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Psalm 106 :: Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

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Israel’s Unfaithfulness to God
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Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good;

his faithful love endures forever.

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Who can declare the LORD’s mighty acts

or proclaim all the praise due him?

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How happy are those who uphold justice,

who practice righteousness at all times.

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Remember me, LORD,

when you show favor to your people.

Come to me with your salvation

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so that I may enjoy the prosperity

of your chosen ones,

rejoice in the joy of your nation,

and boast about your heritage.

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Both we and our fathers have sinned;

we have done wrong and have acted wickedly.

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Our fathers 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.

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Yet he saved them for his name’s sake,

to make his power known.

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He rebuked the Red Sea, and it dried up;

he led them through the depths as through a desert.

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He saved them from the power of the adversary;

he redeemed them from the power of the enemy.

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Water covered their foes;

not one of them remained.

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Then they believed his promises

and sang his praise.

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They soon forgot his works

and would not wait for his counsel.

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They were seized with craving in the wilderness

and tested God in the desert.

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He gave them what they asked for,

but sent a wasting disease among them.

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In the camp they were envious of Moses

and of Aaron, the LORD’s holy one.

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The earth opened up and swallowed Dathan;

it covered the assembly of Abiram.

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Fire blazed throughout their assembly;

flames consumed the wicked.

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At Horeb they made a calf

and worshiped the cast metal image.

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They exchanged their glory[fn][fn]

for the image of a grass-eating ox.

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They forgot God their Savior,

who did great things in Egypt,

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wondrous works in the land of Ham,[fn]

awe-inspiring acts at the Red Sea.

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So 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.

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They despised the pleasant land

and did not believe his promise.

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They grumbled in their tents

and did not listen to the LORD.

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So he raised his hand against them with an oath

that he would make them fall in the desert

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and would disperse their descendants[fn]

among the nations,

scattering them throughout the lands.

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They aligned themselves with Baal of Peor

and ate sacrifices offered to lifeless gods.[fn]

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They angered the LORD with their deeds,

and a plague broke out against them.

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But Phinehas stood up and intervened,

and the plague was stopped.

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It was credited to him as righteousness

throughout all generations to come.

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They angered the LORD at the Waters of Meribah,

and Moses suffered[fn] because of them;

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for they embittered his spirit,[fn]

and he spoke rashly with his lips.

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They did not destroy the peoples

as the LORD had commanded them

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but mingled with the nations

and adopted their ways.

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They served their idols,

which became a snare to them.

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They sacrificed their sons and daughters to demons.

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They 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.

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They defiled themselves by their actions

and prostituted themselves by their deeds.

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Therefore the LORD’s anger burned against his people,

and he abhorred his own inheritance.

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He handed them over to the nations;

those who hated them ruled over them.

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Their enemies oppressed them,

and they were subdued under their power.

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He rescued them many times,

but they continued to rebel deliberately

and were beaten down by their iniquity.

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When he heard their cry,

he took note of their distress,

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remembered his covenant with them,

and relented according to the abundance

of his faithful love.

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He caused them to be pitied

before all their captors.

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Save 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.

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Blessed be the LORD God of Israel,

from everlasting to everlasting.

Let all the people say, “Amen! ”


CSB Footnotes
Alt Hb tradition reads his glory, or my glory
= God
= Egypt
Syr; MT reads would make their descendants fall
Lit sacrifices for dead ones
Lit and it was evil for Moses
Some Hb mss, LXX, Syr, Jer; other Hb mss read they rebelled against his Spirit

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