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Psalms 106

1 Praise the Lord.(1)
     Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
     his love endures forever.
2 Who can proclaim the mighty acts of the Lord
     or fully declare his praise?
3 Blessed are they who maintain justice,
     who constantly do what is right.
4 Remember me, O Lord, when you show favor to your people,
     come to my aid when you save them,
5 that I may enjoy the prosperity of your chosen ones,
     that I may share in the joy of your nation
     and join your inheritance in giving praise.
6 We have sinned, even as our fathers did;
     we have done wrong and acted wickedly.
7 When our fathers were in Egypt,
     they gave no thought to your miracles;
they did not remember your many kindnesses,
     and they rebelled by the sea, the Red Sea.(2)
8 Yet he saved them for his name's sake,
     to make his mighty power known.
9 He rebuked the Red Sea, and it dried up;
     he led them through the depths as through a desert.
10 He saved them from the hand of the foe;
     from the hand of the enemy he redeemed them.
11 The waters covered their adversaries;
     not one of them survived.
12 Then they believed his promises
     and sang his praise.
13 But they soon forgot what he had done
     and did not wait for his counsel.
14 In the desert they gave in to their craving;
     in the wasteland they put God to the test.
15 So he gave them what they asked for,
     but sent a wasting disease upon them.
16 In the camp they grew envious of Moses
     and of Aaron, who was consecrated to the Lord.
17 The earth opened up and swallowed Dathan;
     it buried the company of Abiram.
18 Fire blazed among their followers;
     a flame consumed the wicked.
19 At Horeb they made a calf
     and worshiped an idol cast from metal.
20 They exchanged their Glory
     for an image of a bull, which eats grass.
21 They forgot the God who saved them,
     who had done great things in Egypt,
22 miracles in the land of Ham
     and awesome deeds by the Red Sea.
23 So he said he would destroy them--
     had not Moses, his chosen one,
stood in the breach before him
     to keep his wrath from destroying them.
24 Then they despised the pleasant land;
     they did not believe his promise.
25 They grumbled in their tents
     and did not obey the Lord.
26 So he swore to them with uplifted hand
     that he would make them fall in the desert,
27 make their descendants fall among the nations
     and scatter them throughout the lands.
28 They yoked themselves to the Baal of Peor
     and ate sacrifices offered to lifeless gods;
29 they provoked the Lord to anger by their wicked deeds,
     and a plague broke out among them.
30 But Phinehas stood up and intervened,
     and the plague was checked.
31 This was credited to him as righteousness
     for endless generations to come.
32 By the waters of Meribah they angered the Lord,
     and trouble came to Moses because of them;
33 for they rebelled against the Spirit of God,
     and rash words came from Moses' lips.(3)
34 They did not destroy the peoples
     as the Lord had commanded them,
35 but they mingled with the nations
     and adopted their customs.
36 They worshiped their idols,
     which became a snare to them.
37 They sacrificed their sons
     and their daughters to demons.
38 They shed innocent blood,
     the blood of their sons and daughters,
whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan,
     and the land was desecrated by their blood.
39 They defiled themselves by what they did;
     by their deeds they prostituted themselves.
40 Therefore the Lord was angry with his people
     and abhorred his inheritance.
41 He handed them over to the nations,
     and their foes ruled over them.
42 Their enemies oppressed them
     and subjected them to their power.
43 Many times he delivered them,
     but they were bent on rebellion
     and they wasted away in their sin.
44 But he took note of their distress
     when he heard their cry;
45 for their sake he remembered his covenant
     and out of his great love he relented.
46 He caused them to be pitied
     by all who held them captive.
47 Save us, O Lord our God,
     and gather us from the nations,
that we may give thanks to your holy name
     and glory in your praise.
48 Praise be to the LORD, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting. Let all the people say, "Amen!" Praise the LORD.