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Psalms 106:13-22


106:13 They quickly forgot what he had done; 1 

they did not wait for his instructions. 2 

106:14 In the wilderness they had an insatiable craving 3  for meat; 4 

they challenged God 5  in the desert.

106:15 He granted their request,

then struck them with a disease. 6 

106:16 In the camp they resented 7  Moses,

and Aaron, the Lord’s holy priest. 8 

106:17 The earth opened up and swallowed Dathan;

it engulfed 9  the group led by Abiram. 10 

106:18 Fire burned their group;

the flames scorched the wicked. 11 

106:19 They made an image of a calf at Horeb,

and worshiped a metal idol.

106:20 They traded their majestic God 12 

for the image of an ox that eats grass.

106:21 They rejected 13  the God who delivered them,

the one who performed great deeds in Egypt,

106:22 amazing feats in the land of Ham,

mighty 14  acts by the Red Sea.

1 tn Heb “his works.”

2 tn Heb “his counsel.”

3 sn They had an insatiable craving. This is described in Num 11:4-35.

4 tn Heb “they craved [with] a craving.”

5 tn Heb “they tested God.”

6 tn Heb “and he sent leanness into their being.”

sn Disease. See Num 11:33-34, where this plague is described.

7 tn Or “envied.”

8 tn Heb “the holy one of the Lord.”

9 tn Or “covered.”

10 tn Or “the assembly of Abiram.”

11 sn Verses 16-18 describe the events of Num 16:1-40.

12 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 Lord states that his people (Israel) exchanged “their glory” (a reference to the Lord) for worthless idols.

13 tn Heb “forgot.”

14 tn Or “awe-inspiring.”

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