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Psalm 105

God’s Faithfulness to Israel

O give thanks to the Lord; call on his name;
    make known his deeds among the peoples.(A)
Sing to him, sing praises to him;
    tell of all his wonderful works.(B)
Glory in his holy name;
    let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.(C)
Seek the Lord and his strength;
    seek his presence continually.(D)
Remember the wonderful works he has done,
    his miracles and the judgments he has uttered,(E)
O offspring of his servant Abraham,[a]
    children of Jacob, his chosen ones.

He is the Lord our God;
    his judgments are in all the earth.(F)
He is mindful of his covenant forever,
    of the word that he commanded for a thousand generations,
the covenant that he made with Abraham,
    his sworn promise to Isaac,(G)
10 which he confirmed to Jacob as a statute,
    to Israel as an everlasting covenant,(H)
11 saying, “To you I will give the land of Canaan
    as your portion for an inheritance.”(I)

12 When they were few in number,
    of little account and strangers in it,(J)
13 wandering from nation to nation,
    from one kingdom to another people,
14 he allowed no one to oppress them;
    he rebuked kings on their account,(K)
15 saying, “Do not touch my anointed ones;
    do my prophets no harm.”

16 When he summoned famine against the land
    and cut off every supply of bread,[b](L)
17 he had sent a man ahead of them,
    Joseph, who had been sold as a slave.(M)
18 His feet were hurt with fetters;
    his neck was put in a collar of iron;(N)
19 until what he had said came to pass,
    the word of the Lord kept testing him.(O)
20 The king sent and released him;
    the ruler of the peoples set him free.(P)
21 He made him lord of his house
    and ruler of all his possessions,(Q)
22 to instruct[c] his officials at his pleasure
    and to teach his elders wisdom.

23 Then Israel came to Egypt;
    Jacob lived as an alien in the land of Ham.(R)
24 And the Lord made his people very fruitful
    and made them stronger than their foes,(S)
25 whose hearts he then turned to hate his people,
    to deal craftily with his servants.(T)

26 He sent his servant Moses
    and Aaron, whom he had chosen.(U)
27 They performed his signs among them
    and miracles in the land of Ham.(V)
28 He sent darkness and made the land dark;
    they rebelled[d] against his words.(W)
29 He turned their waters into blood
    and caused their fish to die.(X)
30 Their land swarmed with frogs,
    even in the chambers of their kings.(Y)
31 He spoke, and there came swarms of flies
    and gnats throughout their country.(Z)
32 He gave them hail for rain
    and lightning that flashed through their land.(AA)
33 He struck their vines and fig trees
    and shattered the trees of their country.
34 He spoke, and the locusts came,
    and young locusts without number;(AB)
35 they devoured all the vegetation in their land
    and ate up the fruit of their ground.
36 He struck down all the firstborn in their land,
    the first issue of all their strength.(AC)

37 Then he brought Israel[e] out with silver and gold,
    and there was no one among their tribes who stumbled.(AD)
38 Egypt was glad when they departed,
    for dread of them had fallen upon it.(AE)
39 He spread a cloud for a covering
    and fire to give light by night.(AF)
40 They asked, and he brought quails
    and gave them food from heaven in abundance.(AG)
41 He opened the rock, and water gushed out;
    it flowed through the desert like a river.(AH)
42 For he remembered his holy promise
    and Abraham, his servant.(AI)

43 So he brought his people out with joy,
    his chosen ones with singing.
44 He gave them the lands of the nations,
    and they took possession of the wealth of the peoples,(AJ)
45 that they might keep his statutes
    and observe his laws.
Praise the Lord!(AK)

Psalm 106

A Confession of Israel’s Sins

Praise the Lord!
    O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,
    for his steadfast love endures forever.(AL)
Who can utter the mighty doings of the Lord
    or declare all his praise?(AM)
Happy are those who observe justice,
    who do righteousness at all times.(AN)

Remember us,[f] O Lord, when you show favor to your people;
    help us[g] when you deliver them,(AO)
that we may see the prosperity of your chosen ones,
    that we may rejoice in the gladness of your nation,
    that we may glory in your heritage.(AP)

Both we and our ancestors have sinned;
    we have committed iniquity, have done wickedly.(AQ)
Our ancestors, when they were in Egypt,
    did not consider your wonderful works;
they did not remember the abundance of your steadfast love
    but rebelled against the Most High[h] at the Red Sea.[i](AR)
Yet he saved them for his name’s sake,
    so that he might make known his mighty power.(AS)
He rebuked the Red Sea,[j] and it became dry;
    he led them through the deep as through a desert.(AT)
10 So he saved them from the hand of the foe
    and delivered them from the hand of the enemy.(AU)
11 The waters covered their adversaries;
    not one of them was left.(AV)
12 Then they believed his words;
    they sang his praise.(AW)

13 But they soon forgot his works;
    they did not wait for his counsel.(AX)
14 But they had a wanton craving in the wilderness
    and put God to the test in the desert;(AY)
15 he gave them what they asked
    but sent a wasting disease among them.(AZ)

16 They were jealous of Moses in the camp
    and of Aaron, the holy one of the Lord.(BA)
17 The earth opened and swallowed up Dathan
    and covered the faction of Abiram.(BB)
18 Fire also broke out in their company;
    the flame burned up the wicked.(BC)

