105:1 Give thanks to the Lord!
Call on his name!
Make known his accomplishments among the nations!
105:2 Sing to him!
Make music to him!
Tell about all his miraculous deeds!
105:3 Boast about his holy name!
Let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice!
105:4 Seek the Lord and the strength he gives!
Seek his presence continually!
105:5 Recall the miraculous deeds he performed,
his mighty acts and the judgments he decreed, 2
105:7 He is the Lord our God;
he carries out judgment throughout the earth. 8
105:8 He always remembers his covenantal decree,
the promise he made 9 to a thousand generations –
the promise he made by oath to Isaac!
105:10 He gave it to Jacob as a decree,
to Israel as a lasting promise, 11
105:11 saying, “To you I will give the land of Canaan
as the portion of your inheritance.”
105:12 When they were few in number,
just a very few, and resident aliens within it,
105:13 they wandered from nation to nation,
and from one kingdom to another. 12
105:14 He let no one oppress them;
he disciplined kings for their sake,
Don’t harm my prophets!”
105:16 He called down a famine upon the earth;
he cut off all the food supply. 15
Joseph was sold as a servant.
his neck was placed in an iron collar, 18
the ruler of nations set him free.
and made him manager of all his property,
and to teach his advisers. 25
Jacob lived for a time 27 in the land of Ham.
and to mistreat 32 his servants.
105:26 He sent his servant Moses,
and Aaron, whom he had chosen.
and his amazing deeds in the land of Ham.
they did not disobey his orders. 35
105:29 He turned their water into blood,
and killed their fish.
105:30 Their land was overrun by frogs,
which even got into the rooms of their kings.
gnats invaded their whole territory.
there was lightning in their land. 38
105:33 He destroyed their vines and fig trees,
and broke the trees throughout their territory.
105:35 They ate all the vegetation in their land,
and devoured the crops of their fields. 40
105:36 He struck down all the firstborn in their land,
the firstfruits of their reproductive power. 41
none of his tribes stumbled.
105:38 Egypt was happy when they left,
for they were afraid of them. 44
and provided a fire to light up the night.
he satisfied them with food from the sky. 47
105:41 He opened up a rock and water flowed out;
a river ran through dry regions.
he made to Abraham his servant.
105:43 When he led his people out, they rejoiced;
his chosen ones shouted with joy. 50
105:44 He handed the territory of nations over to them,
and they took possession of what other peoples had produced, 51
105:45 so that they might keep his commands
and obey 52 his laws.
Praise the Lord!
106:1 Praise the Lord!
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,
and his loyal love endures! 54
106:2 Who can adequately recount the Lord’s mighty acts,
or relate all his praiseworthy deeds? 55
106:3 How blessed are those who promote justice,
and do what is right all the time!
106:4 Remember me, O Lord, when you show favor to your people!
Pay attention to me, when you deliver,
rejoice along with your nation, 57
and boast along with the people who belong to you. 58
we have done wrong, we have done evil.
106:7 Our ancestors in Egypt failed to appreciate your miraculous deeds,
they failed to remember your many acts of loyal love,
and they rebelled at the sea, by the Red Sea. 61
that he might reveal his power.
he led them through the deep water as if it were a desert.
106:11 The water covered their enemies;
not even one of them survived. 67
they sang praises to him.
they did not wait for his instructions. 70
they challenged God 73 in the desert.
106:15 He granted their request,
then struck them with a disease. 74
and Aaron, the Lord’s holy priest. 76
106:17 The earth opened up and swallowed Dathan;
106:18 Fire burned their group;
the flames scorched the wicked. 79
106:19 They made an image of a calf at Horeb,
and worshiped a metal idol.
for the image of an ox that eats grass.
the one who performed great deeds in Egypt,
106:22 amazing feats in the land of Ham,
mighty 82 acts by the Red Sea.
and turned back his destructive anger. 86
they did not believe his promise. 88
they did not obey 90 the Lord.
that he would make them die 92 in the desert,
and scatter them among foreign lands. 95
and ate sacrifices offered to the dead. 97
and a plague broke out among them.
and the plague subsided.
106:31 This brought him a reward,
an eternal gift. 100
106:32 They made him angry by the waters of Meribah,
and Moses suffered 101 because of them,
and he spoke rashly. 104
as the Lord had commanded them to do.
106:35 They mixed in with the nations
and learned their ways. 106
which became a snare to them. 108
106:38 They shed innocent blood –
the blood of their sons and daughters,
whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan.
The land was polluted by bloodshed. 110
106:39 They were defiled by their deeds,
and unfaithful in their actions. 111
and despised the people who belong to him. 113
and those who hated them ruled over them.
106:42 Their enemies oppressed them;
they were subject to their authority. 115
but they had a rebellious attitude, 117
and degraded themselves 118 by their sin.
106:44 Yet he took notice of their distress,
when he heard their cry for help.
106:45 He remembered his covenant with them,
and relented 119 because of his great loyal love.
to have pity on them.
106:47 Deliver us, O Lord, our God!
Gather us from among the nations!
Then we will give thanks 121 to your holy name,
and boast about your praiseworthy deeds. 122
in the future and forevermore. 124
[105:1] 1 sn Psalm 105. The psalmist summons Israel to praise God because he delivered his people from Egypt in fulfillment of his covenantal promises to Abraham. A parallel version of vv. 1-15 appears in 1 Chr 16:8-22.
[105:18] 18 tn Heb “his neck came [into] iron.” The Hebrew term נֶפֶשׁ (nefesh) with the suffix could mean simply “he” or “his life.” But the nuance “neck” makes good sense here (note the reference to his “feet” in the preceding line). See L. C. Allen, Psalms 101-150 (WBC), 38.
[105:19] 20 tn This line may refer to Joseph’s prediction of the famine in response to Pharaoh’s dream. Joseph emphasized to Pharaoh that the interpretation of the dream came from God (see Gen 41:16, 25, 28, 32, 39).
[105:36] sn Verses 28-36 recall the plagues in a different order than the one presented in Exodus: v. 28 (plague 9), v. 29 (plague 1), v. 30 (plague 2), v. 31a (plague 4), v. 31b (plague 3), vv. 32-33 (plague 7), vv. 34-35 (plague 8), v. 36 (plague 10). No reference is made in Ps 105 to plagues 5 and 6.
[105:40] 46 tn Heb “he [i.e., his people] asked.” The singular form should probably be emended to a plural שָׁאֲלוּ (sha’alu, “they asked”), the vav (ו) having fallen off by haplography (note the vav at the beginning of the following form).
[106:7] 61 tn Heb “Reed Sea” (also in vv. 9, 22). “Reed Sea” (or “Sea of Reeds”) is a more accurate rendering of the Hebrew expression יָם סוּף (yam suf), traditionally translated “Red Sea.” See the note on the term “Red Sea” in Exod 13:18.
[106:20] 80 tn Heb “their glory.” According to an ancient Hebrew scribal tradition, the text originally read “his glory” or “my glory.” In Jer 2:11 the