Old Testament

Psalm 106
Psalm 106
Israel Forgets
1Praise the Lord![]
Give thanks to the Lord,
for he is good,
for his mercy endures forever.
2Who can tell about the mighty deeds of the Lord?
Who can cause all his praise to be heard?
3Blessed are those who defend justice,
who do what is right all the time.
4Remember me, O Lord,
when you show favor to your people.
Visit me with your salvation,
5so that I may experience the good that belongs to your chosen ones,
so that I may rejoice in the joy of your nation,
that I may join in praise with the people that belong to you.
Rebellion in Egypt
6We have sinned along with our fathers.
We have become guilty. We have acted wickedly.
7Our 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
8Nevertheless, he saved them for his name's sake,
to make his might known.
9Then he rebuked the Red Sea, and it dried up.
He caused them to go through the deep sea as if it were a desert.
10He saved them from the hand of the one who hated them.
He redeemed them from the hand of the enemy.
11Then the waters covered their foes.
Not one of them remained.
12Then they believed his words. They sang his praise.
Rebellions in the Wilderness
13They quickly forgot his deeds.
They did not wait for his plan.
14Because they were filled with craving in the wilderness,
they challenged God in the wasteland.
15So he gave them what they asked for,
but he made them sick so they wasted away.
16Then they grew jealous of Moses in the camp
and of Aaron, who was holy to the Lord.
17The earth opened up and swallowed Dathan,
and it closed over the followers of Abiram.
18Then fire burned up their followers.
Flames consumed the wicked.
19They made a calf at Horeb,
and they bowed down to a thing cast from metal.
20So they exchanged their Glory for a model of an ox that eats grass.
21They forgot the God who saved them
by doing great things in Egypt,
22wonders in the land of Ham,
awesome deeds beside the Red Sea.
God's Grace
23So 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
24Then they refused the pleasant land.
They did not believe his word.
25They grumbled in their tents.
They did not listen to the voice of the Lord.
26So he lifted up his hand and swore to them
that he would make them fall in the wilderness,
27and make their descendants fall among the nations,
and he would scatter them throughout the lands.
28Then they yoked themselves to the Baal of Peor,
and they ate sacrifices offered to dead gods.
29They provoked the Lord by their actions,
and a plague broke out among them.
30But Phinehas stood up and interceded for them,
and the plague was restrained.
31So this was credited to him as righteousness
for generation after generation, to eternity.
32Again by the waters of Meribah they provoked the Lord,
and trouble came on Moses because of them.
33Because they rebelled against his Spirit,[]
Moses spoke recklessly with his lips.
Rebellion Continues in the Land
34They did not destroy the peoples
as the Lord had commanded them,
35but they mixed with the nations,
and they learned to do what the nations did.
36They also served their idols,
and the idols became a snare for them.
37They also sacrificed their sons and daughters to demons.
38They 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,
39and they made themselves unclean by what they did.
They prostituted themselves by their actions.
The Judgment
40Therefore the Lord burned with anger against his people,
and he loathed the people who belonged to him.
41So he handed them over to the nations,
and those who hated them ruled over them.
42Then their enemies oppressed them,
and they had to submit to their power.
43Many times he delivered them,
but they deliberately rebelled,
and they sank down in their guilt.
God's Grace
44But he looked on them in their distress when he heard their outcry.
45So for their sake he remembered his covenant.
Because of his great mercy he changed his course.
46Then he caused all their captors to have pity on them.
Closing Prayer
47Save us, O Lord our God, and gather us from the nations,
so we give thanks to your holy name and praise you confidently.
Closing Doxology
48Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, from eternity to eternity,
and all the people say, “Amen!”
Praise the Lord!