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  • Psalm 106:19-48
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19 Israel made a bull-calf at Horeb *

and worshiped a molten image;

20 And so they exchanged their Glory *

for the image of an ox that feeds on grass.

21 They forgot God their Savior, *

who had done great things in Egypt,

22 Wonderful deeds in the land of Ham, *

and fearful things at the Red Sea.

23 So he would have destroyed them,

had not Moses his chosen stood before him in the breach, *

to turn away his wrath from consuming them.

24 They refused the pleasant land *

and would not believe his promise.

25 They grumbled in their tents *

and would not listen to the voice of the LORD.

26 So he lifted his hand against them, *

to overthrow them in the wilderness,

27 To cast out their seed among the nations, *

and to scatter them throughout the lands.

28 They joined themselves to Baal-Peor *

and ate sacrifices offered to the dead.

29 They provoked him to anger with their actions, *

and a plague broke out among them.

30 Then Phinehas stood up and interceded, *

and the plague came to an end.

31 This was reckoned to him as righteousness *

throughout all generations for ever.

32 Again they provoked his anger at the waters of Meribah, *

so that he punished Moses because of them;

33 For they so embittered his spirit *

that he spoke rash words with his lips.

34 They did not destroy the peoples *

as the LORD had commanded them.

35 They intermingled with the heathen *

and learned their pagan ways,

36 So that they worshiped their idols, *

which became a snare to them.

37 They sacrificed their sons *

and their daughters to evil spirits.

38 They shed innocent blood,

the blood of their sons and daughters, *

which they offered to the idols of Canaan,

and the land was defiled with blood.

39 Thus they were polluted by their actions *

and went whoring in their evil deeds.

40 Therefore the wrath of the LORD was kindled against his people *

and he abhorred his inheritance.

41 He gave them over to the hand of the heathen, *

and those who hated them ruled over them.

42 Their enemies oppressed them, *

and they were humbled under their hand.

43 Many a time did he deliver them,

but they rebelled through their own devices, *

and were brought down in their iniquity.

44 Nevertheless, he saw their distress, *

when he heard their lamentation.

45 He remembered his covenant with them *

and relented in accordance with his great mercy.

46 He caused them to be pitied *

by those who held them captive.

47 Save us, O LORD our God,

and gather us from among the nations, *

that we may give thanks to your holy Name

and glory in your praise.

48 Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel,

from everlasting to everlasting; *

and let all the people say, "Amen!"


green leaf at end of canticle

  chanted by the Rev. Philip Mayer
St. Peter's by the Lake Episcopal Church
The Colony, Texas