Psalm 106 N.
Words: Sternhold and Hopkins, The Whole Book of Psalms Collected into English Metre
1 Praise ye the Lord for he is good, his mercy lasts alway; Who can express his noble acts, or all his praise display?
2 They blessèd are that judgment keep, and justly do alway: With favor of thy people, Lord, remember me, I pray;
3 And with thy saving health, O Lord, vouchsafe to visit me, That I the great felicity of thine elect may see;
4 And with thy people's joy I may a joyful mind possess, And may with thine inheritance a cheerful heart express.
5 Both we and our forefathers all have sinèd every one; We have committed wickedness, and very lewdly done.
6 The wonders great which thou, O Lord, hast done in Egypt s land Our fathers, though they saw them all, yet did not understand:
7 Nor yet thy mercies manifold did keep in memory; But at the sea, yea, the Red Sea, Rebelled ungratefully.
8 Nevertheless he savèd them for honor of his Name; That he might make his power known, and spread abroad his fame.
9 The Red Sea he did then rebuke, and forthwith it was dried; As in the wilderness, so through the deep he did them guide.
10 He saved them from the cruel hand of their most spiteful foe, And from their enemies he did deliver them also.
The Second Part.
11 The waters did them overthrow, not one was left alive: Then they believed his word, and praise in song they did him give.
12 But very soon ungratefully his works they quite forgot, And for his counsel and his will they did neglect to wait:
13 But sinèd in the wilderness with fond and greedy lust, And in the desert tempted God, their only stay and trust.
14 Who all their wanton minds' desire did suffer them to have; But wasting leanness there withal into their souls be gave.
15 Then when they lodgèd in their tents, at Moses they did grutch;** Aaron the holy of the Lord they also envied much:
16 Therefore the earth did open wide, and Dathan did devour, And all Abiram's company did cover in that hour.
17 In their assembly kindled was a hot consuming fire, And wasting flame did then burn up the wicked in his ire.
18 Upon the hill of Horeb they an idol calf did frame, And there the molten image they did worship of the same.
19 Thus to the likeness of a calf which feedeth on the grass, They turnèd all their glory, and their honor did deface;
20 And God their only Savior they un-thankfully forgot, Who many great and mighty things in Egypt's land had wrought.
The Third Part.
21 And in the land of Ham for them most wondrous works had done, And by the Red Sea dreadful things Perform-ed long agone.
22 Therefore because they showed themselves forgetful and unkind, To bring destruction on them all he purposed in his mind:
23 Had not his chosen Moses stood before him in the way, To turn away his wrath, lest he should them destroy and slay.
24 They did despise the pleasant land that he to them did give, Yea, and the words that he had spoke they did no whit believe;
25 But in their tents with grudging heart they wickedly repined, Nor to the voice of God the Lord did give an heark'ning mind.
26 Therefore against them lifted he his strong revenging hand, Them to destroy in wilderness, before they saw the land;
27 And to destroy their seed among the nations with his rod, And through the kingdoms of the world to scatter them abroad.
28 To Baal-peor they did join themselves most wickedly, The sacrifices of the dead eating most greedily.
29 Thus they with their inventions did his anger much provoke; And in his sore enkindled wrath the plague upon them broke.
30 But Phinehas stood up with zeal the sinners vile to slay; And judgment he did execute, and then the plague did stay.
The Fourth Part.
31 It was imputed unto him for righteousness that day, And from thenceforth so counted is from race to race alway.
32 At waters call-ed Meribah they did him angry make; Yea, so far forth that Moses then was punished for their sake:
33 Because they vexed his spirit so, that in impatient heat His lips spake unadvisedly, his fervor was so great.
34 Nor as the Lord commanded them, did they the people slay; But were among the heathen mixed, and learned their wicked way:
35 They did their idols serve, which was their ruin and decay; To devils sons and daughters did they offer up and slay.
36 Yea, with unkind and murd'ring knife the guiltless blood they spilt, E'en their own sons' and daughters' blood without all cause of guilt;
37 Whom they to Canaan's idols then offered with wicked hand, And so with blood of innocents Defilèd was the land.
38 Thus they were stain-ed with the works of their own filthy way, And with their own inventions did a whoring go astray.
39 Therefore against his people was his anger kindled sore, And e'en his own inheritance he did abhor therefore.
40 Into the hands of heathen men he gave them for a prey; And made their foes their lords, whom they were forcèd to obey.
The Fifth Part.
41 Yea, and their hateful enemies oppressed them in their land, And they were humbly made to stoop as subject to their hand.
42 Full oftentimes from thrall had he delivered them before; But they rebelled against him, and provoked him evermore;
43 Therefore they by their wickedness were brought full low to lie; Yet when he saw them in distress he hearkened to their cry:
44 He called to mind his covenant, which he to them had swore, And by his mercies multitude repented him therefore:
45 And favor he them made to find before the sight of those That led them captive from their land, though they had been their foes.
46 Save us, O Lord, that art our God, we do thee humbly pray, And from among the heathen folk, Lord, gather us away;
47 That we may triumph and rejoice in thy most holy Name, That we may glory in thy praise, and sounding of thy fame.
48 The Lord the God of Israel be blessèd evermore; Let all the people say, Amen. Praise ye the Lord therefore.
** archaic - from the same root as grudge. To feel dissatisfaction with or ill will toward.