19 They made a calf at Horeb
    and worshiped a cast image.(BD)
20 They exchanged the glory of God[k]
    for the image of an ox that eats grass.(BE)
21 They forgot God, their Savior,
    who had done great things in Egypt,(BF)
22 wondrous works in the land of Ham,
    and awesome deeds by the Red Sea.[l](BG)
23 Therefore he said he would destroy them—
    had not Moses, his chosen one,
stood in the breach before him,
    to turn away his wrath from destroying them.(BH)

24 Then they despised the pleasant land,
    having no faith in his promise.(BI)
25 They grumbled in their tents
    and did not obey the voice of the Lord.(BJ)
26 Therefore he raised his hand and swore to them
    that he would make them fall in the wilderness(BK)
27 and would disperse[m] their descendants among the nations,
    scattering them over the lands.(BL)

28 Then they attached themselves to the Baal of Peor
    and ate sacrifices offered to the dead;(BM)
29 they provoked the Lord to anger with their deeds,
    and a plague broke out among them.
30 Then Phinehas stood up and interceded,
    and the plague was stopped.(BN)
31 And that has been reckoned to him as righteousness
    from generation to generation forever.(BO)

32 They angered the Lord[n] at the waters of Meribah,
    and it went ill with Moses on their account,(BP)
33 for they made his spirit bitter,
    and he spoke words that were rash.(BQ)

34 They did not destroy the peoples,
    as the Lord had commanded them,(BR)
35 but they mingled with the nations
    and learned to do as they did.(BS)
36 They served their idols,
    which became a snare to them.(BT)
37 They sacrificed their sons
    and their daughters to the demons;(BU)
38 they poured out innocent blood,
    the blood of their sons and daughters,
whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan,
    and the land was polluted with blood.(BV)
39 Thus they became unclean by their acts
    and prostituted themselves in their doings.(BW)

40 Then the anger of the Lord was kindled against his people,
    and he abhorred his heritage;(BX)
41 he gave them into the hand of the nations,
    so that those who hated them ruled over them.(BY)
42 Their enemies oppressed them,
    and they were brought into subjection under their power.
43 Many times he delivered them,
    but they were rebellious in their purposes
    and were brought low through their iniquity.(BZ)
44 Nevertheless, he regarded their distress
    when he heard their cry.(CA)
45 For their sake he remembered his covenant
    and showed compassion according to the abundance of his steadfast love.(CB)
46 He caused them to be pitied
    by all who held them captive.(CC)

47 Save us, O Lord our God,
    and gather us from among the nations,
that we may give thanks to your holy name
    and glory in your praise.(CD)

48 Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel,
    from everlasting to everlasting.
And let all the people say, “Amen.”
    Praise the Lord!(CE)


  1. 105.6 Or Israel
  2. 105.16 Heb staff of bread
  3. 105.22 Gk Syr Jerome: Heb to bind
  4. 105.28 Cn Compare Gk Syr: Heb they did not rebel
  5. 105.37 Heb them
  6. 106.4 Heb mss Gk: MT me
  7. 106.4 Heb mss Gk: MT me
  8. 106.7 Cn: Heb rebelled at the sea
  9. 106.7 Or Sea of Reeds
  10. 106.9 Or Sea of Reeds
  11. 106.20 Compare Gk mss: Heb exchanged their glory
  12. 106.22 Or Sea of Reeds
  13. 106.27 Syr: Heb cause to fall
  14. 106.32 Heb him

On Divisions in the Corinthian Church

And so, brothers and sisters, I could not speak to you as spiritual people but rather as fleshly, as infants in Christ.(A) I fed you with milk, not solid food, for you were not ready for solid food. Even now you are still not ready,(B) for you are still fleshly. For as long as there is jealousy and quarreling[a] among you, are you not fleshly and behaving according to human inclinations?(C) For when one says, “I belong to Paul,” and another, “I belong to Apollos,” are you not all too human?(D)

What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you came to believe, as the Lord assigned to each. I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and each will receive wages according to their own labor.(E) For we are God’s coworkers, working together; you are God’s field, God’s building.(F)

10 According to the grace of God given to me, like a wise master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building on it. Let each builder choose with care how to build on it.(G) 11 For no one can lay any foundation other than the one that has been laid; that foundation is Jesus Christ.(H) 12 Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw— 13 the work of each builder will become visible, for the day[b] will disclose it, because it will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each has done.(I) 14 If the work that someone has built on the foundation survives, the builder will receive a wage. 15 If the work is burned up, the builder will suffer loss; the builder will be saved, but only as through fire.

16 Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?[c](J) 17 If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple.

18 Do not deceive yourselves. If you think that you are wise in this age, you should become fools so that you may become wise.(K) 19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written,

“He catches the wise in their craftiness,”(L)

20 and again,

“The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise,
    that they are futile.”

21 So let no one boast about people.[d] For all things are yours,(M) 22 whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or the present or the future—all are yours, 23 and you are Christ’s, and Christ is God’s.(N)


  1. 3.3 Other ancient authorities add and dissensions
  2. 3.13 Or the Day
  3. 3.16 In 3.16 and 3.17 the Greek word for you is plural
  4. 3.21 Or about human things