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Psalm 106


[Recommended tunes: v 1-5 Dunfermline, St David, Huddersfield; 
v 6-48 Hermon, St Kilda, Bedford, Ericstane]


1Give praise and thanks unto the Lord,

for bountiful is he;

His tender mercy doth endure

unto eternity.

2God's mighty works who can express?

or shew forth all his praise?

3Blessed are they that judgment keep,

and justly do always.


4Remember me, Lord, with that love

which thou to thine dost bear;

With thy salvation, O my God,

to visit me draw near:

5That I thy chosen's good may see,

and in their joy rejoice;

And may with thine inheritance

triumph with cheerful voice.


6We with our fathers sinned have,

and of iniquity

Too long we have the workers been;

we have done wickedly.

7The 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 ,

provok'd him grievously.

8Nevertheless he saved them,

ev'n for his own name's sake;

That so he might to be well known

his mighty power make.


9When he the Red sea did rebuke,

then dried up it was:

Through depths, as through the wilderness,

he safely made them pass.

10From hands of those that hated them

he did his people save;

And from the en'my's cruel hand

to them redemption gave.


11The waters overwhelm'd their foes;

not one was left alive.

12Then they believ'd his word, and praise

to him in songs did give.

13But soon did they his mighty works

forget unthankfully,

And on his counsel and his will

did not wait patiently;


14But much did lust in wilderness,

and God in desert tempt.

15He gave them what they sought, but to

their soul he leanness sent.

16And against Moses in the camp

their envy did appear;

At Aaron they, the saint of God,

envious also were.


17Therefore the earth did open wide,

and Dathan did devour,

And all Abiram's company

did cover in that hour.

18Likewise among their company

a fire was kindled then;

And so the hot consuming flame

burnt up these wicked men.


19Upon the hill of Horeb they

an idol-calf did frame,

A molten image they did make,

and worshipped the same.

20And thus their glory, and their God,

most vainly changed they

Into the likeness of an ox

that eateth grass or hay.


21They did forget the mighty God,

that had their saviour been,

By whom such great things brought to pass

they had in Egypt seen.

22In Ham's land he did wondrous works,

things terrible did he,

When he his mighty hand and arm

stretch'd out at the Red sea .


23Then said he, He would them destroy,

had not, his wrath to stay,

His chosen Moses stood in breach,

that them he should not slay.

24Yea, they despis'd the pleasant land,

believed not his word:

25But in their tents they murmured,

not heark'ning to the Lord.


26Therefore in desert them to slay

he lifted up his hand:

27'Mong nations to o'erthrow their seed,

and scatter in each land.

28They unto Baal-peor did

themselves associate;

The sacrifices of the dead

they did profanely eat.


29Thus, by their lewd inventions,

they did provoke his ire;

And then upon them suddenly

the plague brake in as fire.

30Then Phin'has rose, and justice did,

and so the plague did cease;

31That to all ages counted was

to him for righteousness.


32And at the waters, where they strove,

they did him angry make,

In such sort, that it fared ill

with Moses for their sake:

33Because they there his spirit meek

provoked bitterly,

So that he utter'd with his lips

words unadvisedly.


34Nor, as the Lord commanded them,

did they the nations slay:

35But with the heathen mingled were,

and learn'd of them their way.

36And they their idols serv'd, which did

a snare unto them turn.

37Their sons and daughters they to dev'ls

in sacrifice did burn.


38In their own children's guiltless blood

their hands they did imbrue,

Whom to Canaan 's idols they

for sacrifices slew:

So was the land defil'd with blood.

39They stain'd with their own way,

And with their own inventions

a whoring they did stray.


40Against his people kindled was

the wrath of God therefore,

Insomuch that he did his own

inheritance abhor.

41He gave them to the heathen's hand;

their foes did them command.

42Their en'mies them oppress'd, they were

made subject to their hand.


43He many times deliver'd them;

but with their counsel so

They him provok'd, that for their sin

they were brought very low.

44Yet their affliction he beheld,

when he did hear their cry:

45And he for them his covenant

did call to memory;


After his mercies' multitude

46he did repent: And made

Them to be pity'd of all those

who did them captive lead.

47O Lord our God, us save, and gather

the heathen from among,

That we thy holy name may praise

in a triumphant song.


48Bless'd be JEHOVAH, Isr'el's God,

to all eternity:

Let all the people say, Amen.

Praise to the Lord give ye.




The Psalms in Metre