angry [L provoked him] by what they did,
    so ·many people became sick with a terrible disease [plague broke out among them].
30 But Phinehas ·prayed to the Lord [L stood and prayed],
    and the ·disease [plague] ·stopped [was restrained; Num. 25:6–9].
31 ·Phinehas did what was right [L It was counted/credited to him as righteousness],
    ·and it will be remembered from now on [L throughout the generations, forever; Num. 25:10–13; Mal. 2:4–6].

32 The people also made the Lord angry at Meribah [81:7; 95:8],
    and Moses was in trouble because of them.
33 The people ·turned [rebelled] against ·the Spirit of God [L his Spirit/spirit],
    so Moses ·spoke without stopping to think [L chattered with his lips; Num. 20:10–11].

34 The people did not destroy the other nations
    as the Lord had told them to do [Deut. 7:16; 20:17–18].
35 Instead, they mixed with the other nations
    and learned their ·customs [deeds; Judg. 3:5–6].
36 They ·worshiped [L served] other nations’ idols [Judg. 2:19]
    and were ·trapped by them [L a snare to them].
37 They even killed their sons and daughters
    as sacrifices to demons [Lev. 18:21; Deut. 12:31; 2 Kin. 16:1; 21:6; 23:10; Jer. 7:31; Ezek. 16:20–21; 20:31; 1 Cor. 10:20].
38 They ·killed [L spilled the blood of] innocent people,
    their own sons and daughters,
as sacrifices to the idols of Canaan [Jer. 19:4].
    So the land was ·made unholy [polluted] by their blood.
39 The people became ·unholy [unclean; C ritually] by their ·sins [L acts];
    they ·were unfaithful to God in [prostituted themselves by] what they did.

40 So the Lord became angry with his people
    and ·hated [was disgusted with] his own ·children [L inheritance].
41 He ·handed them over to [L gave them over to the hand/power of] other nations
    and let ·their enemies [L those who hated them] ·rule over [dominate] them.
42 Their enemies ·were cruel to [oppressed] them
    and ·kept them [they were brought into subjection] under their ·power [L hand].
43 The Lord ·saved [rescued] his people many times,
    but they continued to ·turn [rebel] against him.
So they ·became even more wicked [L were brought low by their iniquity].

44 But God saw their ·misery [distress]
    when he heard their cry.
45 He remembered his ·agreement [treaty; covenant] with them,
    and he felt ·sorry [compassion] for them because of his great ·love [loyalty].
46 He caused them to be ·pitied [shown mercy/compassion]
    by those who held them captive.

47 Lord our God, ·save us [give us victory]
    and ·bring us back [gather us] from other nations [C perhaps from the exile].
Then we will ·thank [praise] ·you [L your holy name]
    and will ·gladly praise you [glory in your praise].

48 ·Praise [Bless] the Lord, the God of Israel.
    He ·always was and always will be [is from everlasting to everlasting].
Let all the people say, “Amen!”

Praise the Lord!

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