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BOOK V

(Psalms 107–150)

Psalm 107

Thanksgiving for Deliverance from Many Troubles

1

O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;

for his steadfast love endures forever.

2

Let the redeemed of the Lord say so,

those he redeemed from trouble

3

and gathered in from the lands,

from the east and from the west,

from the north and from the south.

 

4

Some wandered in desert wastes,

finding no way to an inhabited town;

5

hungry and thirsty,

their soul fainted within them.

6

Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,

and he delivered them from their distress;

7

he led them by a straight way,

until they reached an inhabited town.

8

Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love,

for his wonderful works to humankind.

9

For he satisfies the thirsty,

and the hungry he fills with good things.

 

10

Some sat in darkness and in gloom,

prisoners in misery and in irons,

11

for they had rebelled against the words of God,

and spurned the counsel of the Most High.

12

Their hearts were bowed down with hard labor;

they fell down, with no one to help.

13

Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,

and he saved them from their distress;

14

he brought them out of darkness and gloom,

and broke their bonds asunder.

15

Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love,

for his wonderful works to humankind.

16

For he shatters the doors of bronze,

and cuts in two the bars of iron.

 

17

Some were sick through their sinful ways,

and because of their iniquities endured affliction;

18

they loathed any kind of food,

and they drew near to the gates of death.

19

Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,

and he saved them from their distress;

20

he sent out his word and healed them,

and delivered them from destruction.

21

Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love,

for his wonderful works to humankind.

22

And let them offer thanksgiving sacrifices,

and tell of his deeds with songs of joy.

 

23

Some went down to the sea in ships,

doing business on the mighty waters;

24

they saw the deeds of the Lord,

his wondrous works in the deep.

25

For he commanded and raised the stormy wind,

which lifted up the waves of the sea.

26

They mounted up to heaven, they went down to the depths;

their courage melted away in their calamity;

27

they reeled and staggered like drunkards,

and were at their wits’ end.

28

Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,

and he brought them out from their distress;

29

he made the storm be still,

and the waves of the sea were hushed.

30

Then they were glad because they had quiet,

and he brought them to their desired haven.

31

Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love,

for his wonderful works to humankind.

32

Let them extol him in the congregation of the people,

and praise him in the assembly of the elders.

 

33

He turns rivers into a desert,

springs of water into thirsty ground,

34

a fruitful land into a salty waste,

because of the wickedness of its inhabitants.

35

He turns a desert into pools of water,

a parched land into springs of water.

36

And there he lets the hungry live,

and they establish a town to live in;

37

they sow fields, and plant vineyards,

and get a fruitful yield.

38

By his blessing they multiply greatly,

and he does not let their cattle decrease.

 

39

When they are diminished and brought low

through oppression, trouble, and sorrow,

40

he pours contempt on princes

and makes them wander in trackless wastes;

41

but he raises up the needy out of distress,

and makes their families like flocks.

42

The upright see it and are glad;

and all wickedness stops its mouth.

43

Let those who are wise give heed to these things,

and consider the steadfast love of the Lord.


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Ps 107:1-43. Although the general theme of this Psalm may have been suggested by God's special favor to the Israelites in their restoration from captivity, it must be regarded as an instructive celebration of God's praise for His merciful providence to all men in their various emergencies. Of these several are given—captivity and bondage, wanderings by land and sea, and famine; some as evidences of God's displeasure, and all the deliverances as evidence of His goodness and mercy to them who humbly seek Him.

1, 2. This call for thankful praise is the burden or chorus (compare Ps 107:8, 15, &c.).

2. redeemed of the Lord—(compare Isa 35:9, 10).

say—that is, that His mercy, &c.

hand of—or, "power of enemy."

3. gathered—alluding to the dispersion of captives throughout the Babylonian empire.

from the south—literally, "the sea," or, Red Sea (Ps 114:3), which was on the south.

4-7. A graphic picture is given of the sufferings of those who from distant lands returned to Jerusalem; or,

city of habitation—may mean the land of Palestine.

5. fainted—was overwhelmed (Ps 61:3; 77:3).

8, 9. To the chorus is added, as a reason for praise, an example of the extreme distress from which they had been delivered—extreme hunger, the severest privation of a journey in the desert.

10-16. Their sufferings were for their rebellion against (Ps 105:28) the words, or purposes, or promises, of God for their benefit. When humbled they cry to God, who delivers them from bondage, described as a dark dungeon with doors and bars of metal, in which they are bound in iron—that is, chains and fetters.

shadow of death—darkness with danger (Ps 23:4).

16. broken—literally, "shivered" (Isa 45:2).

17-22. Whether the same or not, this exigency illustrates that dispensation of God according to which sin brings its own punishment.

are afflicted—literally, "afflict themselves," that is, bring on disease, denoted by loathing of food, and drawing

18. near unto—literally, "even to"

gates—or, "domains" (Ps 9:13).

20. sent his word—that is, put forth His power.

their destructions—that is, that which threatened them. To the chorus is added the mode of giving thanks, by a sacrifice and joyful singing (Ps 50:14).

23-32. Here are set forth the perils of seafaring, futility of man's, and efficiency of God's, help.

go … sea—alluding to the elevation of the land at the coast.

24. These see … deep—illustrated both by the storm He raises and the calm He makes with a word (Ps 33:9).

25. waves thereof—literally, "His waves" (God's, Ps 42:7).

27. are … end—literally, "all their wisdom swallows up itself," destroys itself by vain and contradictory devices, such as despair induces.

29-32. He maketh … calm—or, "to stand to stillness," or "in quiet." Instead of acts of temple-worship, those of the synagogue are here described, where the people with the

assembly—or session of elders, convened for reading, singing, prayer, and teaching.

33-41. He turneth rivers into a wilderness, &c.—God's providence is illustriously displayed in His influence on two great elements of human prosperity, the earth's productiveness and the powers of government. He punishes the wicked by destroying the sources of fertility, or, in mercy, gives fruitfulness to deserts, which become the homes of a busy and successful agricultural population. By a permitted misrule and tyranny, this scene of prosperity is changed to one of adversity. He rules rulers, setting up one and putting down another.

40. wander … wilderness—reduced to misery (Job 12:24).

42, 43. In this providential government, good men will rejoice, and the cavils of the wicked will be stopped (Job 5:16; Isa 52:15), and all who take right views will appreciate God's unfailing mercy and unbounded love.




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