Psalm 106                                                                                                    Saturday Readings 2, Seasonal


                           Give thanks to Yahweh for he is good, * for eternal is his kindness.

                           Who can express Yahweh's might, * or sound all his praise?

Blest are those conscious of justice, * the one who acts rightly at all times!

    Think of me, Yahweh, * with your strong support; * visit me with your saving help,

    that I may enjoy the prosperity of your chosen, * rejoice in the joy of your nation, * glory in your patrimony.

We have sinned like our fathers; * we have done wrong, committed crimes.

    After Egypt our fathers * did not consider your wonders, * did not remember your abounding kindness.

    From the Reed Sea they defied the Most High, * though he saved them because of his name, * to make known his might.

        He rebuked the Sea; * the Reeds he dried up; * he marched them through the deep as through a desert.

        He saved them from the hand of the enemy, * and freed them from the hand of the foe.

        The waters covered their adversaries, * not one of whom survived.

        Then they believed his words, * and sang his praise.

    But they quickly forgot his works, * and did not wait for his advice.

    They complained bitterly in the desert, * and tested El in the barrens.

    Yet he gave them what they requested, * and banished starvation from their throats.

        They envied Moses in the camp, * and Aaron the holy one of Yahweh.

           The earth opened up * and swallowed Dathan; * it covered the faction of Abiram.

           Fire blazed against their faction; * flames devoured the wicked.

               They made a young bull at Horeb, * and worshiped a molten image.

               They bartered their religion * for the figure of a grass-eating bull.

                   They forgot El their Savior, * who had worked great deeds in Egypt,

                   wonders in the land of Ham, * awesome happenings near the Reed Sea.

                       Then he decided to exterminate them, * were it not for Moses his chosen,

                       who stood in the breach before him * to keep his fury from ravaging them.

                       Then they rejected the coveted land; * they did not believe his word.

                       They grumbled in their tents, * heeded not the voice of Yahweh.

                   So he raised his hand against them * to fell them in the desert,

                   to cast their offspring among the nations, * and disperse them throughout the lands.

               They yoked themselves to Baal Peor, * and ate banquets of the dead.

               They so angered him by their doings * that a plague erupted among them.

           Then Phinehas stood up and interceded, * and the plague was checked.

           This was credited to his virtue, * from generation to generation, forever.

        They infuriated him at the waters of Meribah, * so that Moses fared ill on their account,

        because they defied his spirit, * and he spoke rashly with his lips.

    They did not exterminate the peoples * as Yahweh had commanded them,

    but intermarried with the nations * and learned their customs.

        They served their idols * which became a lure for them.

        They sacrificed their sons * and their daughters to demons.

        They shed innocent blood, * the blood of their sons and daughters,

        whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan, * and they desecrated the land with torrents of blood.

        They defiled themselves by their actions, * and fornicated in their doings.

    Then Yahweh's anger was kindled against his people, * and he abhorred his patrimony.

    He put them into the hand of the nations, * so that their enemies ruled over them;

    their foes oppressed them; * they were humbled under their hand.

Many times he rescued them, * but they hardened in their purpose, * and so collapsed in their wickedness.

    Yet he looked on them in their distress, * listening to their cry.

    He remembered his covenant with them, * and led them in his abounding kindness.

He granted them untold mercies * in the sight of all their captors.

Save us, Yahweh our God, * and gather us from among the nations,

that we may give thanks to your holy Name, * to be extolled by giving you praise.

Praised be Yahweh, the God of Israel, * from eternity to eternity! * and let all the people say, “Amen!”



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