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Psalm 106

A Confession of Israel’s Sins

1

Praise the Lord!

O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;

for his steadfast love endures forever.

2

Who can utter the mighty doings of the Lord,

or declare all his praise?

3

Happy are those who observe justice,

who do righteousness at all times.

 

4

Remember me, O Lord, when you show favor to your people;

help me when you deliver them;

5

that I may see the prosperity of your chosen ones,

that I may rejoice in the gladness of your nation,

that I may glory in your heritage.

 

6

Both we and our ancestors have sinned;

we have committed iniquity, have done wickedly.

7

Our ancestors, when they were in Egypt,

did not consider your wonderful works;

they did not remember the abundance of your steadfast love,

but rebelled against the Most High at the Red Sea.

8

Yet he saved them for his name’s sake,

so that he might make known his mighty power.

9

He rebuked the Red Sea, and it became dry;

he led them through the deep as through a desert.

10

So he saved them from the hand of the foe,

and delivered them from the hand of the enemy.

11

The waters covered their adversaries;

not one of them was left.

12

Then they believed his words;

they sang his praise.

 

13

But they soon forgot his works;

they did not wait for his counsel.

14

But they had a wanton craving in the wilderness,

and put God to the test in the desert;

15

he gave them what they asked,

but sent a wasting disease among them.

 

16

They were jealous of Moses in the camp,

and of Aaron, the holy one of the Lord.

17

The earth opened and swallowed up Dathan,

and covered the faction of Abiram.

18

Fire also broke out in their company;

the flame burned up the wicked.

 

19

They made a calf at Horeb

and worshiped a cast image.

20

They exchanged the glory of God

for the image of an ox that eats grass.

21

They forgot God, their Savior,

who had done great things in Egypt,

22

wondrous works in the land of Ham,

and awesome deeds by the Red Sea.

23

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.

 

24

Then they despised the pleasant land,

having no faith in his promise.

25

They grumbled in their tents,

and did not obey the voice of the Lord.

26

Therefore he raised his hand and swore to them

that he would make them fall in the wilderness,

27

and would disperse their descendants among the nations,

scattering them over the lands.

 

28

Then they attached themselves to the Baal of Peor,

and ate sacrifices offered to the dead;

29

they provoked the Lord to anger with their deeds,

and a plague broke out among them.

30

Then Phinehas stood up and interceded,

and the plague was stopped.

31

And that has been reckoned to him as righteousness

from generation to generation forever.

 

32

They angered the Lord at the waters of Meribah,

and it went ill with Moses on their account;

33

for they made his spirit bitter,

and he spoke words that were rash.

 

34

They did not destroy the peoples,

as the Lord commanded them,

35

but they mingled with the nations

and learned to do as they did.

36

They served their idols,

which became a snare to them.

37

They sacrificed their sons

and their daughters to the demons;

38

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.

39

Thus they became unclean by their acts,

and prostituted themselves in their doings.

 

40

Then the anger of the Lord was kindled against his people,

and he abhorred his heritage;

41

he gave them into the hand of the nations,

so that those who hated them ruled over them.

42

Their enemies oppressed them,

and they were brought into subjection under their power.

43

Many times he delivered them,

but they were rebellious in their purposes,

and were brought low through their iniquity.

44

Nevertheless he regarded their distress

when he heard their cry.

45

For their sake he remembered his covenant,

and showed compassion according to the abundance of his steadfast love.

46

He caused them to be pitied

by all who held them captive.

 

47

Save us, O Lord our God,

and gather us from among the nations,

that we may give thanks to your holy name

and glory in your praise.

 

48

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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Verses 1–5

None of our sins or sufferings should prevent our ascribing glory and praise to the Lord. The more unworthy we are, the more is his kindness to be admired. And those who depend on the Redeemer's righteousness will endeavour to copy his example, and by word and deed to show forth his praise. God's people have reason to be cheerful people; and need not envy the children of men their pleasure or pride.

Verses 6–12

Here begins a confession of sin; for we must acknowledge that the Lord has done right, and we have done wickedly. We are encouraged to hope that though justly corrected, yet we shall not be utterly forsaken. God's afflicted people own themselves guilty before him. God is distrusted because his favours are not remembered. If he did not save us for his own name's sake, and to the praise of his power and grace, we should all perish.

Verses 13–33

Those that will not wait for God's counsel, shall justly be given up to their own hearts' lusts, to walk in their own counsels. An undue desire, even for lawful things, becomes sinful. God showed his displeasure for this. He filled them with uneasiness of mind, terror of conscience, and self-reproach. Many that fare deliciously every day, and whose bodies are healthful, have leanness in their souls: no love to God, no thankfulness, no appetite for the Bread of life, and then the soul must be lean. Those wretchedly forget themselves, that feast their bodies and starve their souls. Even the true believer will see abundant cause to say, It is of the Lord's mercies that I am not consumed. Often have we set up idols in our hearts, cleaved to some forbidden object; so that if a greater than Moses had not stood to turn away the anger of the Lord, we should have been destroyed. If God dealt severely with Moses for unadvised words, what do those deserve who speak many proud and wicked words? It is just in God to remove those relations that are blessings to us, when we are peevish and provoking to them, and grieve their spirits.

Verses 34–48

The conduct of the Israelites in Canaan, and God's dealings with them, show that the way of sin is down-hill; omissions make way for commissions: when they neglected to destroy the heathen, they learned their works. One sin led to many more, and brought the judgments of God on them. Their sin was, in part, their own punishment. Sinners often see themselves ruined by those who led them into evil. Satan, who is a tempter, will be a tormentor. At length, God showed pity to his people for his covenant's sake. The unchangeableness of God's merciful nature and love to his people, makes him change the course of justice into mercy; and no other change is meant by God's repentance. Our case is awful when the outward church is considered. When nations professing Christianity, are so guilty as we are, no wonder if the Lord brings them low for their sins. Unless there is general and deep repentance, there can be no prospect but of increasing calamities. The psalm concludes with prayer for completing the deliverance of God's people, and praise for the beginning and progress of it. May all the people of the earth, ere long, add their Amen.




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