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By awesome deeds you answer us with deliverance,

O God of our salvation;

you are the hope of all the ends of the earth

and of the farthest seas.


By your strength you established the mountains;

you are girded with might.


You silence the roaring of the seas,

the roaring of their waves,

the tumult of the peoples.


Those who live at earth’s farthest bounds are awed by your signs;

you make the gateways of the morning and the evening shout for joy.



You visit the earth and water it,

you greatly enrich it;

the river of God is full of water;

you provide the people with grain,

for so you have prepared it.


You water its furrows abundantly,

settling its ridges,

softening it with showers,

and blessing its growth.


You crown the year with your bounty;

your wagon tracks overflow with richness.


The pastures of the wilderness overflow,

the hills gird themselves with joy,


the meadows clothe themselves with flocks,

the valleys deck themselves with grain,

they shout and sing together for joy.

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5. terrible things—that is, by the manifestation of justice and wrath to enemies, accompanying that of mercy to His people (Ps 63:9-11; 64:7-9).

the confidence—object of it.

of all … earth—the whole world; that is, deservedly such, whether men think so or not.

6-13. God's great power and goodness are the grounds of this confidence. These are illustrated in His control of the mightiest agencies of nature and nations affecting men with awe and dread (Ps 26:7; 98:1, &c.), and in His fertilizing showers, causing the earth to produce abundantly for man and beast.

8. outgoings of … rejoiceall people from east to west.

9. visitest—in mercy (compare Ps 8:4).

river of God—His exhaustless resources.

11. thy paths—ways of providence (Ps 25:4, 10).

12. wilderness—places, though not inhabited by men, fit for pasture (Le 16:21, 22; Job 24:5).

pastures—is literally, "folds," or "enclosures for flocks"; and in Ps 65:13 it may be "lambs," the same word used and so translated in Ps 37:20; so that "the flocks are clothed with lambs" (a figure for abundant increase) would be the form of expression.