The psalmist exhorteth to praise God.
Psalms 106:1 Praise ye Jehovah. Oh give thanks unto Jehovah; for he is good; For his lovingkindness [endureth] forever. Psalms 106:2 Who can utter the mighty acts of Jehovah, Or show forth all his praise? Psalms 106:3 Blessed are they that keep justice, 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 Jehovah, with the favor that thou bearest unto thy people; Oh visit me with thy salvation, Psalms 106:5 That I may see the prosperity 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 lovingkindnesses, But were rebellious 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 a 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 adversaries; 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 Jehovah. 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 a molten image. Psalms 106:20 Thus they changed their glory For the likeness of an ox that eateth grass. Psalms 106:21 They forgat God their Saviour, Who 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 Jehovah. Psalms 106:26 Therefore he sware unto them, That he would overthrow them in the wilderness, Psalms 106:27 And that he would overthrow their seed among the nations, And scatter them in the lands. Psalms 106:28 They joined themselves also unto Baal-peor, And ate the sacrifices of the dead. Psalms 106:29 Thus they provoked him to anger with their doings; 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 reckoned unto him for righteousness, Unto all generations for evermore. Psalms 106:32 They angered him also at the waters of Meribah, So that it went ill with Moses for their sakes; Psalms 106:33 Because they were rebellious against his spirit, And he spake unadvisedly with his lips. Psalms 106:34 They did not destroy the peoples, As Jehovah commanded them, Psalms 106:35 But mingled themselves with the nations, And learned their works, Psalms 106:36 And served their idols, Which became a snare unto them. Psalms 106:37 Yea, they sacrificed their sons and their daughters unto demons, 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 works, And played the harlot in their doings. Psalms 106:40 Therefore was the wrath of Jehovah kindled against his people, And he abhorred his inheritance. Psalms 106:41 And he gave them into the hand of the nations; 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 were rebellious in their counsel, And were brought low in their iniquity. Psalms 106:44 Nevertheless he regarded their distress, When he heard their cry: Psalms 106:45 And he remembered for them his covenant, And repented according to the multitude of his lovingkindnesses. Psalms 106:46 He made them also to be pitied Of all those that carried them captive.
He concludeth with prayer and praise.
Psalms 106:47 Save us, O Jehovah our God, And gather us from among the nations, To give thanks unto thy holy name, And to triumph in thy praise. Psalms 106:48 Blessed be Jehovah, the God of Israel, From everlasting even to everlasting. And let all the people say, Amen. Praise ye Jehovah.