Psalm 106
Holman Christian Standard Bible  Par ▾ 

Israel’s Unfaithfulness to God


Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good;

His faithful love endures forever.a

2Who can declare the LORD’s mighty acts

or proclaim all the praise due Him?b

3How happy are those who uphold justice,

who practice righteousness at all times.c

4Remember me, LORD,

when You show favor to Your people.d

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.e

6Both we and our fathers have sinned;

we have done wrong and have acted wickedly.f

7Our fathers in Egypt did not grasp

the significance of Your wonderful works

or remember Your many acts of faithful love;

instead, they rebelled by the sea — the Red Sea.g

8Yet He saved them because of His name,

to make His power known.h

9He rebuked the Red Sea, and it dried up;

He led them through the depths as through a desert.i

10He saved them from the hand of the adversary;

He redeemed them from the hand of the enemy.j

11Water covered their foes;

not one of them remained.k

12Then they believed His promises

and sang His praise.l

13They soon forgot His works

and would not wait for His counsel.m

14They were seized with craving in the wilderness

and tested God in the desert.n

15He gave them what they asked for,

but sent a wasting disease among them.o

16In the camp they were envious of Moses

and of Aaron, the LORD’s holy one.p

17The earth opened up and swallowed Dathan;

it covered the assembly of Abiram.q

18Fire blazed throughout their assembly;

flames consumed the wicked.r

19At Horeb they made a calf

and worshiped the cast metal image.s

20They exchanged their gloryt, u

for the image of a grass-eating ox.v

21They forgot God their Savior,

who did great things in Egypt,w

22wonderful works in the land of Ham,x

awe-inspiring acts at the Red Sea.y

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.z

24They despised the pleasant land

and did not believe His promise.aa

25They grumbled in their tents

and did not listen to the LORD’s voice.ab

26So He raised His hand against them with an oath

that He would make them fall in the desertac

27and would disperse their descendantsad

among the nations,

scattering them throughout the

28They aligned themselves with Baal of Peor

and ate sacrifices offered to lifeless, ag

29They provoked the LORD with their deeds,

and a plague broke out against them.ah

30But Phinehas stood up and intervened,

and the plague was

31It was credited to him as righteousness

throughout all generations to come.aj

32They angered the LORD at the waters of Meribah,

and Moses sufferedak because of them;al

33for they embittered his spirit,am

and he spoke rashly with his

34They did not destroy the peoples

as the LORD had commanded themao

35but mingled with the nations

and adopted their ways.ap

36They served their idols,

which became a snare to

37They sacrificed their sons and daughters to

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

39They defiled themselves by their actions

and prostituted themselves by their

40Therefore the LORD’s anger burned against His people,

and He abhorred His own

41He handed them over to the nations;

those who hated them ruled them.av

42Their enemies oppressed them,

and they were subdued under their

43He rescued them many times,

but they continued to rebel deliberately

and were beaten down by their

44When He heard their cry,

He took note of their distress,ay

45remembered His covenant with them,

and relented according to the riches

of His faithful

46He caused them to be pitied

before all their

47Save us, Yahweh our God,

and gather us from the nations,

so that we may give thanks to Your holy name

and rejoice in Your

48May Yahweh, the God of Israel, be praised

from everlasting to everlasting.bc

Let all the people say, “Amen! ”


a. 106:1 1Ch 16:34,41; Ps 100:5
b. 106:2 Ps 145:4,12; 150:2
c. 106:3 Ps 15:2
d. 106:4 Ps 119:132
e. 106:5 Dt 32:9; Ps 105:6,43
f. 106:6 Lv 26:40; Jr 3:25; 14:20
g. 106:7 Ex 14:10-12; Ps 78:17
h. 106:8 Ex 9:16; Ezk 20:9
i. 106:9 Ps 18:15; 104:7; Is 63:11-13
j. 106:10 Ex 14:30; Ps 107:2
k. 106:11 Ex 14:27-28; 15:5; Ps 78:53
l. 106:12 Ex 14:31; 15:1-21; Ps 105:43
m. 106:13 Ex 15:24; Ps 78:11; 107:11
n. 106:14 Nm 11:4; Ps 78:18
o. 106:15 Nm 11:31; Ps 78:29
p. 106:16 Nm 16:1-3
q. 106:17 Nm 16:31-32; Dt 11:6
r. 106:18 Nm 16:35
s. 106:19 Ex 32:4; Dt 9:8; Ac 7:41
t. 106:20 Alt Jewish tradition reads His or My glory
u. 106:20 = God
v. 106:20 Jr 2:11; Rm 1:23
w. 106:21 Dt 10:21; Ps 78:11
x. 106:22 = Egypt
y. 106:22 Ps 105:27
z. 106:23 Ex 32:10; Dt 9:14; Ezk 20:8
aa. 106:24 Nm 14:31; Dt 9:23; Heb 3:19
ab. 106:25 Nm 14:2; Dt 1:27
ac. 106:26 Nm 14:28-35; Ezk 20:15; Heb 3:11
ad. 106:27 Syr; MT reads would make their descendants fall
ae. 106:27 Lv 26:33; Dt 4:27; Ps 44:11
af. 106:28 Lit sacrifices for dead ones
ag. 106:28 Nm 25:3; Dt 4:3; Hs 9:10
ah. 106:29 Nm 25:4
ai. 106:30 Nm 25:7-8
aj. 106:31 Gn 15:6; Nm 25:10-13
ak. 106:32 Lit and it was evil for Moses
al. 106:32 Nm 20:2-13; Ps 81:7
am. 106:33 Some Hb mss, LXX, Syr, Jer; other Hb mss read they rebelled against His Spirit
an. 106:33 Ps 78:40; Is 63:10
ao. 106:34 Dt 7:2,16; Jdg 1:21,27-36
ap. 106:35 Jdg 3:5-6
aq. 106:36 Dt 7:16; Jdg 2:12
ar. 106:37 Lv 17:7; Dt 32:17
as. 106:38 Nm 35:33; Is 24:5
at. 106:39 Lv 18:24; Ezk 20:18,30-31
au. 106:40 Dt 32:19; Ps 78:59
av. 106:41 Jdg 2:14; Neh 9:27
aw. 106:42 Jdg 4:3; 10:12
ax. 106:43 Jdg 2:16-18; Ps 81:12
ay. 106:44 Jdg 3:3; 6:7; 10:10
az. 106:45 Lv 26:42; Ps 105:8
ba. 106:46 1Kg 8:50; 2Ch 30:9; Ezr 9:9
bb. 106:47 Ps 107:3; 147:2
bc. 106:48 Ps 41:13; 72:18; 89:52
bd. 106:47-48 1Ch 16:35-36
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