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“When our ancestors were in Egypt, they gave no thought to your miracles; they did not remember your many kindnesses, and they rebelled by the sea, the Red Sea. Yet he saved them for his name’s sake, to make his mighty power known. He rebuked the Red Sea, and it dried up; he led them through the depths as through a desert.
He saved them from the hand of the foe; from the hand of the enemy he redeemed them. But they soon forgot what he had done and did not wait for his plan to unfold.In the desert they gave in to their craving; in the wilderness they put God to the test.
So he gave them what they asked for. In the camp they grew envious of Moses and of Aaron, who was consecrated to the Lord. At Horeb they made a calf and worshiped an idol cast from metal. They exchanged their glorious God for an image of a bull, which eats grass.
So he said he would destroy them-had not Moses, his chosen one, stood in the breach before him to keep his wrath from destroying them.
Many times he delivered them, but they were bent on rebellion and they wasted away in their sin.
Yet he took note of their distress when he heard their cry; for their sake he remembered his covenant and out of his great love he relented.”

Psalm 106

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