The psalmist exhorteth to praise God.
Psalms 106:1 Praise ye the LORD. O give thanks unto the LORD; for [he is] good: for his mercy [endureth] for ever. Psalms 106:2 Who can utter the mighty acts of the LORD? [who] can shew forth all his praise? Psalms 106:3 Blessed [are] they that keep judgment, [and] he that doeth righteousness at all times.
He prayeth for pardon of sin, as God did with the fathers.
Psalms 106:4 Remember me, O LORD, with the favour [that thou bearest unto] thy people: O visit me with thy salvation; Psalms 106:5 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. Psalms 106:6 We have sinned with our fathers, we have committed iniquity, we have done wickedly.
The story of the people's rebellion, and God's mercy.
Psalms 106:7 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. Psalms 106:8 Nevertheless he saved them for his name's sake, that he might make his mighty power to be known. Psalms 106:9 He rebuked the Red sea also, and it was dried up: so he led them through the depths, as through the wilderness. Psalms 106:10 And he saved them from the hand of him that hated [them], and redeemed them from the hand of the enemy. Psalms 106:11 And the waters covered their enemies: there was not one of them left. Psalms 106:12 Then believed they his words; they sang his praise. Psalms 106:13 They soon forgat his works; they waited not for his counsel: Psalms 106:14 But lusted exceedingly in the wilderness, and tempted God in the desert. Psalms 106:15 And he gave them their request; but sent leanness into their soul. Psalms 106:16 They envied Moses also in the camp, [and] Aaron the saint of the LORD. Psalms 106:17 The earth opened and swallowed up Dathan, and covered the company of Abiram. Psalms 106:18 And a fire was kindled in their company; the flame burned up the wicked. Psalms 106:19 They made a calf in Horeb, and worshipped the molten image. Psalms 106:20 Thus they changed their glory into the similitude of an ox that eateth grass. Psalms 106:21 They forgat God their saviour, which had done great things in Egypt; Psalms 106:22 Wondrous works in the land of Ham, [and] terrible things by the Red sea. Psalms 106:23 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]. Psalms 106:24 Yea, they despised the pleasant land, they believed not his word: Psalms 106:25 But murmured in their tents, [and] hearkened not unto the voice of the LORD. Psalms 106:26 Therefore he lifted up his hand against them, to overthrow them in the wilderness: Psalms 106:27 To overthrow their seed also among the nations, and to scatter them in the lands. Psalms 106:28 They joined themselves also unto Baalpeor, and ate the sacrifices of the dead. Psalms 106:29 Thus they provoked [him] to anger with their inventions: and the plague brake in upon them. Psalms 106:30 Then stood up Phinehas, and executed judgment: and [so] the plague was stayed. Psalms 106:31 And that was counted unto him for righteousness unto all generations for evermore. Psalms 106:32 They angered [him] also at the waters of strife, so that it went ill with Moses for their sakes: Psalms 106:33 Because they provoked his spirit, so that he spake unadvisedly with his lips. Psalms 106:34 They did not destroy the nations, concerning whom the LORD commanded them: Psalms 106:35 But were mingled among the heathen, and learned their works. Psalms 106:36 And they served their idols: which were a snare unto them. Psalms 106:37 Yea, they sacrificed their sons and their daughters unto devils, Psalms 106:38 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. Psalms 106:39 Thus were they defiled with their own works, and went a whoring with their own inventions. Psalms 106:40 Therefore was the wrath of the LORD kindled against his people, insomuch that he abhorred his own inheritance. Psalms 106:41 And he gave them into the hand of the heathen; and they that hated them ruled over them. Psalms 106:42 Their enemies also oppressed them, and they were brought into subjection under their hand. Psalms 106:43 Many times did he deliver them; but they provoked [him] with their counsel, and were brought low for their iniquity. Psalms 106:44 Nevertheless he regarded their affliction, when he heard their cry: Psalms 106:45 And he remembered for them his covenant, and repented according to the multitude of his mercies. Psalms 106:46 He made them also to be pitied of all those that carried them captives.
He concludeth with prayer and praise.
Psalms 106:47 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. Psalms 106:48 Blessed [be] the LORD God of Israel from everlasting to everlasting: and let all the people say, Amen. Praise ye the LORD.