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Psalm 106

This psalm may be considered as a supplement to the preceding. That exhibited to our view, the marvellous kindness of God to Israel: this exhibits the fearful rebellions of Israel against their gracious God. We have, (1.) A preface, ascribing praise to God, exhibiting comfort to his saints, and requesting favours from God, ver. 1-5. (2.) An alarming confession or narrative of Israel’s wickedness against their God, notwithstanding his marvellous kindness to them; in provoking him at the Red Sea, ver 6-12; in lusting after sensual gratifications, ver 13-15; in mutinying against his vicegerents, ver. 16-18; in worshipping the golden calf, ver. 19-23; in murmuring contempt of the promised land, ver. 24-27; in joining with the Moabites and Midianites, in the worship of Baal-peor, ver. 28-31; in quarrelling with Moses at Kadesh, ver. 32-33; in incorporating themselves with the Canaanites, and imitating their idolatrous and cruel customs, ver. 34-39. (3.) An affecting view of God’s great compassion to Israel, notwithstanding they had provoked him to inflict sore and almost destructive punishments upon them, ver. 40-46. (4.) An affectionate improvement of his kindness, in imploring his powerful deliverance, and ascription of endless praises to his name, ver. 47-48.

While I sing, let my soul be deeply affected with the dreadful nature of sin, and with men’s obstinacy, nay mine own obstinacy therein. Let me, with amazement, behold the unbounded mercy of God to men; in that where sin hath abounded grace doth much more abound.

1 Give praise and thanks unto the Lord,
for bountiful is he;
His tender mercy doth endure
unto eternity.

2 God’s mighty works who can express?
or shew forth all his praise?
3 Blessed are they that judgment keep,
and justly do always.

4 Remember me, Lord, with that love
which thou to thine dost bear;
With thy salvation, O my God,
to visit me draw near:

5 That I thy chosen’s good may see,
and in their joy rejoice;
And may with thine inheritance
triumph with cheerful voice.

6 We with our fathers sinned have,
and of iniquity
Too long we have the workers been;
we have done wickedly.

7 The wonders great, which thou, O Lord,
didst work in Egypt land,
Our fathers, though they saw, yet them
they did not understand:

And they thy mercies’ multitude
kept not in memory;
But at the sea, ev’n the Red sea,
provoked him grievously.

8 Nevertheless he saved them,
ev’n for his own name’s sake;
That so he might to be well known
his mighty power make.

9 When he the Red sea did rebuke,
then dried up it was:
Through depths, as through the wilderness,
he safely made them pass.

10 From hands of those that hated them
he did his people save;
And from the en’my’s cruel hand
to them redemption gave.

11 The waters overwhelmed their foes;
not one was left alive.
12 Then they believed his word, and praise
to him in songs did give.

13 But soon did they his mighty works
forget unthankfully,
And on his counsel and his will
did not wait patiently;

14 But much did lust in wilderness,
and God in desert tempt.
15 He gave them what they sought, but to
their soul he leanness sent.

16 And against Moses in the camp
their envy did appear;
At Aaron they, the saint of God,
envious also were.

17 Therefore the earth did open wide,
and Dathan did devour,
And all Abiram’s company
did cover in that hour.

18 Likewise among their company
a fire was kindled then;
And so the hot consuming flame
burnt up these wicked men.

19 Upon the hill of Horeb they
an idol-calf did frame,
A molten image they did make,
and worshippèd the same.

20 And thus their glory, and their God,
most vainly changèd they
Into the likeness of an ox
that eateth grass or hay.

21 They did forget the mighty God,
that had their savior been,
By whom such great things brought to pass
they had in Egypt seen.

22 In Ham’s land he did wondrous works,
things terrible did he,
When he his mighty hand and arm
stretched out at the Red sea.

23 Then said he, He would them destroy,
had not, his wrath to stay,
His chosen Moses stood in breach,
that them he should not slay.

24 Yea, they despised the pleasant land,
believèd not his word:
25 But in their tents they murmur-ed,
not heark’ning to the Lord.

26 Therefore in desert them to slay
he lifted up his hand:
27 ‘Mong nations to o’erthrow their seed,
and scatter in each land.

28 They unto Baal-peor did
themselves associate;
The sacrifices of the dead
they did profanely eat.

29 Thus, by their lewd inventions,
they did provoke his ire;
And then upon them suddenly
the plague brake in as fire.

30 Then Phin’has rose, and justice did,
and so the plague did cease;
31 That to all ages counted was
to him for righteousness.

32 And at the waters, where they strove,
they did him angry make,
In such sort, that it fared ill
with Moses for their sake:

33 Because they there his spirit meek
provokèd bitterly,
So that he uttered with his lips
words unadvisedly.

34 Nor, as the Lord commanded them,
did they the nations slay:
35 But with the heathen mingled were,
and learned of them their way.

36 And they their idols served, which did
a snare unto them turn.
37 Their sons and daughters they to dev’ls
in sacrifice did burn.

38 In their own children’s guiltless blood
their hands they did imbrue,
Whom to Canaan’s idols they
for sacrifices slew:

So was the land defiled with blood.
39 They stained with their own way,
And with their own inventions
a whoring they did stray.

40 Against his people kindled was
the wrath of God therefore,
Insomuch that he did his own
inheritance abhor.

41 He gave them to the heathen’s hand;
their foes did them command.
42 Their en’mies them oppressed, they were
made subject to their hand.

43 He many times delivered them;
but with their counsel so
They him provoked, that for their sin
they were brought very low.

44 Yet their affliction he beheld,
when he did hear their cry:
45 And he for them his covenant
did call to memory;

After his mercies’ multitude
46 he did repent: And made
Them to be pitied of all those
who did them captive lead.

47 O Lord our God, us save, and gather
the heathen from among,
That we thy holy name may praise
in a triumphant song.

48 Blessed be Jehovah, Isr’el’s God,
to all eternity:
Let all the people say, Amen.
Praise to the Lord give ye.