Psalm 106; Psalm 107

1 Praise the Lord! Thank the Lord because he is good. His love continues forever. 2 No one can tell all the mighty things the Lord has done; no one can speak all his praise. 3 Happy are those who do right, who do what is fair at all times. 4 Lord, remember me when you are kind to your people; help me when you save them. 5 Let me see the good things you do for your chosen people. Let me be happy along with your happy nation; let me join your own people in praising you. 6 We have sinned just as our ancestors did. We have done wrong; we have done evil. 7 Our ancestors in Egypt did not learn from your miracles. They did not remember all your kindnesses, so they turned against you at the Red Sea. 8 But the Lord saved them for his own sake, to show his great power. 9 He commanded the Red Sea, and it dried up. He led them through the deep sea as if it were a desert. 10 He saved them from those who hated them. He saved them from their enemies, 11 and the water covered their foes. Not one of them escaped. 12 Then the people believed what the Lord said, and they sang praises to him. 13 But they quickly forgot what he had done; they did not wait for his advice. 14 They became greedy for food in the desert, and they tested God there. 15 So he gave them what they wanted, but he also sent a terrible disease among them. 16 The people in the camp were jealous of Moses and of Aaron, the holy priest of the Lord. 17 Then the ground opened up and swallowed Dathan and closed over Abiram's group. 18 A fire burned among their followers, and flames burned up the wicked. 19 The people made a gold calf at Mount Sinai and worshiped a metal statue. 20 They exchanged their glorious God for a statue of a bull that eats grass. 21 They forgot the God who saved them, who had done great things in Egypt, 22 who had done miracles in Egyptn and amazing things by the Red Sea. 23 So God said he would destroy them. But Moses, his chosen one, stood before him and stopped God's anger from destroying them. 24 Then they refused to go into the beautiful land of Canaan; they did not believe what God promised. 25 They grumbled in their tents and did not obey the Lord. 26 So he swore to them that they would die in the desert. 27 He said their children would be killed by other nations and that they would be scattered among other countries. 28 They joined in worshiping Baal at Peor and ate meat that had been sacrificed to lifeless statues. 29 They made the Lord angry by what they did, so many people became sick with a terrible disease. 30 But Phinehas prayed to the Lord, and the disease stopped. 31 Phinehas did what was right, and it will be remembered from now on. 32 The people also made the Lord angry at Meribah, and Moses was in trouble because of them. 33 The people turned against the Spirit of God, so Moses spoke without stopping to think. 34 The people did not destroy the other nations as the Lord had told them to do. 35 Instead, they mixed with the other nations and learned their customs. 36 They worshiped other nations' idols and were trapped by them. 37 They even killed their sons and daughters as sacrifices to demons. 38 They killed innocent people, their own sons and daughters, as sacrifices to the idols of Canaan. So the land was made unholy by their blood. 39 The people became unholy by their sins; they were unfaithful to God in what they did. 40 So the Lord became angry with his people and hated his own children. 41 He handed them over to other nations and let their enemies rule over them. 42 Their enemies were cruel to them and kept them under their power. 43 The Lord saved his people many times, but they continued to turn against him. So they became even more wicked. 44 But God saw their misery when he heard their cry. 45 He remembered his agreement with them, and he felt sorry for them because of his great love. 46 He caused them to be pitied by those who held them captive. 47 Lord our God, save us and bring us back from other nations. Then we will thank you and will gladly praise you. 48 Praise the Lord, the God of Israel. He always was and always will be. Let all the people say, "Amen!"
1 Thank the Lord because he is good. His love continues forever. 2 That is what those whom the Lord has saved should say. He has saved them from the enemy 3 and has gathered them from other lands, from east and west, north and south. 4 Some people had wandered in the desert lands. They found no city in which to live. 5 They were hungry and thirsty, and they were discouraged. 6 In their misery they cried out to the Lord, and he saved them from their troubles. 7 He led them on a straight road to a city where they could live. 8 Let them give thanks to the Lord for his love and for the miracles he does for people. 9 He satisfies the thirsty and fills up the hungry. 10 Some sat in gloom and darkness; they were prisoners suffering in chains. 11 They had turned against the words of God and had refused the advice of God Most High. 12 So he broke their pride by hard work. They stumbled, and no one helped. 13 In their misery they cried out to the Lord, and he saved them from their troubles. 14 He brought them out of their gloom and darkness and broke their chains. 15 Let them give thanks to the Lord for his love and for the miracles he does for people. 16 He breaks down bronze gates and cuts apart iron bars. 17 Some fools turned against God and suffered for the evil they did. 18 They refused to eat anything, so they almost died. 19 In their misery they cried out to the Lord, and he saved them from their troubles. 20 God gave the command and healed them, so they were saved from dying. 21 Let them give thanks to the Lord for his love and for the miracles he does for people. 22 Let them offer sacrifices to thank him. With joy they should tell what he has done. 23 Others went out to sea in ships and did business on the great oceans. 24 They saw what the Lord could do, the miracles he did in the deep oceans. 25 He spoke, and a storm came up, which blew up high waves. 26 The ships were tossed as high as the sky and fell low to the depths. The storm was so bad that they lost their courage. 27 They stumbled and fell like people who were drunk. They did not know what to do. 28 In their misery they cried out to the Lord, and he saved them from their troubles. 29 He stilled the storm and calmed the waves. 30 They were happy that it was quiet, and God guided them to the port they wanted. 31 Let them give thanks to the Lord for his love and for the miracles he does for people. 32 Let them praise his greatness in the meeting of the people; let them praise him in the meeting of the older leaders. 33 He changed rivers into a desert and springs of water into dry ground. 34 He made fertile land salty, because the people there did evil. 35 He changed the desert into pools of water and dry ground into springs of water. 36 He had the hungry settle there so they could build a city in which to live. 37 They planted seeds in the fields and vineyards, and they had a good harvest. 38 God blessed them, and they grew in number. Their cattle did not become fewer. 39 Because of disaster, troubles, and sadness, their families grew smaller and weaker. 40 He showed he was displeased with their leaders and made them wander in a pathless desert. 41 But he lifted the poor out of their suffering and made their families grow like flocks of sheep. 42 Good people see this and are happy, but the wicked say nothing. 43 Whoever is wise will remember these things and will think about the love of the Lord. A song. A psalm of David.