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Psalm 107English Standard Version (ESV)

Book Five

Let the Redeemed of the Lord Say So

107 Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,
    for his steadfast love endures forever!
Let the redeemed of the Lord say so,
    whom he has redeemed from trouble[a]
and gathered in from the lands,
    from the east and from the west,
    from the north and from the south.

Some wandered in desert wastes,
    finding no way to a city to dwell in;
hungry and thirsty,
    their soul fainted within them.
Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,
    and he delivered them from their distress.
He led them by a straight way
    till they reached a city to dwell in.
Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love,
    for his wondrous works to the children of man!
For he satisfies the longing soul,
    and the hungry soul he fills with good things.

10 Some sat in darkness and in the shadow of death,
    prisoners in affliction and in irons,
11 for they had rebelled against the words of God,
    and spurned the counsel of the Most High.
12 So he bowed their hearts down with hard labor;
    they fell down, with none to help.
13 Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,
    and he delivered them from their distress.
14 He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death,
    and burst their bonds apart.
15 Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love,
    for his wondrous works to the children of man!
16 For he shatters the doors of bronze
    and cuts in two the bars of iron.

17 Some were fools through their sinful ways,
    and because of their iniquities suffered 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 delivered them from their distress.
20 He sent out his word and healed them,
    and delivered them from their destruction.
21 Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love,
    for his wondrous works to the children of man!
22 And let them offer sacrifices of thanksgiving,
    and tell of his deeds in songs of joy!

23 Some went down to the sea in ships,
    doing business on the great 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 evil plight;
27 they reeled and staggered like drunken men
    and were at their wits' end.[b]
28 Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,
    and he delivered them from their distress.
29 He made the storm be still,
    and the waves of the sea were hushed.
30 Then they were glad that the waters[c] were quiet,
    and he brought them to their desired haven.
31 Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love,
    for his wondrous works to the children of man!
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 evil 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 dwell,
    and they establish a city 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 livestock diminish.

39 When they are diminished and brought low
    through oppression, evil, and sorrow,
40 he pours contempt on princes
    and makes them wander in trackless wastes;
41 but he raises up the needy out of affliction
    and makes their families like flocks.
42 The upright see it and are glad,
    and all wickedness shuts its mouth.

43 Whoever is wise, let him attend to these things;
    let them consider the steadfast love of the Lord.

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 107:2 Or from the hand of the foe
  2. Psalm 107:27 Hebrew and all their wisdom was swallowed up
  3. Psalm 107:30 Hebrew they
English Standard Version (ESV)

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Psalm 107The Voice (VOICE)

Book Five

Book Five (Psalms 107–150) succinctly presents many of the major themes of the previous psalms. It tracks along Israel’s history as God’s nation, from the united monarchy, through the exile, to the restoration. Psalm 107 is a song of thanksgiving composed by those who survived exile and made their way home. As in Isaiah, the return from exile is described as a new exodus. Three Davidic psalms toward the beginning of Book Five represent the monarchy and recall Israel’s golden age. The Songs for the Journey to Worship (Psalm 120–134) are composed for use by God’s people as they traveled from their homes up to Zion to worship God at the temple. Representing their time in exile are songs of lament, heartbreaking testimonies to individuals’ pain when they are crushed by their enemies and separated from God’s blessings. Finally, Book Five concludes the collection by offering praise and thanks to God, for the story of Israel does not end with its exile and separation; rather, it ends in restoration and hope. Those who edited and compiled the Book of Psalms were relieved to be back in the land of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob—rebuilding their temple and reestablishing their connection with God.

Psalm 107

Erupt with thanks to the Eternal, for He is good
    and His loyal love lasts forever.
Let all those redeemed by the Eternal—
    those rescued from times of deep trouble—join in giving thanks.
He has gathered them across the earth,
    from east and west,
    from [north and south].[a]

Some drifted around in the desert
    and found no place where they could live.
Their bellies growled with hunger; their mouths were dry with thirst;
    their souls grew weak and weary.
In their distress, they called out to the Eternal,
    and He saved them from their misery.
He showed them the best path; then He led them down the right road
    until they arrived at an inhabited town.
May they erupt with praise and give thanks to the Eternal
    in honor of His loyal love
And all the wonders He has performed for humankind!
He has quenched their thirst,
    and He has satisfied their hunger with what is good.

10 Some people were locked up in dark prisons, confined in gloom as bleak as death.
    They were captives bound by iron chains and misery,
11 All because they had rebelled against the directives of the True God
    and had rejected the wisdom of the Most High.
12 So they suffered the heaviness of slave labor;
    when they stumbled and fell, there was no one to help them up.
13 In their distress, they called out to the Eternal;
    He saved them from their misery.
14 He rescued them from the darkness, delivered them from the deepest gloom of death;
    He shattered their iron chains.
15 May they erupt with praise and give thanks to the Eternal
    in honor of His loyal love
And all the wonders He has performed for humankind!
16 He has broken down the bronze gates
    and severed the iron bars that imprisoned them.

17 Some people became fools infected by their rebellious ways,
    and sickness followed because of their sins.
18 Afflicted and weak, they refused any sort of food
    as they approached the gates of death.
19 In their distress, they called out to the Eternal,
    and He saved them from their misery.
20 He gave the order and healed them
    and rescued them from certain death.
21 May they erupt with praise and give thanks to the Eternal
    in honor of His loyal love
And all the wonders He has performed for humankind!
22 Let them present to Him thanksgiving sacrifices
    and tell stories of His great deeds through songs of joy.

23 Some set out to sea in ships,
    traveling across mighty seas in order to trade in foreign lands.
24 They witnessed the powerful acts of the Eternal,
    marveled at the great wonders He revealed over the deep waters.
25 For He spoke and summoned a violent wind
    that whipped up the waves of the sea.
26 Relentless waves lifted the ships high in the sky, then drove them down to the depths;
    the sailors’ courage dissolved into misery.
27 They staggered and stumbled around like drunkards,
    and they had no idea what to do.
28 In their distress, they called out to the Eternal,
    and He saved them from their misery.
29 He commanded the storm to calm down, and it became still.
    A hush came over the waves of the sea,
30 The sailors were delighted at the quiet,
    and He guided them to their port.
31 May they erupt with praise and give thanks to the Eternal
    in honor of His loyal love
And all the wonders He has performed for humankind!
32 Let them glorify Him in the assembly of His people
    and worship Him in the presence of the elders.

33 God transforms wild, flowing rivers into dry, lonely deserts,
    lively springs of water into thirsty ground.
34 He turns lush gardens into lifeless wastelands,
    all because of the wickedness of those who reside there.
35 Yet He transforms a dry, lonely desert into pools of living water,
    parched ground into lively springs.
36 And He allows those who are hungry to live there
    so that they might build a livable city.
37 There they sow fields and plant vineyards
    and gather up an abundant harvest.
38 He anoints them with His blessings, and they greatly increase in number.
    He does not allow their herds to dwindle.

39 When His people lessen in number and are humbled
    through persecution, suffering, and brokenheartedness,
40 He pours out contempt on those responsible leaders
    and then makes them drift around in an uncharted wasteland.
41 But He raises the poor away from their suffering
    and multiplies their families like a flock.
42 The righteous see God’s actions, and they take delight in what He does,
    but the unrighteous don’t dare to speak.
43 Is there anyone wise? If so, may the wise take notice of these things
    and reflect upon the loyal love of the Eternal.

Footnotes:

  1. 107:3 Hebrew manuscripts read, “and the sea.”
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