|Praise the LORD! |
O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good;
for his steadfast love endures for ever!
|BOOK 5. Psalm 106(v105)|
|Who can utter the mighty doings of the LORD, |
or show forth all his praise?
|Blessed are they who observe justice, |
who do righteousness at all times!
|Remember me, O LORD, when thou showest favor to thy people; |
help me when thou deliverest them;
|that I may see the prosperity of thy chosen ones,|
that I may rejoice in the gladness of thy nation,
that I may glory with thy heritage.
|Both we and our fathers have sinned; |
we have committed iniquity,
we have done wickedly.
|Our fathers, when they were in Egypt, did not consider thy wonderful works; they did not remember the abundance of thy steadfast love, |
but rebelled against the Most High at the Red Sea.
|Yet he saved them for his name's sake, |
that he might make known his mighty power.
|He rebuked the Red Sea, and it became dry; |
and he led them through the deep as through a desert.
|So he saved them from the hand of the foe, |
and delivered them from the power of the enemy.
|And the waters covered their adversaries; |
not one of them was left.
|Then they believed his words; |
they sang his praise.
|But they soon forgot his works; |
they did not wait for his counsel.
|But they had a wanton craving in the wilderness, |
and put God to the test in the desert;
|he gave them what they asked, |
but sent a wasting disease among them.
|When men in the camp were jealous of Moses and Aaron, |
the holy one of the LORD,
|the earth opened and swallowed up Dathan, |
and covered the company of Abi'ram.
|Fire also broke out in their company; |
the flame burned up the wicked.
|They made a calf in Horeb and worshipped a molten image.|
|They exchanged the glory of God for the image of an ox that eats grass.|
|They forgot God, their Saviour, |
who had done great things in Egypt,
|wondrous works in the land of Ham, |
and terrible things by the Red Sea.
|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.
|Then they despised the pleasant land, |
having no faith in his promise.
|They murmured in their tents, |
and did not obey the voice of the LORD.
|Therefore he raised his hand and swore to them |
that he would make them fall in the wilderness,
|and would disperse their descendants among the nations, |
scattering them over the lands.
|Then they attached themselves to the Ba'al of Pe'or, |
and ate sacrifices offered to the dead;
|they provoked the LORD to anger with their doings, |
and a plague broke out among them.
|Then Phin'ehas stood up and interposed, |
and the plague was stayed.
|And that has been reckoned to him as righteousness |
from generation to generation for ever.
|They angered him at the waters of Mer'ibah, |
and it went ill with Moses on their account;
|for they made his spirit bitter, |
and he spoke words that were rash.
|They did not destroy the peoples, |
as the LORD commanded them,
|but they mingled with the nations |
and learned to do as they did.
|They served their idols, |
which became a snare to them.
|They sacrificed their sons |
and their daughters to the demons;
|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.
|Thus they became unclean by their acts, |
and played the harlot in their doings.
|Then the anger of the LORD was kindled against his people, |
and he abhorred his heritage;
|he gave them into the hand of the nations, |
so that those who hated them ruled over them.
|Their enemies oppressed them, |
and they were brought into subjection under their power.
|Many times he delivered them, |
but they were rebellious in their purposes,
and were brought low through their iniquity.
|Nevertheless he regarded their distress, |
when he heard their cry.
|He remembered for their sake his covenant, |
and relented according to the abundance of his steadfast love.
|He caused them to be pitied |
by all those who held them captive.
|Save us, O LORD our God, and gather us from among the nations, |
that we may give thanks to thy holy name and glory in thy praise.
|Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel, |
from everlasting to everlasting!
And let all the people say, "Amen!"
Praise the LORD!
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