King James Version

Psalm 106

1Praise ye the Lord. O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.

Who can utter the mighty acts of the Lord? who can shew forth all his praise?

Blessed are they that keep judgment, and he that doeth righteousness at all times.

Remember me, O Lord, with the favour that thou bearest unto thy people: O visit me with thy salvation;

That I may see the good of thy chosen, that I may rejoice in the gladness of thy nation, that I may glory with thine inheritance.

We have sinned with our fathers, we have committed iniquity, we have done wickedly.

Our fathers understood not thy wonders in Egypt; they remembered not the multitude of thy mercies; but provoked him at the sea, even at the Red sea.

Nevertheless he saved them for his name's sake, that he might make his mighty power to be known.

He rebuked the Red sea also, and it was dried up: so he led them through the depths, as through the wilderness.

10 And he saved them from the hand of him that hated them, and redeemed them from the hand of the enemy.

11 And the waters covered their enemies: there was not one of them left.

12 Then believed they his words; they sang his praise.

13 They soon forgat his works; they waited not for his counsel:

14 But lusted exceedingly in the wilderness, and tempted God in the desert.

15 And he gave them their request; but sent leanness into their soul.

16 They envied Moses also in the camp, and Aaron the saint of the Lord.

17 The earth opened and swallowed up Dathan and covered the company of Abiram.

18 And a fire was kindled in their company; the flame burned up the wicked.

19 They made a calf in Horeb, and worshipped the molten image.

20 Thus they changed their glory into the similitude of an ox that eateth grass.

21 They forgat God their saviour, which had done great things in Egypt;

22 Wondrous works in the land of Ham, and terrible things by the Red sea.

23 Therefore he said that he would destroy them, had not Moses his chosen stood before him in the breach, to turn away his wrath, lest he should destroy them.

24 Yea, they despised the pleasant land, they believed not his word:

25 But murmured in their tents, and hearkened not unto the voice of the Lord.

26 Therefore he lifted up his hand against them, to overthrow them in the wilderness:

27 To overthrow their seed also among the nations, and to scatter them in the lands.

28 They joined themselves also unto Baalpeor, and ate the sacrifices of the dead.

29 Thus they provoked him to anger with their inventions: and the plague brake in upon them.

30 Then stood up Phinehas, and executed judgment: and so the plague was stayed.

31 And that was counted unto him for righteousness unto all generations for evermore.

32 They angered him also at the waters of strife, so that it went ill with Moses for their sakes:

33 Because they provoked his spirit, so that he spake unadvisedly with his lips.

34 They did not destroy the nations, concerning whom the Lord commanded them:

35 But were mingled among the heathen, and learned their works.

36 And they served their idols: which were a snare unto them.

37 Yea, they sacrificed their sons and their daughters unto devils,

38 And shed innocent blood, even the blood of their sons and of their daughters, whom they sacrificed unto the idols of Canaan: and the land was polluted with blood.

39 Thus were they defiled with their own works, and went a whoring with their own inventions.

40 Therefore was the wrath of the Lord kindled against his people, insomuch that he abhorred his own inheritance.

41 And he gave them into the hand of the heathen; and they that hated them ruled over them.

42 Their enemies also oppressed them, and they were brought into subjection under their hand.

43 Many times did he deliver them; but they provoked him with their counsel, and were brought low for their iniquity.

44 Nevertheless he regarded their affliction, when he heard their cry:

45 And he remembered for them his covenant, and repented according to the multitude of his mercies.

46 He made them also to be pitied of all those that carried them captives.

47 Save us, O Lord our God, and gather us from among the heathen, to give thanks unto thy holy name, and to triumph in thy praise.

48 Blessed be the Lord God of Israel from everlasting to everlasting: and let all the people say, Amen. Praise ye the Lord.

New International Reader's Version

Psalm 106

Psalm 106

Praise the Lord.

