The psalmist exhorteth to praise God.
Psalms 106:1 Hallelujah! Give ye thanks unto Jehovah; for he is good; for his loving-kindness [endureth] for ever. Psalms 106:2 Who can utter the mighty acts of Jehovah? [who] can shew 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 [thy] favour toward thy people; visit me with thy salvation: Psalms 106:5 That I may see the prosperity of thy chosen ones, that I may rejoice in the joy 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 in Egypt considered not thy wondrous works; they remembered not the multitude of thy loving-kindnesses; but they rebelled at the sea, at the Red Sea. Psalms 106:8 Yet he saved them for his name's sake, that he might make known his might. Psalms 106:9 And he rebuked the Red Sea, and it dried up; and he led them through the deeps 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 oppressors: there was not one of them left. Psalms 106:12 Then believed they his words; they sang his praise. Psalms 106:13 They soon forgot his works; they waited not for his counsel: Psalms 106:14 And they lusted exceedingly in the wilderness, and tempted *God in the desert. Psalms 106:15 Then he gave them their request, but sent leanness into their soul. Psalms 106:16 And they envied Moses 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 fire was kindled in their company; a flame burned up the wicked. Psalms 106:19 They made a calf in Horeb, and did homage to a molten image; Psalms 106:20 And they changed their glory into the similitude of an ox that eateth grass. Psalms 106:21 They forgot *God their Saviour, who had done great things in Egypt, Psalms 106:22 Wondrous works in the land of Ham, terrible things by the Red Sea. Psalms 106:23 And he said that he would destroy them, had not Moses, his chosen, stood before him in the breach, to turn away his fury, lest he should destroy [them]. Psalms 106:24 And they despised the pleasant land; they believed not his word, Psalms 106:25 But murmured in their tents: they hearkened not unto the voice of Jehovah. Psalms 106:26 And he lifted up his hand to them, that he would make them fall in the wilderness; Psalms 106:27 And that he would make their seed fall among the nations, and disperse them through the countries. Psalms 106:28 And they joined themselves unto Baal-Peor, and ate the sacrifices of the dead; Psalms 106:29 And they provoked [him] to anger with their doings; and a plague broke out among them. Psalms 106:30 Then stood up Phinehas and executed judgment, and the plague was stayed; Psalms 106:31 And that was reckoned unto him for righteousness, from generation to generation, for evermore. Psalms 106:32 And they moved him to wrath at the waters of Meribah, and it went ill with Moses on their account; Psalms 106:33 For they provoked his spirit, so that he spoke unadvisedly with his lips. Psalms 106:34 They did not destroy the peoples, as Jehovah commanded them; Psalms 106:35 But they mingled with the nations, and learned their works; Psalms 106:36 And they served their idols; and they were a snare unto them: Psalms 106:37 And they sacrificed their sons and their daughters unto demons, Psalms 106:38 And shed innocent blood, 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 And they were defiled with their works, and went a-whoring in their doings. Psalms 106:40 Then was the anger 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 And their enemies oppressed them, and they were brought into subjection under their hand. Psalms 106:43 Often did he deliver them; but as for them they provoked [him] by their counsel, and they were brought low by their iniquity. Psalms 106:44 But 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 loving-kindnesses; Psalms 106:46 And he caused them to find compassion of all those that had carried them captives.
He concludeth with prayer and praise.
Psalms 106:47 Save us, 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 eternity and to eternity! And let all the people say, Amen! Hallelujah!