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Psalm 106

Praise the Lord;
   O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good :
 and his mercy endures for ever.
Who can express the mighty acts of the Lord :
 or fully voice his praise?
Blessed are those who act according to justice :
 who at all times do the right.
Remember me, O Lord,
   when you visit your people with your favour :
 and come to me also with your salvation,
That I may see the prosperity of your chosen :
 that I may rejoice with the rejoicing of your people,
   and exult with those who are your own.
We have sinned like our fathers :
 we have acted perversely and done wrong.
Our fathers when they were in Egypt :
 took no heed of your wonders;
They did not remember the multitude of your loving-kindnesses :
 but they rebelled at the Red Sea.
Nevertheless, he saved them for his name’s sake :
 that he might make known his power.
He commanded the Red Sea, and it dried up :
 and he led them through the deep as through a desert.
He delivered them from the hand of their adversary :
 and redeemed them from the power of the enemy.
The waters closed over their oppressors :
 so that not one was left alive.
Then they believed his words :
 and sang him songs of praise.
But in a little while they forgot what he had done :
 and would wait for his counsel no more.
Greed took hold of them in the desert :
 and they put God to the test in the wilderness.
So he gave them that which they desired :
 but sent a wasting sickness among them.
Then they grew envious of Moses in the camp :
 and of Aaron, the holy one of the Lord;
Whereupon the earth opened and swallowed up Dathan :
 it closed over the company of Abiram;
Fire flared out against their number :
 and flame devoured the ungodly.
At Horeb they made themselves a calf :
 and bowed down in worship to an image.
And so they exchanged the glory of God :
 for the likeness of an ox that eats hay.
They forgot God who was their saviour :
 that had done such great things in Egypt,
Who had worked his wonders in the land of Ham :
 and his terrible deeds at the Red Sea.
Therefore he thought to destroy them :
 had not Moses his servant stood before him in the breach,
   to turn away his wrath from destroying them.
Then they despised the pleasant land :
 and put no faith in his promise,
But murmured in their tents :
 and would not obey the voice of the Lord.
So he lifted his hand to swear an oath against them :
 that he would strike them down in the wilderness,
And cast out their children among the nations :
 and scatter them through all the lands.
Then they joined themselves to the Baal of Peor :
 and ate things sacrificed to gods that have no life.
They provoked him to anger with their wanton deeds :
 and plague broke out among them.
Then stood up Phinehas and interposed :
 and so the plague was ended;
And that was counted to him for righteousness :
 throughout all generations for evermore.
They angered God also at the waters of Meribah :
 so that Moses suffered for their misdeeds;
For they had embittered his spirit :
 and he spoke rashly with his lips.
They did not destroy the peoples :
 as the Lord had commanded them to do,
But they mingled themselves with the heathen :
 and learned to follow their ways.
They worshipped foreign idols :
 and these became their snare,
So that they sacrificed their sons :
 and their own daughters to demons.
They shed innocent blood :
 even the blood of their own sons and daughters,
Whom they offered to the idols of Canaan :
 and the land was defiled with blood.
They made themselves foul by their acts :
 and with wanton deeds whored after strange gods.
Then was the wrath of the Lord
   kindled against his people :
 and he loathed his own possession;
He gave them into the hands of the nations :
 and their adversaries ruled over them.
Their enemies became their oppressors :
 and they were brought into subjection
   beneath their power.
Many a time he saved them :
 but they rebelled against him to follow their own designs
   and were brought down by their wickedness.
Nevertheless, he looked on their distress :
 when he heard their loud crying.
He remembered his covenant with them :
 and relented, according to the abundance of his loving-kindness.
And he caused them to be pitied :
 even by those that held them captive.
Save us, O Lord our God,
   and gather us from among the nations :
 that we may give thanks to your holy name,
   and make our boast in your praises.
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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