Give thanks to the Lord, because he is good.
    His faithful love continues forever.
Who can speak enough about the mighty acts of the Lord?
    Who can praise him as much as he should be praised?
Blessed are those who always do what is fair.
    Blessed are those who keep doing what is right.
Lord, remember me when you bless your people.
    Help me when you save them.
Then I will enjoy the good things you give your chosen ones.
    I will be joyful together with your people.
    I will join them when they praise you.

We have sinned, just as our people of long ago did.
    We too have done what is evil and wrong.
When our people were in Egypt,
    they forgot about the Lord’s miracles.
They didn’t remember his many kind acts.
    At the Red Sea they refused to obey him.
But he saved them for the honor of his name.
    He did it to make his mighty power known.
He ordered the Red Sea to dry up, and it did.
    He led his people through it as if it were a desert.
10 He saved them from the power of their enemies.
    He set them free from their control.
11 The waters covered their enemies.
    Not one of them escaped alive.
12 Then his people believed his promises
    and sang praise to him.

13 But they soon forgot what he had done.
    They didn’t wait for what he had planned to happen.
14 In the desert they longed for food.
    In that dry and empty land they tested God.
15 So he gave them what they asked for.
    But he also sent a sickness that killed many of them.

16 In their camp some of them became jealous of Moses and Aaron.
    Aaron had been set apart to serve the Lord.
17 The ground opened up and swallowed Dathan.
    It buried Abiram and his followers.
18 Fire blazed among all of them.
    Flames destroyed those evil people.

19 At Mount Horeb they made a metal statue of a bull calf.
    They worshiped that statue of a god.
20 They traded their glorious God
    for a statue of a bull that eats grass.
21 They forgot the God who saved them.
    They forgot the God who had done great things in Egypt.
22 They forgot the miracles he did in the land of Ham.
    They forgot the wonderful things he did by the Red Sea.
23 So he said he would destroy them.
    But Moses, his chosen one,
stood up for them.
    He kept God’s anger from destroying them.

24 Later on, they refused to enter the pleasant land of Canaan.
    They didn’t believe God’s promise.
25 In their tents they told the Lord how unhappy they were.
    They didn’t obey him.
26 So he lifted up his hand and promised
    that he would make them die in the desert.
27 He promised he would scatter their children’s children among the nations.
    He would make them die in other lands.

28 They joined in worshiping the Baal that was worshiped at Peor.
    They ate food that had been offered to gods that aren’t even alive.
29 Their evil ways made the Lord angry.
    So a plague broke out among them.
30 But Phinehas stood up and took action.
    Then the plague stopped.
31 What Phinehas did made him right with the Lord.
    It will be remembered for all time to come.

32 By the waters of Meribah the Lord’s people made him angry.
    Moses got in trouble because of them.
33 They refused to obey the Spirit of God.
    So Moses spoke without thinking.

34 They didn’t destroy the nations in Canaan
    as the Lord had commanded them.
35 Instead, they mixed with those nations
    and adopted their ways.
36 They worshiped statues of their gods.
    That became a trap for them.
37 They sacrificed their sons and daughters
    as offerings to false gods.
38 They killed those who weren’t guilty of doing anything wrong.
    They killed their own sons and daughters.
They sacrificed them as offerings to statues of the gods of Canaan.
    The land became “unclean” because of the blood of their children.
39 The people made themselves impure by what they had done.
    They weren’t faithful to the Lord.

40 So the Lord became angry with his people.
    He turned away from his own children.
41 He handed them over to the nations.
    Their enemies ruled over them.
42 Their enemies treated them badly
    and kept them under their power.
43 Many times the Lord saved them.
    But they refused to obey him.
    So he destroyed them because of their sins.

44 Yet he heard them when they cried out.
    He paid special attention to their suffering.
45 Because they were his people, he remembered his covenant.
    Because of his great love, he felt sorry for them.
46 He made all those who held them as prisoners
    have mercy on them.

47 Lord our God, save us.
    Bring us back from among the nations.
Then we will give thanks to you, because your name is holy.
    We will celebrate by praising you.

48 Give praise to the Lord, the God of Israel,
    for ever and ever.

Let all the people say, “Amen!”

Praise the Lord.