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Psalm 107

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1Praise God, for he is good: for still

his mercies lasting be.

2Let God’s redeem’d say so, whom he

from th’ en’my’s hand did free;

3And gather’d them out of the lands,

from north, south, east, and west.

4They stray’d in desert’s pathless way,

no city found to rest.

5For thirst and hunger in them faints

6their soul. When straits them press,

They cry unto the Lord, and he

them frees from their distress.

7Them also in a way to walk

that right is he did guide,

That they might to a city go,

wherein they might abide.

8O that men to the Lord would give

praise for his goodness then,

And for his works of wonder done

unto the sons of men!

9For he the soul that longing is

doth fully satisfy;

With goodness he the hungry soul

doth fill abundantly.

10Such as shut up in darkness deep,

and in death’s shade abide,

Whom strongly hath affliction bound,

and irons fast have ty’d:

11Because against the words of God

they wrought rebelliously,

And they the counsel did contemn

of him that is most High:

12Their heart he did bring down with grief,

they fell, no help could have.

13In trouble then they cry’d to God,

he them from straits did save.

14He out of darkness did them bring,

and from death’s shade them take;

These bands, wherewith they had been bound,

asunder quite he brake.

15O that men to the Lord would give

praise for his goodness then,

And for his works of wonder done

unto the sons of men!

16Because the mighty gates of brass

in pieces he did tear,

By him in sunder also cut

the bars of iron were.

17Fools, for their sin, and their offence,

do sore affliction bear;

18All kind of meat their soul abhors;

they to death’s gates draw near.

19In grief they cry to God; he saves

them from their miseries.

20He sends his word, them heals, and them

from their destructions frees.

21O that men to the Lord would give

praise for his goodness then,

And for his works of wonder done

unto the sons of men!

22And let them sacrifice to him

off ‘rings of thankfulness;

And let them shew abroad his works

in songs of joyfulness.

23Who go to sea in ships, and in

great waters trading be,

24Within the deep these men God’s works

and his great wonders see.

25For he commands, and forth in haste

the stormy tempest flies,

Which makes the sea with rolling waves

aloft to swell and rise.

26They mount to heav’n, then to the depths

they do go down again;

Their soul doth faint and melt away

with trouble and with pain.

27They reel and stagger like one drunk,

at their wit’s end they be:

28Then they to God in trouble cry,

who them from straits doth free.

29The storm is chang’d into a calm

at his command and will;

So that the waves, which rag’d before,

now quiet are and still.

30Then are they glad, because at rest

and quiet now they be:

So to the haven he them brings,

which they desir’d to see.

31O that men to the Lord would give

praise for his goodness then,

And for his works of wonder done

unto the sons of men!

32Among the people gathered

let them exalt his name;

Among assembled elders spread

his most renowned fame.

33He to dry land turns water-springs,

and floods to wilderness;

34For sins of those that dwell therein,

fat land to barrenness.

35The burnt and parched wilderness

to water-pools he brings;

The ground that was dry’d up before

he turns to water-springs:

36And there, for dwelling, he a place

doth to the hungry give,

That they a city may prepare

commodiously to live.

37There sow they fields, and vineyards plant,

to yield fruits of increase.

38His blessing makes them multiply,

lets not their beasts decrease.

39Again they are diminished,

and very low brought down,

Through sorrow and affliction,

and great oppression.

40He upon princes pours contempt,

and causeth them to stray,

And wander in a wilderness,

wherein there is no way.

41Yet setteth he the poor on high

from all his miseries,

And he, much like unto a flock,

doth make him families.

42They that are righteous shall rejoice,

when they the same shall see;

And, as ashamed, stop her mouth

shall all iniquity.

43Whoso is wise, and will these things

observe, and them record,

Ev’n they shall understand the love

and kindness of the Lord.

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