Psalm 106
Israel’s Unfaithfulness to God
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
his faithful love endures forever.106:1 1Ch 16:34,41; Ps 100:5
2Who can declare the Lord’s mighty acts
or proclaim all the praise due him?106:2 Ps 145:4,12; 150:2
3How happy are those who uphold justice,
who practice righteousness at all times.106:3 Ps 15:2

4Remember me, Lord,
when you show favor to your people.106:4 Ps 119:132
Come to me with your salvation
5so that I may enjoy the prosperity
of your chosen ones,
rejoice in the joy of your nation,
and boast about your heritage.106:5 Dt 32:9; Ps 105:6,43

6Both we and our ancestors have sinned;
we have done wrong and have acted wickedly.106:6 Lv 26:40; Jr 3:25; 14:20
7Our ancestors in Egypt did not grasp
the significance of your wondrous works
or remember your many acts of faithful love;
instead, they rebelled by the sea — the Red Sea.106:7 Ex 14:10–12; Ps 78:17
8Yet he saved them for his name’s sake,
to make his power known.106:8 Ex 9:16; Ezk 20:9
9He rebuked the Red Sea, and it dried up;
he led them through the depths as through a desert.106:9 Ps 18:15; 104:7; Is 63:11–13
10He saved them from the power of the adversary;
he redeemed them from the power of the enemy.106:10 Ex 14:30; Ps 107:2
11Water covered their foes;
not one of them remained.106:11 Ex 14:27–28; 15:5; Ps 78:53
12Then they believed his promises
and sang his praise.106:12 Ex 14:31; 15:1–21; Ps 105:43

13They soon forgot his works
and would not wait for his counsel.106:13 Ex 15:24; Ps 78:11; 107:11
14They were seized with craving in the wilderness
and tested God in the desert.106:14 Nm 11:4; Ps 78:18
15He gave them what they asked for,
but sent a wasting disease among them.106:15 Nm 11:31; Ps 78:29

16In the camp they were envious of Moses
and of Aaron, the Lord’s holy one.106:16 Nm 16:1–3
17The earth opened up and swallowed Dathan;
it covered the assembly of Abiram.106:17 Nm 16:31–32; Dt 11:6
18Fire blazed throughout their assembly;
flames consumed the wicked.106:18 Nm 16:35

19At Horeb they made a calf
and worshiped the cast metal image.106:19 Ex 32:4; Dt 9:8; Ac 7:41
20They exchanged their glory106:20 Alt Hb tradition reads his glory, or my glory106:20 = God
for the image of a grass-eating ox.106:20 Jr 2:11; Rm 1:23
21They forgot God their Savior,
who did great things in Egypt,106:21 Dt 10:21; Ps 78:11
22wondrous works in the land of Ham,106:22 = Egypt
awe-inspiring acts at the Red Sea.106:22 Ps 105:27
23So he said he would have destroyed them —
if Moses his chosen one
had not stood before him in the breach
to turn his wrath away from destroying them.106:23 Ex 32:10; Dt 9:14; Ezk 20:8

24They despised the pleasant land
and did not believe his promise.106:24 Nm 14:31; Dt 9:23; Heb 3:19
25They grumbled in their tents
and did not listen to the Lord.106:25 Nm 14:2; Dt 1:27
26So he raised his hand against them with an oath
that he would make them fall in the desert106:26 Nm 14:28–35; Ezk 20:15; Heb 3:11
27and would disperse their descendants106:27 Syr; MT reads would make their descendants fall
among the nations,
scattering them throughout the lands.106:27 Lv 26:33; Dt 4:27; Ps 44:11

28They aligned themselves with Baal of Peor
and ate sacrifices offered to lifeless gods.106:28 Lit sacrifices for dead ones106:28 Nm 25:3; Dt 4:3; Hs 9:10
29They angered the Lord with their deeds,
and a plague broke out against them.106:29 Nm 25:4
30But Phinehas stood up and intervened,
and the plague was stopped.106:30 Nm 25:7–8
31It was credited to him as righteousness
throughout all generations to come.106:31 Gn 15:6; Nm 25:10–13

32They angered the Lord at the Waters of Meribah,
and Moses suffered106:32 Lit and it was evil for Moses because of them,106:32 Nm 20:2–13; Ps 81:7
33for they embittered his spirit,106:33 Some Hb mss, LXX, Syr, Jer; other Hb mss read they rebelled against his Spirit
and he spoke rashly with his lips.106:33 Ps 78:40; Is 63:10

34They did not destroy the peoples
as the Lord had commanded them106:34 Dt 7:2,16; Jdg 1:21,27–36
35but mingled with the nations
and adopted their ways.106:35 Jdg 3:5–6
36They served their idols,
which became a snare to them.106:36 Dt 7:16; Jdg 2:12
37They sacrificed their sons and daughters to demons.106:37 Lv 17:7; Dt 32:17
38They shed innocent blood —
the blood of their sons and daughters
whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan;
so the land became polluted with blood.106:38 Nm 35:33; Is 24:5
39They defiled themselves by their actions
and prostituted themselves by their deeds.106:39 Lv 18:24; Ezk 20:18,30–31

40Therefore the Lord’s anger burned against his people,
and he abhorred his own inheritance.106:40 Dt 32:19; Ps 78:59
41He handed them over to the nations;
those who hated them ruled over them.106:41 Jdg 2:14; Neh 9:27
42Their enemies oppressed them,
and they were subdued under their power.106:42 Jdg 4:3; 10:12
43He rescued them many times,
but they continued to rebel deliberately
and were beaten down by their iniquity.106:43 Jdg 2:16–18; Ps 81:12

44When he heard their cry,
he took note of their distress,106:44 Jdg 3:3; 6:7; 10:10
45remembered his covenant with them,
and relented according to the abundance
of his faithful love.106:45 Lv 26:42; Ps 105:8
46He caused them to be pitied
before all their captors.106:46 1Kg 8:50; 2Ch 30:9; Ezr 9:9

47Save us, Lord our God,
and gather us from the nations,
so that we may give thanks to your holy name
and rejoice in your praise.106:47 Ps 107:3; 147:2

48Blessed be the Lord God of Israel,
from everlasting to everlasting.106:48 Ps 41:13; 72:18; 89:52
Let all the people say, “Amen!”
Hallelujah!106:47–48 1Ch 16:35–36


(Psalms 107–150)