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Psalm 107

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The psalmist exhorts the redeemed, in praising God, to observe his manifold providence,

107:1 Give thanks to Yahweh,
for he is good,
for his loving kindness endures forever.

107:2 Let the redeemed by Yahweh say so,
whom he has redeemed from the hand of the adversary,

107:3 And gathered out of the lands,
from the east and from the west,
from the north and from the south.

over travellers;

107:4 They wandered in the wilderness in a desert way.
They found no city to live in.

107:5 Hungry and thirsty,
their soul fainted in them.

107:6 Then they cried to Yahweh in their trouble,
and he delivered them out of their distresses,

107:7 he led them also by a straight way,
that they might go to a city to live in.

107:8 Let them praise Yahweh for his loving kindness,
for his wonderful works to the children of men!

107:9 For he satisfies the longing soul.
He fills the hungry soul with good.

over captives;

107:10 Some sat in darkness and in the shadow of death,
being bound in affliction and iron,

107:11 because they rebelled against the words of God,
and condemned the counsel of the Most High.

107:12 Therefore he brought down their heart with labor.
They fell down, and there was none to help.

107:13 Then they cried to Yahweh in their trouble,
and he saved them out of their distresses.

107:14 He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death,
and broke their bonds in sunder.

107:15 Let them praise Yahweh for his loving kindness,
for his wonderful works to the children of men!

107:16 For he has broken the gates of brass,
and cut through bars of iron.

over sick men;

107:17 Fools are afflicted because of their disobedience,
and because of their iniquities.

107:18 Their soul abhors all kinds of food.
They draw near to the gates of death.

107:19 Then they cry to Yahweh in their trouble,
he saves them out of their distresses.

107:20 He sends his word, and heals them,
and delivers them from their graves.

107:21 Let them praise Yahweh for his loving kindness,
for his wonderful works to the children of men!

107:22 Let them offer the sacrifices of thanksgiving,
and declare his works with singing.

over seamen;

107:23 Those who go down to the sea in ships,
who do business in great waters;

107:24 These see Yahweh’s works,
and his wonders in the deep.

107:25 For he commands, and raises the stormy wind,
which lifts up its waves.

107:26 They mount up to the sky; they go down again to the depths.
Their soul melts away because of trouble.

107:27 They reel back and forth, and stagger like a drunken man,
and are at their wits’ end.

107:28 Then they cry to Yahweh in their trouble,
and he brings them out of their distress.

107:29 He makes the storm a calm,
so that its waves are still.

107:30 Then they are glad because it is calm,
so he brings them to their desired haven.

107:31 Let them praise Yahweh for his loving kindness,
for his wonderful works for the children of men!

107:32 Let them exalt him also in the assembly of the people,
and praise him in the seat of the elders.

and in divers varieties of life.

107:33 He turns rivers into a desert,
water springs into a thirsty ground,

107:34 and a fruitful land into a salt waste,
for the wickedness of those who dwell in it.

107:35 He turns a desert into a pool of water,
and a dry land into water springs.

107:36 There he makes the hungry live,
that they may prepare a city to live in,

107:37 sow fields, plant vineyards,
and reap the fruits of increase.

107:38 He blesses them also, so that they are multiplied greatly.
He doesn’t allow their livestock to decrease.

107:39 Again, they are diminished and bowed down
through oppression, trouble, and sorrow.

107:40 He pours contempt on princes,
and causes them to wander in a trackless waste.

107:41 Yet he lifts the needy out of their affliction,
and increases their families like a flock.

107:42 The upright will see it, and be glad.
All the wicked will shut their mouths.

107:43 Whoever is wise will pay attention to these things.
They will consider the loving kindnesses of Yahweh.

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