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The Catholic Study Bible A special version of the New American Bible, with a wealth of background information useful to Catholics.

Chapter 106

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Israel's Confession of Sin

1Hallelujah!

A

Give thanks to the LORD, who is good, whose love endures forever. r Pss 100, 5; 107, 1; 1 Chr 16, 34; Jer 33, 11; Dn 3, 89 . 2Who can tell the mighty deeds of the LORD, proclaim in full God's praise? 3Happy those who do what is right, whose deeds are always just. s Is 56, 1–2 . 4Remember me, LORD, as you favor your people; come to me with your saving help, t Ps 25, 7; Neh 5, 19 . 5That I may see the prosperity of your chosen, rejoice in the joy of your people, and glory with your heritage.

B

6We have sinned like our ancestors; u 6–7: Ps 78, 11–17; Ex 14, 11; Lv 26, 40; 1 Kgs 8, 47; Bar 2, 12; Dn 9, 5 . we have done wrong and are guilty.

I

7Our ancestors in Egypt did not attend to your wonders. They did not remember your great love; they defied the Most High at the Red Sea. 8Yet he saved them for his name's sake to make his power known. v Ez 36, 20–22 . 9He roared at the Red Sea and it dried up. He led them through the deep as through a desert. w Ex 14, 21–31; Is 50, 2; 63, 11–14; Na 1, 4 . 10He rescued them from hostile hands, freed them from the power of the enemy. 11The waters covered their oppressors; not one of them survived. 12Then they believed his words and sang songs of praise. x Ex 15, 1–21 .

II

13But they soon forgot all he had done; they had no patience for his plan. 14In the desert they gave way to their cravings, tempted God in the wasteland. y Ps 78, 18; Ex 15, 24; 16, 3; Nm 11, 1–6 . 15So he gave them what they asked and sent among them a wasting disease. z Ps 78, 26–31; Nm 11, 33 .

III

16In the camp they challenged Moses a 16–18: Nm 16; Dt 11, 6; Is 26, 11 . and Aaron, the holy one of the LORD. 17The earth opened and swallowed Dathan, it closed on the followers of Abiram. 18Against that company the fire blazed; flames consumed the wicked.

IV

19At Horeb they fashioned a calf, b 19–20: Ex 32; Dt 9, 8–21; Jer 2, 11; Acts 7, 41; Rom 1, 23 . worshiped a metal statue. 20They exchanged their glorious God for the image of a grass‐eating bull. 21They forgot the God who saved them, who did great deeds in Egypt, c Ps 78, 42–58; Dt 32, 18; Jer 2, 32 . 22Amazing deeds in the land of Ham, fearsome deeds at the Red Sea. 23He would have decreed their destruction, had not Moses, the chosen leader, Withstood him in the breach* to turn back his destroying anger. d Ex 32, 11; Dt 9, 25; Ez 22, 30 .

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24Next they despised the beautiful land; e 24–27: Lv 26, 33; Nm 14; Dt 1, 25–36; Ez 20, 15. 20, 23 . they did not believe the promise. 25In their tents they complained; they did not obey the LORD. 26So with raised hand he swore to destroy them in the desert, 27To scatter their descendants among the nations, disperse them in foreign lands.

VI

28They joined in the rites of Baal of Peor, f 28–31: Nm 25; Dt 26, 14; Sir 45, 23–24 . ate food sacrificed to dead gods. 29They provoked him by their actions, and a plague broke out among them. 30Then Phinehas rose to intervene, and the plague was brought to a halt. 31This was counted for him as a righteous deed for all generations to come.

VII

32At the waters of Meribah they angered God, g 32–33: Ps 95, 8–9; Ex 17, 1–7; Nm 20, 2–13; Dt 6, 16; 33, 8 . and Moses suffered because of them.* 33They so embittered his spirit that rash words crossed his lips.

VIII

34They did not destroy the peoples as the LORD had commanded them, h Dt 7, 1; Jgs 2, 1–5 . 35But mingled with the nations and imitated their ways. i Lv 18, 3; Jgs 1, 27–35; 3, 5 . 36They worshiped their idols and were ensnared by them. j 36–38: Lv 18, 21; Nm 35, 33; Dt 32, 17; Jgs 2, 11–13. 17. 19; 2 Kgs 16, 3; Bar 4, 7; 1 Cor 10, 20 . 37They sacrificed to the gods* their own sons and daughters, 38Shedding innocent blood, the blood of their own sons and daughters, Whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan, desecrating the land with bloodshed. 39They defiled themselves by their actions, became adulterers by their conduct. 40So the LORD grew angry with his people, abhorred his own heritage. 41He handed them over to the nations, and their adversaries ruled them. k Jgs 2, 14–23 . 42Their enemies oppressed them, kept them under subjection. 43Many times did he rescue them, but they kept rebelling and scheming and were brought low by their own guilt. l Is 63, 7–9 . 44Still God had regard for their affliction when he heard their wailing. 45For their sake he remembered his covenant and relented in his abundant love, m Lv 26, 42 . 46Winning for them compassion from all who held them captive.

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47Save us, LORD, our God; gather us from among the nations That we may give thanks to your holy name and glory in praising you. n 1 Chr 16, 35 .

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48Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting! Let all the people say, Amen! o Pss 41, 14; 72, 18; 89, 53; 1 Chr 16, 36; Neh 9, 5 . Hallelujah!*

Notes:

r: Pss 100, 5; 107, 1; 1 Chr 16, 34; Jer 33, 11; Dn 3, 89 .

s: Is 56, 1–2 .

t: Ps 25, 7; Neh 5, 19 .

u: 6–7: Ps 78, 11–17; Ex 14, 11; Lv 26, 40; 1 Kgs 8, 47; Bar 2, 12; Dn 9, 5 .

v: Ez 36, 20–22 .

w: Ex 14, 21–31; Is 50, 2; 63, 11–14; Na 1, 4 .

x: Ex 15, 1–21 .

y: Ps 78, 18; Ex 15, 24; 16, 3; Nm 11, 1–6 .

z: Ps 78, 26–31; Nm 11, 33 .

a: 16–18: Nm 16; Dt 11, 6; Is 26, 11 .

b: 19–20: Ex 32; Dt 9, 8–21; Jer 2, 11; Acts 7, 41; Rom 1, 23 .

c: Ps 78, 42–58; Dt 32, 18; Jer 2, 32 .

d: Ex 32, 11; Dt 9, 25; Ez 22, 30 .

e: 24–27: Lv 26, 33; Nm 14; Dt 1, 25–36; Ez 20, 15. 20, 23 .

f: 28–31: Nm 25; Dt 26, 14; Sir 45, 23–24 .

g: 32–33: Ps 95, 8–9; Ex 17, 1–7; Nm 20, 2–13; Dt 6, 16; 33, 8 .

h: Dt 7, 1; Jgs 2, 1–5 .

i: Lv 18, 3; Jgs 1, 27–35; 3, 5 .

j: 36–38: Lv 18, 21; Nm 35, 33; Dt 32, 17; Jgs 2, 11–13. 17. 19; 2 Kgs 16, 3; Bar 4, 7; 1 Cor 10, 20 .

k: Jgs 2, 14–23 .

l: Is 63, 7–9 .

m: Lv 26, 42 .

n: 1 Chr 16, 35 .

o: Pss 41, 14; 72, 18; 89, 53; 1 Chr 16, 36; Neh 9, 5 .

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