Psalms 1051 Give thanks to the Lord!
Call on his name!
Make known his accomplishments among the nations!
2 Sing to him!
Make music to him!
Tell about all his miraculous deeds!
3 Boast about his holy name!
Let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice!
4 Seek the Lord and the strength he gives!
Seek his presence continually!
5 Recall the miraculous deeds he performed,
his mighty acts and the judgments he decreed, ▼
▼ Heb “and the judgments of his mouth.”
6 O children ▼
▼ Or “offspring”; Heb “seed.”of Abraham, ▼ God’s ▼
▼ Heb “his”; the referent (God) has been specified in the translation for clarity.servant,
you descendants ▼
▼ Heb “sons.”of Jacob, God’s ▼
▼ Heb “his”; the referent (God) has been specified in the translation for clarity.chosen ones!
7 He is the Lord our God;
he carries out judgment throughout the earth. ▼
▼ Heb “in all the earth [are] his judgments.”
8 He always remembers his covenantal decree,
the promise he made ▼ to a thousand generations –
9 the promise ▼
▼ Heb “which.”he made to Abraham,
the promise he made by oath to Isaac!
10 He gave it to Jacob as a decree,
to Israel as a lasting promise, ▼
▼ Or “eternal covenant.”
11 saying, “To you I will give the land of Canaan
as the portion of your inheritance.”
12 When they were few in number,
just a very few, and resident aliens within it,
13 they wandered from nation to nation,
and from one kingdom to another. ▼
▼ Heb “and from a kingdom to another nation.”
14 He let no one oppress them;
he disciplined kings for their sake,
15 saying, ▼
▼ The word “saying” is supplied in the translation for clarification and for stylistic reasons.“Don’t touch my chosen ▼
▼ Heb “anointed.”ones!
Don’t harm my prophets!”
16 He called down a famine upon the earth;
he cut off all the food supply. ▼
17 He sent a man ahead of them ▼ –
Joseph was sold as a servant.
18 The shackles hurt his feet; ▼
▼ Heb “they afflicted his feet with shackles.”
his neck was placed in an iron collar, ▼
19 until the time when his prediction ▼ came true.
The Lord’s word ▼ proved him right. ▼
▼ Heb “refined him.”
20 The king authorized his release; ▼
▼ Heb “[the] king sent and set him free.”
the ruler of nations set him free.
21 He put him in charge of his palace, ▼
▼ Heb “he made him master of his house.”
and made him manager of all his property,
22 giving him authority to imprison his officials ▼
▼ Heb “to bind his officials by his will.”
and to teach his advisers. ▼
▼ Heb “and his elders he taught wisdom.”
23 Israel moved to ▼
▼ Heb “entered.”Egypt;
Jacob lived for a time ▼
▼ Heb “lived as a resident alien.”in the land of Ham.
24 The Lord ▼
▼ Heb “and he”; the referent (the Lord) has been specified in the translation for clarity.made his people very fruitful,
and made them ▼
▼ Heb “him,” referring to “his people.”more numerous than their ▼
▼ Heb “his,” referring to “his people.”enemies.
25 He caused them ▼
▼ Heb “their heart.”to hate his people,
and to mistreat ▼ his servants.
26 He sent his servant Moses,
and Aaron, whom he had chosen.
27 They executed his miraculous signs among them, ▼
and his amazing deeds in the land of Ham.
28 He made it dark; ▼
▼ Heb “he sent darkness and made it dark.”▼
they did not disobey his orders. ▼
▼ Heb “they did not rebel against his words.” Apparently this refers to Moses and Aaron, who obediently carried out God’s orders.
29 He turned their water into blood,
and killed their fish.
30 Their land was overrun by frogs,
which even got into the rooms of their kings.
31 He ordered flies to come; ▼
▼ Heb “he spoke and flies came.”
gnats invaded their whole territory.
32 He sent hail along with the rain; ▼
▼ Heb “he gave their rains hail.”
there was lightning in their land. ▼
▼ Heb “fire of flames [was] in their land.”
33 He destroyed their vines and fig trees,
and broke the trees throughout their territory.
34 He ordered locusts to come, ▼
▼ Heb “he spoke and locusts came.”
35 They ate all the vegetation in their land,
and devoured the crops of their fields. ▼
▼ Heb “the fruit of their ground.”
36 He struck down all the firstborn in their land,
the firstfruits of their reproductive power. ▼ ▼
37 He brought his people ▼
▼ Heb “them”; the referent (the Lord’s people) has been supplied in the translation for clarity.out enriched ▼
▼ The word “enriched” is supplied in the translation for clarification and for stylistic reasons.with silver and gold;
none of his tribes stumbled.
38 Egypt was happy when they left,
for they were afraid of them. ▼
▼ Heb “for fear of them had fallen upon them.”
39 He spread out a cloud for a cover, ▼
▼ Or “curtain.”
and provided a fire to light up the night.
40 They asked for food, ▼
▼ 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).and he sent quails;
he satisfied them with food from the sky. ▼
41 He opened up a rock and water flowed out;
a river ran through dry regions.
42 Yes, ▼
▼ Or “for.”he remembered the sacred promise ▼
▼ Heb “his holy word.”
he made to Abraham his servant.
43 When he led his people out, they rejoiced;
his chosen ones shouted with joy. ▼
▼ Heb “and he led his people out with joy, with a ringing cry, his chosen ones.”
44 He handed the territory of nations over to them,
and they took possession of what other peoples had produced, ▼
▼ Heb “and the [product of the] work of peoples they possessed.”
45 so that they might keep his commands
and obey ▼
▼ Heb “guard.”his laws.
Praise the Lord!
▼ Psalm 106. The psalmist recalls Israel’s long history of rebellion against God, despite his mighty saving deeds on their behalf.
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