The psalmist exhorteth to praise God.
Psalms 106:1 Give glory to the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. Psalms 106:2 Who shall declare the powers of the Lord? who shall set forth all his praises? Psalms 106:3 Blessed are they that keep judgment, and do justice at all times.
He prayeth for pardon of sin, as God did with the fathers.
Psalms 106:4 Remember us, O Lord, in the favour of thy people: visit us with thy salvation. Psalms 106:5 That we may see the good of thy chosen, that we may rejoice in the joy of thy nation: that thou mayst be praised with thy inheritance. Psalms 106:6 We have sinned with our fathers: we have acted unjustly, we have wrought iniquity.
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: And they provoked to wrath going up to the sea, even the Red Sea. Psalms 106:8 And he saved them for his own name's sake: that he might make his power known. Psalms 106:9 And he rebuked the Red Sea and it was dried up: and he led them through the depths, as in a wilderness. Psalms 106:10 And he saved them from the hand of them that hated them: and he redeemed them from the hand of the enemy. Psalms 106:11 And the water covered them that afflicted them: there was not one of them left. Psalms 106:12 And they believed his words: and they sang his praises. Psalms 106:13 They had quickly done, they forgot his works: and they waited not for his counsel. Psalms 106:14 And they coveted their desire in the desert: and they tempted God in the place without water. Psalms 106:15 And he gave them their request: and sent fulness into their souls. Psalms 106:16 And they provoked Moses in the camp, Aaron the holy one of the Lord. Psalms 106:17 The earth opened and swallowed up Dathan: and covered the congregation of Abiron. Psalms 106:18 And a fire was kindled in their congregation: the flame burned the wicked. Psalms 106:19 They made also a calf in Horeb: and they adored the graven thing. Psalms 106:20 And they changed their glory into the likeness of a calf that eateth grass. Psalms 106:21 They forgot God, who saved them, who had done great things in Egypt, Psalms 106:22 Wondrous works in the land of Cham: terrible things in 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 wrath, lest he should destroy them. Psalms 106:24 And they set at nought the desirable land. They believed not his word, Psalms 106:25 And they murmured in their tents: they hearkened not to the voice of the Lord. Psalms 106:26 And he lifted up his hand over them: to overthrow them in the desert; Psalms 106:27 And to cast down their seed among the nations, and to scatter them in the countries. Psalms 106:28 They also were initiated to Beelphegor: and ate the sacrifices of the dead. Psalms 106:29 And they provoked him with their inventions: and destruction was multiplied among them. Psalms 106:30 Then Phinees stood up, and pacified him: and the slaughter ceased. Psalms 106:31 And it was reputed to him unto justice, to generation and generation for evermore. Psalms 106:32 They provoked him also at the waters of contradiction: and Moses was afflicted for their sakes: Psalms 106:33 Because they exasperated his spirit. And he distinguished with his lips. Psalms 106:34 They did not destroy the nations of which the Lord spoke unto them. Psalms 106:35 And they were mingled among the heathens, and learned their works: Psalms 106:36 And served their idols, and it became a stumblingblock to them. Psalms 106:37 And they sacrificed their sons, and their daughters to devils. Psalms 106:38 And they shed innocent blood: the blood of their sons and of their daughters which they sacrificed to the idols of Chanaan. And the land was polluted with blood, Psalms 106:39 And was defiled with their works: and they went aside after their own inventions. Psalms 106:40 And the Lord was exceedingly angry with his people: and he abhorred his inheritance. Psalms 106:41 And he delivered them into the hands of the nations: and they that hated them had dominion over them. Psalms 106:42 And their enemies afflicted them: and they were humbled under their hands: Psalms 106:43 Many times did he deliver them. But they provoked him with their counsel: and they were brought low by their iniquities. Psalms 106:44 And he saw when they were in tribulation: and he heard their prayer. Psalms 106:45 And he was mindful of his covenant: and repented according to the multitude of his mercies. Psalms 106:46 And he gave them unto mercies, in the sight of all those that had made them captives.
He concludeth with prayer and praise.
Psalms 106:47 Save us, O Lord, our God: and gather us from among the nations: That we may give thanks to thy holy name, and may glory in thy praise. Psalms 106:48 Blessed be the Lord the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting: and let all the people say: So be it, so be it.